Height/Weight: 6’1”, 170 lbs
Acquired: 10th Rd 2010 (Charlotte Amalie HS, St. Thomas USVI)
Born: 11/14/92 (St. Thomas, Virgin Islands)
2011 Rank: 23
Why Ranked Here: Strikeouts are good, but walks are bad, right? Well, Morris led the K-Mets in both categories, finishing tied for fourth in the Appy League in strikeouts (61) and first in walks (38) in 51.1 innings.
Just 18 in 2011, (he turned 19 in November) Morris can run his fastball up into the upper 90s. That special velocity gets him this far. He has flashed a plus curveball as well.
Obviously, he has control issues. In part, his Kingsport catcher, Cam Maron thought that Morris just did not trust his fielders and tried to prevent all batters from putting the ball in play. Morris must improve his control, but the good news is that he has time.
Morris is a long, long way from the Majors, but he has one of the best arms on this list.
2011: For the second straight year, Morris allowed more walks than hits, folks. That’s impressive in its way. Oh, and he fanned 27% of the batters he faced. One concern: he allowed five homers, so one-sixth of the hits he allowed went over the wall.
Dr. Pangloss Says: Mid-rotation starter if he learns command and a changeup. Bullpen flamethrower if he doesn’t.
Debbie Downer Says: Another cautionary tale about the burnout rate on pitching prospects.
Projected 2012 Start: Savannah. He needs the innings.
MLB Arrival: 2016