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Eli Morgan

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Eli Morgan
Name: Elijah Allan Morgan
Born: May 13, 1996 in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. USA
College: Gonzaga
Ht.: 5'10" / Wt.: 190 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
Drafted in the 8th round (252nd overall) by the Cleveland Indians in 2017 (signed for $135,000)
Morgan went 20-5, 3.32 in 30 starts the last two years at Gonzaga, and his 12.34 strikeouts per nine innings ranked eighth nationally heading into NCAA Tournament play in 2017. However, the 5-foot-10, 185-pounder is no flamethrower. Morgan can reach 88-91 mph early in starts, but he settles in with below-average fastball velocity in the 85-88 range. His fastball plays up because of his easy plus changeup, one of the better secondary pitches available in the draft class. One area scout called it the best college changeup he's seen; he locates it, can use it in any count and throws the pitch with excellent arm speed and deception. Morgan also can throw his breaking ball for strikes. He's similar to 2016 Gonzaga draftee Brandon Bailey (Athletics, sixth round), though Bailey was a bit bigger and had a better breaking ball.
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