Morel has practically crammed a season full of offensive production into a single month and the impressive part is that the month still isn’t over.
The rookie third baseman entered Thursday’s game against the Indians with seven home runs and 17 RBIs in September. From the start of May to the end of August he had two home runs and 15 RBIs.
Morel and Crede have always compared well defensively, but only now is Morel showing some Crede-like power. He will have to show a lot more of it to reach Crede’s power class, though.
“Is he going to have power like Crede? I doubt it,” manager Ozzie Guillen said. “Crede was a monster. He had natural power. This kid [Morel], he might have a chance to be a better [overall] hitter, but I don’t think he’s going to be a power hitter.”
Morel has defied that notion in September. He has the third most home runs this month in the American League. Only two White Sox rookies have hit at least seven home runs in one month and both were third baseman as well. Crede hit seven in August of 2002 and Josh Fields hit nine in August of 2007.
While Morel did hit a home run to left field Wednesday in Cleveland, his approach is typically to hit the ball from the gap in left-center field, to the gap in right center. Huge power numbers will be hard to come by with an approach that directs the ball toward the deepest part of the ballpark.
“This kid [Morel] came along very well,” Guillen said. “I think he’s going to be a better hitter, just because he can use [all fields]. Crede was more of a pull hitter. But I hope he [hits] in the clutch like Crede did.”
Even if Morel started to pull the ball more, he still might have a tough time matching the raw power of Crede.
“He’s got to lift a lot of weights because Crede got stupid power,” Guillen said. “Defensively, I compare Crede with Robin [Ventura]. Right now, it’s too early for me to say this kid has to be like them. But he will make the plays. I think he’s going to be a better player because he runs better than both. And he’s got a better chance to be a good hitter because he can show you he can hit balls all over the place.”