Morgan Soaks Up Camp Experience

Adam MorganIf everything continues on its current path, in the future Adam Morgan won’t have to pack his bags for the short trip to Carpenter Complex.

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.

6 Comments

I really like Morgan’s attitude of always trying to learn. Some guys seem like they are either too cocky to ask, or too shy. My mom always told me that a closed mouth is a hungry mouth, so speak up.

We were at spring training during the 1st week of workouts. We got autographs from a lot of the young guys and most of them were really nice — especially Adam Morgan. Really looking forward to seeing guys like Morgan, Joseph and Asche develop into future Phils.

Yeah the future doesn’t look as bad as many people are predicting in my opinion.

Agreed. It’s just that we don’t have a “can’t miss” prospect like many other teams. Yet many of those “can’t miss” guys actually do miss.

Or miss for 3 years for various reasons then finally (crossing my fingers) break out. Haha

Think about the positions we could possibly need to replace in the next couple years though. 2nd base (Galvis/Hernandez), catcher (Joseph/Valle), SP (Morgan, Martin, Pettibone, and Biddle eventually), and 3rd base (Asche or maybe Franco if Asche sputters).

We aren’t in bad shape for the needs that we will have in the near future. Plus we will possibly have a lot of money coming off the books too, so whichever don’t pan out, replace with FA.

I’m really not too worried about the future anymore.

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