Name- AVERY BRYAN MORRIS
Position- Starting Pitcher
Residence- Tullahoma, Tenn.
DOB- Mar. 3, 1987
How Obtained- Drafted in first round, 2006
2006 Club- Ogden (Pioneer)
The Dodgers have had pitchers whose records belied their abilities while they were in the Pioneer League- Scott Elbert and Justin Orenduff come to mind- so the fact that Bryan Morris didn't fare well statistically doesn't bother them. He certainly has the talent for managers in the Pioneer League voted him the number one prospect in the league despite the fact that he was only 4-5 with a 5.13 ERA
That's because he throws his fast ball as high as 96 mph and has a curve that drops down with devastating results. He also has been working on a slider and changeup. That is, he was until he suffered arm problems while getting ready for the Instructional League which resulted in Tommy John surgery so they'll have to see how he develops.
Morris had been a third round pick of Tampa Bay in 2005 but they failed to come through with an agreed-upon sum rumored to be about $1.4 million so he went off to Motlow Junior College where his dad coaches and where he played
outfield while not pitching.
The Dodgers made him the 26th overall choice in 2006 with the draft pick acquired when the Angels signed Jeff Weaver. Perhaps all that playing time in college led to his arm problems but more likely it was his delivery which tends to be rather herky-jerky.
He struck out 79 batters in 60 innings with it, though, but also had control lapses. Organizational pitching instructor Marty Reed will work on smoothing him out when he gets to the mound again.
Meanwhile he'll rehab during the 2007 season though he could get some innings in when Instructional League time rolls around again.
Dodger Prospect #15 Bryan Morris
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