1. Brandon Morrow
Call us suckers for storylines, but watching Brandon Morrow attempt to return to the mound for the first time since starring for the 2018 Cubs has caught our eye.
With his checkered injury history a known quantity, there was a degree of fatalism involved in watching Morrow pitch spectacularly in all seven games of the 2017 World Series in Los Angeles.
It was heroic, but on tenterhooks, and from that point on, the flame-throwing righty felt a bit like a ticking time bomb who unfortunately decomposed in Chicago the next season.
Could Brandon Morrow contribute to the 2021 Los Angeles Dodgers?
Morrow is clearly the highest-upside option of all the non-roster invitees, top prospects like Josiah Gray excluded, and he’ll likely get the first crack at any open bullpen position. After all, he’s got nothing left to prove except his availability.
Morrow’s struggles to stay healthy are much more tolerable when he’s working for a minor-league contract instead of toiling on a big-money deal. His 50 whiffs in 43.2 innings, 2.06 ERA and truly special 1.55 FIP in 2017 all stand as exemplars of his power fastball and ability to overwhelm the heart of a lineup in crucial situations.
As of now? There’s no room to take a chance on Morrow. But things can, and will, change, as long as his right arm delivers.