Draft Coverage: Morrow Rising Up the Charts

University of California pitcher Brandon Morrow is one of the top players in the 2006 draft class. Morrow has made 13 starts to date and is 7-3 with a 1.74 ERA in the Pac-10. He has allowed just 65 hits in 93 innings, and has fanned 96 batters. Opponents are hitting .200 off Morrow this season. Where will Morrow go in the draft? What type of pitcher does he project as? What are his strengths? Find out right now!

One California based area scout used two words when asked to describe the future ability of Morrow.

"Unlimited potential," said the scout. "He performed well in the Cape Cod League and has carried his productive ways this spring." Morrow was originally drafted in the 40th round by the Angels in the 2003 Draft, but made the correct career choice as he projects to go within the top ten picks this year.

Morrow features a fastball, slider, splitter and changeup in his pitching arsenal. The right-handers' fastball has been clocked between 94-99 MPH this spring. Morrow's splitter has also been an effective pitch for him, and has been clocked as high as 90 MPH.

"He is a fearless pitcher on the mound and has a good feel for pitching," said pitching coach Dan Hubbs. "He is not just a hard thrower. He thinks about setting up hitters and using his offspeed pitches to enhance his fastball."

Coach Hubbs noted that Morrow's work ethic and his power stuff separates him from the rest of the pack. Hubbs went on to say that Morrow strives for perfection with everything he does.

"He works hard on his strength and conditioning and I have never seen anyone with the desire to continually improve all his pitches. He wants to be perfect with all his pitches all the time."

California based scouts agreed with everything Hubbs had to say about his pitcher, and cited those factors as the reason Morrow will go high in the draft. However, scouts do have one concern about Morrow as he enters professional baseball.

"His command has been inconsistent this season and he has not shown the ability to throw all his pitches for strikes all the time. He must improve on that once he enters professional baseball."

When Morrow first began pitching for California he did not show the plus velocity he is showing now and he had to try and learn to throw more to the corner and pitcher with his offspeed stuff. Now, with his extra velocity he is attacking the zone. He has really become a more complete pitcher and has learned how to take care of himself on the mound.

Morrow made 19 appearances as a freshman and went 1-3 with a 6.07 ERA and fanned 18 batters in 30 innings. As a sophomore he made ten appearances and went 0-1 with a 9.36 ERA.

"Brandon has a chance to be a major league pitcher for a long time and is the kind of player you get into coaching to help develop. His progress over the past year especially has been exciting to watch," said Hubbs.

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