Yep, yet another intriguing young arm from the Angels' 2013 draft class. Elliot Morris is bringing the heat at #23 on our prospect countdown list.
Position: RHP Highest Level: Rookie
Bats: R Throws: R Height: 6'4" Weight: 210
Age: 21 Born: 4/26/1992
2013 Rank: Unranked
2013 Season Stats
Orem: 27.1 IP, 2-2, 3.95 ERA, 29 H, 11 BB, 1 HR, 25 SO, 3.38 FIP, .359 BABIP, 39.2 GB%
Fastball = B
Morris’ fastball sat between 89-93 this season in Orem, sitting mostly at 92-93 and was even juiced up to 95 on occasion. He doesn’t hide the ball but does use the same arm angle for his change up’s effectiveness in the future.
Offspeed Pitches = D
Morris has a changeup and a curve, but neither are particularly effective pitches right now. He struggles with his release point on his curveball and doesn’t seem to have a particular feel for where it’s going, though it does show at least average break. His changeup seems like the better of the two for the time being but in the future it will likely become a rarely used pitch. He uses the same arm slot and speed which gives the pitch deception but it really doesn’t move at all and is simply a slower version of his fastball for now. His effectiveness as a starter will likely depend on his ability to command the curve ball and hopefully find something that can make his change up move a little.
Control = B
Morris had no troubles keeping his fastball and changeup around the strike zone. His curve is another matter but he has plenty of time to work on that.
Command = B
It changes with each pitch. Morris can command his fastball, which works in his favor because 92 MPH fastballs don’t generally blow hitters away. But it does make him particularly more advanced at this stage of his career than most first year pitchers. Morris has even shown the ability to spot his change on occasion, though I’d hope he keeps it down more. His curve however is still elusive.
Mechanics = A
That’s the initial thing that stuck out to me with Morris. He has a very “pretty” delivery. He stands upright, is balanced, lands gracefully, his high three-quarters release isn’t violent. He had Tommy John surgery in 2011 and had a bit of a slow recovery from what I understand, but looking at him right now, his delivery looks like exactly what is commonly taught. I guess if I were going to nitpick, I’d say he doesn’t show a ton of hip turn which may rob him of a couple ticks on his fastball but his motion is just so effortless I’d rather he kept it the same.