Legends On Deck

Prospects on Deck: RHP Elijah Morgan – Indians

When you think of Gonzaga University, you probably think of basketball. When you think of your prototypical dominant pitcher, you probably don’t think 5’10, 190 pounds. Well, the Cleveland Indians have a young right hander in their system that is currently breaking both of those stereotypes.

Elijah Morgan was the Indians eighth round draft pick in 2017 after a successful career at Gonzaga. During his time in college, the California native spent three years terrorizing WCC hitters and would end his stint in third on Gonzaga’s all time strikeout list. He wound up striking out over 280 hitters while walking just 70. He also earned one first team All-American nod from Perfect Game and a second team All-American selection as well.

After the draft, Morgan pitched in 13 games for Mahoning Valley where he brought his pinpoint command with him. Filling up the strike zone is exactly what Morgan was acquired for and he continued to do so in first stint in pro ball when he struck out 58 while walking just nine in 35 innings. Morgan’s impressive K/BB ratio and his 1.03 ERA earned him a spot on the Single-A roster for opening day 2018.

Morgan didn’t miss a beat when he was promoted to full season ball and his stay in Single-A was short lived due to his dominance. He put up virtually the exact same numbers in the walk and strikeout categories while lowering his WHIP from 0.94 in 2017 to 0.88. After just eight starts, Morgan was headed to Lynchburg to join the High-A club.

While Morgan’s debut in the Carolina League probably didn’t live up to his standards, he still had a solid outing considering he had only started 13 pro games heading into it. He allowed two homers in Monday’s outing, the same amount he had given up his whole pro career to this point, but allowed just three runs over five innings. Also of note, of his 87 pitches, 54 were strikes which is right on par with his previous outings.

If Eli Morgan isn’t on your radar already, he should be. The right hander possesses a big league ready change up, something many pitchers his age can’t claim, and has deceived hitters everywhere he has been. After making easy work of his first two pro stops, it will be interesting to see how Morgan handles his toughest competition yet while being more than a year younger than the average player in the Carolina League. While the sheer dominance may not be there as he progresses, I believe Morgan will continue to move through the system and join a stellar Indians pitching staff in a couple of years.

Featured Image Courtesy of Mathew Carper

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