Morgan Soaks Up Camp Experience
The Phillies re-assigned the left-handed pitching prospect to Minor League camp today. Morgan, who MLB.com ranks the seventh-best prospect in the Phillies organization, went 0-1 with a 1.93 ERA in two Grapefruit League appearances. He allowed five hits, four runs (one earned run), two walks and struck out six in 4 2/3 innings.
The Phillies need him to get ready for the Minor League season, but they love his potential and think he could be a mainstay in the rotation in the future. He could open this season in Double-A Reading or Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
“It was amazing,” Morgan said about his first big-league camp experience. “It was awesome. I felt like I took advantage of every day. I tried to learn something new every day. I didn’t take anything for granted. You come in here and I guess you’re kind of star struck by everybody at first. But they’re good guys. They’re very approachable guys.
“I picked Cole Hamels’ brain a little bit in the dugout, just trying to figure out what he does in between starts and what works for him. There’s no better pitching staff than this one here just to pick their brains. I just tried to figure out what he did in between starts, like video, what he looks for in hitters, what pitches to throw in certain situations, some of his grips. He opened up to me. That was great. That’s something I will always remember.”
In fact, Hamels and Morgan compared changeup grips. Morgan’s changeup took a step forward last season, so he wanted to look at Hamels’ because he has one of the best in baseball.
The Phillies selected Morgan, 23, in the third round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft. He went a combined 8-11 with a 3.35 ERA in 27 appearances (26 starts) last season with Class A Clearwater and Reading.
The Phillies also released outfielder Joe Mather. They invited him to camp as a Non-Roster Invitee. He hit .091 (1-for-11) with one RBI, one walk and four strikeouts in eight games.
More roster moves are expected after the game.