Charles Alfred Morton IV is a well-known professional baseball pitcher who currently plays for the Houston Astros. Known simply as Charlie Morton, he was brought down to 95th place in the third round of the 2002 MLB Draft by the Atlanta Braves, with whom he began his professional career in the Minor League, before advancing to the Major League with them in 2008. Before being signed to the Astros, Charlie played for the Philadelphia Phillies and the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Charlie Morton Bio, Age
Morton was born in Flemington, New Jersey on November 12, 1983, the son of Jeanne and Chip Morton. His father was a former Penn State basketball player who later worked as an accountant. His grandfather also played baseball for the Philadelphia Athletics farm system during his active years.
Charlie grew up in Trumbull, Connecticut, where he began playing in the small leagues with future infielder Jamie D’Antona and pitcher Craig Breslow. As an adolescent, Charlie Morton had the privilege of attending ball games at Yankee Stadium and idolized Roger Clemens and Derek Jeter.
A student at Joel Barlow High School in Redding, Connecticut, Morton played for the school’s baseball team and chose a career in baseball after graduating in 2002.
Charlie was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 3rd round of the 2002 Major League Baseball Draft and began his professional career with the GCL Braves that same year. The following year he played for the Danville Braves and would spend his next two seasons (2004 and 2005) with the Rome Braves.
He played for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans in 2006 and the Mississippi Braves in 2007. Later that year, the Braves added him to their 40-man roster, and in June 2008 Morton made his league debut in a game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. In that game, he allowed three runs in six innings to claim his first major league victory.
In 2009, he was transferred to the Pittsburgh Pirates alongside Jeff Locke and Gorky’s Henandez in exchange for Nate McLouth. That same month, Morton made his Pirates debut in a game against his former team, the Atlanta Braves. In July, he threw six innings with a hit ball in a game against the Florida Marlins to win his first game. In September, Charlie Morton threw a full game of four goals and eight strikeouts against the Chicago Cubs.
He ended his 2009 season with eighteen starts, five wins, nine losses, and a record 4.55 ERA, ninety-seven pitched innings and sixty-two strikeouts, forty walks, seven home runs, five-hit batsmen, 1.46 WHIP, and an average of 0.276. Morton struggled throughout the 2015 spring training due to an inflammation in his recently surgically repaired hip and was placed on a fifteen-day disability list. In December of the same year, the Pirates traded him for the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for David Whitehead after he had spent six seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies.
His stay with the Phillies was short-lived, as he sustained a hamstring injury in a game against the Milwaukee Brewers in April 2016 and had to be placed on the disabled list the next day, before missing the rest of the 2016 season due to a torn hamstring.
In November 2016, Morton signed a $14 million three-year contract with the Houston Astros. During the regular 2017 season, he started twenty-five games with a 14-7 record with an ERA of 3.62. He also threw 146 2/3 innings with one hundred and sixty-three strikeouts. During the October game that sent the Astros into the World Series, Charlie threw 5 shutout innings with 5 strikeouts.
In the World Series, he started Game 4 by pitching over 6.1 innings and scored a run of three hits and seven strikeouts in one game that ended in defeat. He reached the pinnacle of his career during game 7, pitching the last four innings that were crucial to the team’s first-ever World Series victory. He ended the regular 2018 season with a 15-3 win, 3.13 ERA, and two hundred and twenty-one strikeouts.
The Astros pitcher has been married to his wife Cindy Morton since 2012. Before they tied the knots, the couple had been together for five years. They welcomed their first child together, a little boy in 2015, and since then they have had three more children, the youngest family member, a little girl, who arrived in September 2018.
Charlie Morton Height And Body Measurements
Marton stands at a height of 1.95 m (6 ft 4 in) and weighs 107 kg (236 pounds). Information about his other body measurements has not yet been confirmed.