Q&A with Erik Morrison

Before he was a struck with a rib cage injury, Erik Morrison was as important to the championship winning Staten Island Yankees as any member of the team. Pitching lights out baseball coming out of the bullpen, Morrison made a name for himself among Yankee prospects. We checked in with the righthander for a Q&A session.

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PinstripesPlus.com: After your first season in professional baseball, would it be safe to say that it was exactly what you expected?

Erik Morrison: Yeah, I'd say it was pretty predictable. Coming into this, I think I had a pretty good idea of what to expect. I had talked to some people about what it would be like and I can its pretty much what I thought it would be. It was a lot of fun. Even though it is a short season, its still long coming out of playing college ball. You're playing a lot of games and you're playing so much longer than any other season you've played before. But, I think I had a pretty good idea of what to expect going into the season.

PinstripesPlus.com: You started off the season pitching so well with a long scoreless inning streak. Was it exciting for you to start off so well like that?

Erik Morrison: Oh yeah, definitely. Whenever you can start off that well, it makes it even more fun. It was definitely exciting. Its nice to know that you can come in and still produce at that level. I was lucky enough to come in and carry over the success I had in college and translate it into minor league success. It gives you a lot of confidence to know that you can succeed at this level too.

PinstripesPlus.com: Your workload seemed to lighten quite a bit in the last part of the season. Was there anything to that at all?

Erik Morrison: The last five weeks, I only pitched like three or four innings, right. I had a strained rib cage and I missed a lot of time trying to come back with that. I was also sick for like a week at one point. So, that was pretty disappointing considering I was pitching pretty well at the time. I wish I could have stayed healthy all season long and been able to perform for an entire season.

PinstripesPlus.com: Overall, would you say you are satisfied with how your first season in professional baseball?

Erik Morrison: Yeah, I think I'm pretty satisfied. Obviously, I would have liked to been healthy all year because I was rolling pretty good before I got hurt. So, that was one pretty disappointing part of this season. But, overall, I can't complain with how things went. I put up some good numbers and it was just a great learning experience for me.

PinstripesPlus.com: What would you say is the most important thing that you learned this season in Staten Island?

Erik Morrison: Well, I now know that you can't just throw your fastball by hitters in the minors. You need to really know how to pitch, not just throw the ball past people. So, that's probably the biggest lesson that I learned. It really teaches you how to pitch instead of throw. If you make a mistake at this level, the chances are you won't get away with it.

PinstripesPlus.com: You mentioned that you learned a lot in your first season. What are some things that you were taught by the Yankee coaches?

Erik Morrison: I needed a pitch to throw to lefties. I was real good against righties, but they helped me develop my changeup into a real good pitch versus lefties. That was something really important in order for me to have success at this level.

PinstripesPlus.com: Did you have to make any sort of mechanical adjustments since signing with the Yankees?

Erik Morrison: Yeah, they did actually. I had a lower arm slot and they brought it up a little bit when I came down to Tampa after I signed. They thought it would be better in terms of the longevity of my arm. So, that ended up working out well and it should help me in the long run also.

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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: After your first season in professional baseball, would it be safe to say that it was exactly what you expected?\r\n

\r\nErik Morrison: Yeah, I'd say it was pretty predictable. Coming into this, I think I had a pretty good idea of what to expect. I had talked to some people about what it would be like and I can its pretty much what I thought it would be. It was a lot of fun. Even though it is a short season, its still long coming out of playing college ball. You're playing a lot of games and you're playing so much longer than any other season you've played before. But, I think I had a pretty good idea of what to expect going into the season.\r\n

\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: You started off the season pitching so well with a long scoreless inning streak. Was it exciting for you to start off so well like that?\r\n

\r\nErik Morrison: Oh yeah, definitely. Whenever you can start off that well, it makes it even more fun. It was definitely exciting. Its nice to know that you can come in and still produce at that level. I was lucky enough to come in and carry over the success I had in college and translate it into minor league success. It gives you a lot of confidence to know that you can succeed at this level too.\r\n

\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: Your workload seemed to lighten quite a bit in the last part of the season. Was there anything to that at all?\r\n

\r\nErik Morrison: The last five weeks, I only pitched like three or four innings, right. I had a strained rib cage and I missed a lot of time trying to come back with that. I was also sick for like a week at one point. So, that was pretty disappointing considering I was pitching pretty well at the time. I wish I could have stayed healthy all season long and been able to perform for an entire season.\r\n

\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: Overall, would you say you are satisfied with how your first season in professional baseball?\r\n

\r\nErik Morrison: Yeah, I think I'm pretty satisfied. Obviously, I would have liked to been healthy all year because I was rolling pretty good before I got hurt. So, that was one pretty disappointing part of this season. But, overall, I can't complain with how things went. I put up some good numbers and it was just a great learning experience for me.\r\n

\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: What would you say is the most important thing that you learned this season in Staten Island?\r\n

\r\nErik Morrison: Well, I now know that you can't just throw your fastball by hitters in the minors. You need to really know how to pitch, not just throw the ball past people. So, that's probably the biggest lesson that I learned. It really teaches you how to pitch instead of throw. If you make a mistake at this level, the chances are you won't get away with it.\r\n

\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: You mentioned that you learned a lot in your first season. What are some things that you were taught by the Yankee coaches?\r\n

\r\nErik Morrison: I needed a pitch to throw to lefties. I was real good against righties, but they helped me develop my changeup into a real good pitch versus lefties. That was something really important in order for me to have success at this level.\r\n

\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: Did you have to make any sort of mechanical adjustments since signing with the Yankees?\r\n

\r\nErik Morrison: Yeah, they did actually. I had a lower arm slot and they brought it up a little bit when I came down to Tampa after I signed. They thought it would be better in terms of the longevity of my arm. So, that ended up working out well and it should help me in the long run also.
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\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: After your first season in professional baseball, would it be safe to say that it was exactly what you expected?\r\n

\r\nErik Morrison: Yeah, I'd say it was pretty predictable. Coming into this, I think I had a pretty good idea of what to expect. I had talked to some people about what it would be like and I can its pretty much what I thought it would be. It was a lot of fun. Even though it is a short season, its still long coming out of playing college ball. You're playing a lot of games and you're playing so much longer than any other season you've played before. But, I think I had a pretty good idea of what to expect going into the season.\r\n

\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: You started off the season pitching so well with a long scoreless inning streak. Was it exciting for you to start off so well like that?\r\n

\r\nErik Morrison: Oh yeah, definitely. Whenever you can start off that well, it makes it even more fun. It was definitely exciting. Its nice to know that you can come in and still produce at that level. I was lucky enough to come in and carry over the success I had in college and translate it into minor league success. It gives you a lot of confidence to know that you can succeed at this level too.\r\n

\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: Your workload seemed to lighten quite a bit in the last part of the season. Was there anything to that at all?\r\n

\r\nErik Morrison: The last five weeks, I only pitched like three or four innings, right. I had a strained rib cage and I missed a lot of time trying to come back with that. I was also sick for like a week at one point. So, that was pretty disappointing considering I was pitching pretty well at the time. I wish I could have stayed healthy all season long and been able to perform for an entire season.\r\n

\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: Overall, would you say you are satisfied with how your first season in professional baseball?\r\n

\r\nErik Morrison: Yeah, I think I'm pretty satisfied. Obviously, I would have liked to been healthy all year because I was rolling pretty good before I got hurt. So, that was one pretty disappointing part of this season. But, overall, I can't complain with how things went. I put up some good numbers and it was just a great learning experience for me.\r\n

\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: What would you say is the most important thing that you learned this season in Staten Island?\r\n

\r\nErik Morrison: Well, I now know that you can't just throw your fastball by hitters in the minors. You need to really know how to pitch, not just throw the ball past people. So, that's probably the biggest lesson that I learned. It really teaches you how to pitch instead of throw. If you make a mistake at this level, the chances are you won't get away with it.\r\n

\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: You mentioned that you learned a lot in your first season. What are some things that you were taught by the Yankee coaches?\r\n

\r\nErik Morrison: I needed a pitch to throw to lefties. I was real good against righties, but they helped me develop my changeup into a real good pitch versus lefties. That was something really important in order for me to have success at this level.\r\n

\r\nPinstripesPlus.com: Did you have to make any sort of mechanical adjustments since signing with the Yankees?\r\n

\r\nErik Morrison: Yeah, they did actually. I had a lower arm slot and they brought it up a little bit when I came down to Tampa after I signed. They thought it would be better in terms of the longevity of my arm. So, that ended up working out well and it should help me in the long run also.
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