Scouting Phils Prospect #5: Adam Morgan

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Adam Morgan skipped over Lakewood last season and then moved again during the year, ending up at Double-A Reading. Morgan responded well to jumping over a level in the minors and he's pushing for a spot at Triple-A this season.

Adam Morgan

Position: Starting Pitcher
Bats/Throws: Left / Left
Birthday/Age: February 27, 1990 (23)
Ht/Wt: 6' 1", 195 pounds

How he became a Phillie: Drafted by the Phillies in the third round of the 2011 Draft out of the University of Alabama.

Repertoire: Coming out of college, Morgan had a good fastball, a decent slider and a change-up that was average at best. Now, he's refined his mechanics slightly, has his fastball velocity up to 91-94 and his slider and change-up are both good pitches, with the slider being stronger right now than the change. Not only can Morgan throw all three pitches well, but he has excellent command of all three pitches, making him a tough opponent. Morgan also has a curve, but it's not as effective as his top three pitches and he uses it generally just to keep hitters honest. Like his other pitches though, Morgan commands it well.

Adam Morgan's league comparisons
STATS Florida State LEAGUE AVERAGES MORGAN'S FSL AVERAGES
ERA 3.85 3.29
WHIP 1.3 1.1
H/9 IP 8.7 7.5
HR/9 IP 0.6 0.5
BB/9 IP 3.3 2.0
K/9 IP 7.4 10.2
K/BB 2.2 5.0
WP/9 IP 0.6 0.2

Scouting Report: Morgan projects to be one of those guys who will be able to eat innings as a starter. His walk numbers climbed from two per nine innings to 2.8 per nine innings when he moved from Clearwater to Reading last season and his walks per nine came back to Earth after sitting at 10.2 Ks per nine at Clearwater. He still struck out a little over seven hitters per nine innings and since he has such strong command, he doesn't give up many home runs (just 11 in 212 1/3 professional innings).

You have to keep in mind too, that Morgan skipped over Lakewood and pitched at Clearwater last season and was then promoted to Double-A late in the year, so he's moved very quickly.

Ceiling: Morgan has quickly taken himself from a guy who figured to be a decent back-of-the-rotation type pitcher to a guy who is easily middle-of-the-rotation and possibly more. The Phillies were impressed with what they saw out of Morgan in big league camp this spring.

ETA: It's going to be an interesting decision on where to start Morgan this season. He only started six games at Double-A Reading last season, so conventional wisdom plus the fact that the Phillies have moved him so quickly, says he could use more time there. His performance this spring was impressive though and if the Phillies truly do want to fast track him, they could well justify starting him at Triple-A. GM Ruben Amaro Jr. has already hinted that Morgan might be called on if the Phillies needed someone to plug a hole in their rotation temporarily, so they may want him at Triple-A to face the slightly higher caliber hitters and assess what he truly can do. No matter where he starts the season, if the numbers are there, he'll be on the short-list of candidates for a September trip to Philadelphia and could well be there sooner. Next spring, he'll likely be battling for a spot in the rotation.

Adam Morgan's career stats

YearTeamWLERAGGSIPHRERHRBBSOWHIP
2011Williamsport332.01111153.2421812214431.043
2012Clearwater4103.292120123.010346457281401.065
2012Reading413.536635.2341414211291.262
2012combined stats8113.352726158.213760599391691.109
2 Seasons11143.013837212.1179787111532121.093
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 3/23/2013.


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