Dodger Prospect #15 RHP Bryan Morris

Latest in a series on top Dodger prospects as we count down to the very best. While Bill Shelley is on medical leave, take a look at Prospect #11, RHP Bryan Morris.

The Dodgers are eagerly awaiting the return of their 2006 first round pick Bryan Morris who missed the entire 2007 following Tommy John surgery. In his rookie season he was 4-5 with a 5.17 earned run average but struck out 79 in 59 innings, a fine 12.05 strikeouts per nine innings at Ogden.

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 didn'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.

   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 was working on a slider and changeup until he suffered arm problems while getting ready for the Instructional League which resulted in Tommy John surgery.

   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 herkey-jerkey.

He spent 2007 rehabbing his valuable arm but should be ready for action this season.

His record;
Avery Bryan Morris   bl  tr  6-3   205
Born March 3, 1987
Obtained- Selected in first round (26th overall) 2006

year	team    w-l   era   gm  gs   in    h  bb  so
2006	Ogden   4-5   5.13  14  14  59.2  64  40  79
2007	Did not play	

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