Thursday, December 18, 2008

Top 15 Hitters: #10 Ty Morrison

Ty Morrison
6'2'' 170 lbs DOB: 07/22/1990
Bats: Left | Throws: Right
2008: Princeton
Acquired: 2008 Draft, Round 4, 113th overall

Tall and thin, Morrison is what you'd call a project and ranks here almost solely on his upside. Morrison was drafted in the 4th round of an Oregon high school, but only played in 10 games with the P-Rays after signing, hitting an uninspiring 9-34 with no extra base hits.

Morrison's best present tool is his speed, which rates as above-average and, alongside his decent arm, helps him profile as a centerfielder down the line. Morrison has a pretty clean swing and is a good athlete, but he'll definitely need to get stronger as he comes through the system. He'll never hit for a ton of power or anything, and it might take a while for whatever power he has to develop, but he's not just a slap hitter.

The best-case scenario, keeping in mind he's only in rookie ball, is that Morrison becomes a .300 hitter with good centerfield defense, 10-15 HR power, and average plate discipline. The worst case scenario? Well, just look at other toolsy northwestern high scool players drafted by the Rays in the same range: Dustin Biell(5-2007), Shawn O'Malley(5-2006), Mike McCormick(5-2005).

Morrison will only be 18 on Opening Day, and will almost certainly be back in Princeton. He'll probably move through the system, but he's athletic enough that the reward would be worth it if he develops like the Rays imagine he will.


  1. Don't forget that Ty is NOT from the Northwest. He cut is baseball teeth in southeast VA in the same town that produced solid players like BJ & Justin Upton, David Wright, and Mike Cuddyer, the solid utility man for the Twins.

  2. ty morrison is the man hes gunna be awesome just wait

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