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A.J. Morris

RHP | RedsCIN
A.J. Morris
Name: Anthony J. Morris
Born: Dec 1, 1986 in Humble, Texas USA
College: Kansas State
Ht.: 6'2" / Wt.: 195 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
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Career4813.311.252.797.22
Drafted in the 4th round (112th overall) by the Washington Nationals in 2009 (signed for $270,000)
Morris has been one of the biggest surprises of the college season, setting Kansas State single-season records for wins (14) and strikeouts (100 in 116 innings). He handed Arizona State's Mike Leake his only loss of the season, and would have dealt Missouri's Kyle Gibson a defeat if the Wildcats' bullpen hadn't blown a lead for him. It has been a far cry from his 4-4, 6.04 performance as a sophomore. Morris has dominated with just two pitches, a 90-91 mph fastball that tops out at 94 and a solid slider. He locates both with precision, usually on the corners and at the knees, and his command allows them both to play above their average grades. Morris is throwing from a lower arm slot this year, giving him more lateral life on his pitches, and he has scrapped an ineffective curveball. Hitters have trouble picking up his pitches. He also has added 15 pounds and now carries 200 on his 6-foot-2 frame. Morris hasn't needed a changeup and some area scouts say they haven't even see him throw one while warming up between innings. His emergence began in the West Coast League last summer, and some clubs tried to sign him as a free agent after he went undrafted last June as a sophomore-eligible. Some scouts worry about his size, arm action and lack of a third pitch, but a team that believes heavily in performance could take him early in the second round.
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