CLEVELAND, Ohio – Cody Morris posted an outstanding season between Double-A Akron and Triple-A Columbus in 2021 and could be the next arm to reach the majors after going through the famous Cleveland pitching plant.
Morris missed the 2020 pandemic season, but in just his second pro campaign he recorded surprising numbers in 15 appearances. The 6-foot-4 right-hander struck out 93 catches and walked 20 goals while keeping his opponents at an average of .189 in 61 innings.
The start of his season was delayed because Morris was recovering from a shoulder injury during the offseason, but once he joined the RubberDucks in Akron it was clear he was on the right track. . He averaged 13.72 strikeouts per nine innings and pitched at a 1.35 ERA in five outings for Akron before being promoted to Columbus on August 3.
On Friday’s Cleveland Baseball Talk podcast, Paul Hoynes and Joe Noga discussed Morris’ future with Cleveland and how he can improve for the 2022 season.
Morris 2021 statistics
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Morris Lead Ranking
MLB Pipeline has reviewed Prospect # 22 by Morris in the Cleveland Farming System. It was not ranked in the 2021 preseason standings.
Morris contract status for 2022
This is Morris’s first year on the 40-player roster, so he’ll likely be on a split contract that pays him at the major league minimum if he’s in the major league club. He will receive a different salary from the miners.
Cleveland retired Morris from the University of South Carolina after selecting him in the seventh round of the 2018 draft. It will be his first year of option.
What Morris needs to do in 2022
Morris underwent surgery on Tommy John in college and was delayed early in the 2021 campaign by shoulder strain he suffered during offseason training. At 6ft 4in and with long arm action, he could be injury prone, so the club will likely keep an eye on his workload and move with him gradually into 2022. But that doesn’t mean he doesn’t. ‘will not get a chance to contribute at the major league level. If he stays healthy, Morris could make a good start or get out of the bullpen by the end of May or early June. But there’s a good chance we’ll see him in Cleveland around July.
The Cleveland Baseball Talk podcast highlights one player on Cleveland’s 40-a-day roster, breaking down their 2021 season and anticipating what we can expect in 2022. Rankings will be voted on by SubText subscribers to determine the order in which they are examined.
Review of Cleveland’s 40-player roster
José Ramirez | Cal Quantrill | Emmanuel Clasé | Shane Bieber | Amed Rosario |
Aaron Civale | Franmil Reyes | Straw Myles | Zach Plesac | Bradley Zimmer |
Triston McKenzie | James Karinchak | Andrés Giménez | Oscar Mercado |
Trevor Stéphan | Bobby Bradley | Josh Naylor | Yu Chang | Sandlin / Morgan |
Austin Hurdles | Sam Hentges | Antoine Gose
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