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Bryan Morris

San Francisco Giants San Francisco Giants
Bryan Morris
Name: Avery Bryan Morris
Born: Mar 28, 1987 in Woodbury, TN
Junior College: Motlow State (Tenn.) JC
High School: Tullahoma (Tenn.) HS
Ht.: 6'3" / Wt.: 220 lbs
Bats: L / Throws: R
Drafted in the 1st round (26th overall) by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2006 (signed for $1,325,000)
The Devil Rays and Morris reportedly agreed to a signing bonus in excess of $1 million last summer, but when the old Devil Rays management failed to follow through, Morris headed off to Motlow State, where his father is a coach. He led Tennessee junior college pitchers with a 0.91 ERA, racking up 108 strikeouts in 79 innings. When he wasn't pitching, Morris hit and played center field, and scouts expressed bewilderment at his reckless abandon on the basepaths, which led to a broken bone in his left hand following a headfirst slide. Morris' stuff was as good or better than it was during 2005. His fastball sits between 90-93 mph, touching 95 with late life. His power breaking ball has excellent depth and grades as a plus pitch. He'll flash a rudimentary changeup and has improved his slider. His delivery is not pretty, but his arm works and his stuff is consistent, so an overhaul isn't likely. Because of his quick arm, he manages to overcome his mechanics, although his command is inconsistent. Morris maintained he wanted $1 million out of high school, and there's no reason to believe he'll settle for less after acquitting himself nicely in junior college.
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