MB 100 | Top 40 | No. 24 Julio Morban, OF

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== The Morbanwagon still can’t quite maintain cruising speed ==

MB 100 | No. 24 Julio Morban

OF | 2014 age: 22 | 6-1, 205

International free agent from Dominican Republic

2013 ranking: No. 15

Year Age Tm Lev G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
2009 17 2 Teams Rk 46 175 163 31 44 10 7 5 23 8 3 7 52 .270 .309 .509 .818
2010 18 4 Teams A+-Rk-A- 10 29 25 1 6 0 0 0 2 0 0 4 8 .240 .345 .240 .585
2011 19 Clinton A 80 336 301 44 77 12 7 4 28 10 5 26 99 .256 .315 .382 .697
2012 20 2 Teams A+-Rk 82 352 321 58 99 16 2 17 55 5 1 21 70 .308 .352 .530 .882
2013 21 Jackson AA 86 326 295 46 87 20 5 7 44 7 2 28 95 .295 .362 .468 .830
5 Seasons 304 1218 1105 180 313 58 21 33 152 30 11 86 324 .283 .338 .463 .802
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 3/24/2014.

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Spectometer Analysis:

Year Age Lvl HR% BB% XBH + BB% ISO K% PSA+ Conv+ Comp
Age Arc Slugger > 4% Goal > 8.5% Goal > 19% Goal > .200 Goal < 20% Strong Prospect > 100
2009 17 “-2” 2.86% 4.00% 16.57% 0.239 29.71% 31 91 22
2010 18 “-1” 0.00% 13.79% 13.79% 0.000 27.59% 64 9 -27
2011 19 “-1” 1.19% 7.74% 14.58% 0.126 29.46% 37 44 -18
2012 20 “-1” 4.83% 5.97% 15.91% 0.222 19.89% 78 98 76
2013 21 “-1” 2.15% 8.59% 18.40% 0.173 29.14% 55 73 28

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Special Sauce:

  • Hit 7 triples in 2009 and another 7 in 2011.
  • Has managed to miss time with injury every season he’s played.

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Commentary:

Oh how tantalizing Morban has been!  Always young for his level, showing flashes of slugging power, flashes of patience, flashes of avoiding strikeouts — but not usually all at the same time.

And then he’d get injured.

In addition to another season-ending injury, 2013 also saw the organization moving away from Morban in center field.  He was never a lock to stay there, and there were other guys at Jackson better suited to get the time there, but after playing more often than not in CF in prior years, Morban played just five games there in 2013.

That being said, if Morban ever puts it all together, then he might well have the LH bat to play at a corner, and, since he’ll only be 22 this year, he’s still got time to figure it out.

But he’s got to stay on the field (career high 86 games in a season), and consolidate his abilities.  The ugly spike-back in the K-rate column was what kept him from blossoming in 2013.  Plus, his power looks to be somewhat High-Desert-inflated.

But putting up interesting numbers in High-A at 20 and decent numbers at AA at 21 is still encouraging.

There are still plenty of seats on the Morbanwagon, and it’s looking like more of a longshot that it will ever switch on the cruise control.  But there’s still interesting things happening on board.

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Extra Innings:

This has been our Morbanwagon theme song from the beginning, so no need to change now.

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2 thoughts on “MB 100 | Top 40 | No. 24 Julio Morban, OF

  1. Interesting and sad that our most talented OF prospect can’t crack the Top 20. He’s one of those guys that just might overcome the K problem like a Carlos Gomez or Starling Marte.

    Is Isaiah Yates yet to be ranked or did I miss his profile?

    • This little corner of the internet is the original home of the Morbanwagon (when we were at MarinersTalk.com), and I’m still a big fan.
      morbanwagon

      He fell out of the top 20 because he didn’t have a great year (the prior year’s progress on Ks disappearing), then got hurt. He would have tread water, but other guys passed him.

      Yates was on the “Watch List” for the OF, down from “26intheMix” prior to 2013. He went the wrong direction on both walks and strikeouts, which took away what made his rookie season most interesting. I still like him, too, but as with Morban other guys passed him.

      Always appreciate your comments, JD!

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