Christopher Morel, a relatively unknown 23-year-old Chicago Cubs outfielder who began the season in the minors, is now MLB’s hottest hitter.
He’s not just “seeing the ball well,” as a manager or hitting coach might say. Morel is mashing the ball at a clip not seen in modern Cubs history
The phenom hit yet another home run Saturday, his seventh in his first 10 games since making his season debut on May 9.
There was nothing cheap about his home run in the eighth inning against Philadelphia Phillies reliever Connor Brogdon. It left the bat at 101.2 mph and traveled 406 feet, according to Statcast.
Christopher Morel has crushed 7 homers in 10 games this season! ⚾️💣 pic.twitter.com/bxLm6aOZ7G
— The Comeback (@thecomeback) May 20, 2023
Morel becomes the first Cubs player in modern history to hit seven home runs in his first 10 games of a season.
Christopher Morel is the first Cubs hitter in modern baseball history to hit seven home runs in his first 10 games of a season, per Cubs.
He's the 13th Cub to have a 10-game streak with a hit and a run, and the first to do so to start his season.
— Maddie Lee (@maddie_m_lee) May 20, 2023
Beyond knocking the ball out of the park, Morel is batting .381 with an OPS of 1.361. He has 13 RBIs already and five multi-hit games.
Morel batted ninth in the order Saturday. It might be time for manager David Ross to rethink Morel’s spot.
It’s a wonder it took the Cubs so long to call up Morel from Triple-A Iowa, where he had 11 home runs and a 1.155 OPS in 115 at-bats.
Cubs fans who’ve suffered through a couple of tough seasons now have a player to get excited about.
— Kellen Sherman (@KShermanSports) May 20, 2023
Christopher Morel now has 18 homers this season (11 at AAA, 7 in 10 MLB games).
He has 23 big-league homers in 469 career plate appearances (nice).
— Matt Clapp (@TheBlogfines) May 20, 2023
Christopher Morel should have never touched AAA this year. This man looks like a franchise cornerstone. The fact that we couldn't find a spot for him is ridiculous
— Jayson (@BearDownVibes) May 20, 2023
Remember when Christopher Morel wasn’t good enough to be on the #Cubs major league roster? Clown show
— Ryne (@ryneobrien) May 20, 2023
And Ross has him hitting 9th.. Kruk said you would think you’d want to get him more at bats, not less. Will anyone in the press ask David Ross his thought process on this?
— EVH (@souperirish) May 20, 2023
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