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Bucks Baseball Player

Motlow State Community College

Employment History


  • Tullahoma High School
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They are the fifth and sixth ..., 1 May 2013 [cached]
They are the fifth and sixth members of the Morris family to play or coach for the Bucks, joining Ricky, Bryan, Josh and Steven.
Bryan Morris became the second former Motlow Bucks baseball player to play in the major leagues when he took the mound for the Pittsburgh Pirates and pitched a shutout inning against the Chicago Cubs on Friday, Sept. 14 in Chicago.
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Former Motlow Buck Bryan Morris is now a member of the Pittsburg Pirates. Photo provided. Morris joins former Motlow pitcher David Weathers as the only Bucks to reach the major leagues.
Morris played his prep baseball at Tullahoma High School, where he was named a Louisville Slugger All-American following his senior season in 2005. He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the third round following high school, but chose to attend Motlow instead. Bryan's father, Ricky, was a sixth-round draft pick by the Minnesota Twins in 1968 and is a former assistant baseball coach at Motlow.
Morris had one of the best seasons in Motlow pitching history in 2006, compiling a 10-1 record with 122 strikeouts and a sparkling 0.82 earned run average. He was drafted in the first round, the 26th player chosen overall, and signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers following his freshman season at Motlow.
He was acquired by the Pirates from the Dodgers on July 31, 2008, along with Andy LaRoche, in a three team deal that also sent Jason Bay from Pittsburgh to Boston, Manny Ramirez from Boston to Los Angeles, and Brandon Moss and Craig Hansen from Boston to Pittsburgh.
Bryan missed the 2007 season due to a shoulder injury that required Tommy John surgery. Although he was a starting pitcher throughout his career, his move to the bullpen late in the 2011 season at AAA Indianapolis improved his velocity and increased his success on the mound. Morris had a 2.67 ERA with 79 strikeouts and just 17 walks in 81 innings with Indianapolis this season.
He was called up in late June by the Pirates, but after spending only one day in Pittsburg and not appearing in a game, he was sent back to Indianapolis. With the major league roster expanding to 40 players in September, he finally did what only one other Motlow Buck has ever done.
Morris pitched another inning on Tuesday, Sept. 18 against the Milwaukee Brewers, allowing a pair of hits and one earned run as the Pirates dropped a 6-0 decision. NEWS [cached]
Bryan Morris started for the Loons and allowed three runs in the third inning.
Marlins acquire Morris from ..., 1 June 2014 [cached]
Marlins acquire Morris from Pirates
They acquired right-handed reliever Bryan Morris from the Pittsburgh Pirates for the 39th overall pick in the 2014 MLB draft.
Morris, 27, is 4-0 with a 3.80 ERA this season. He is tied for third in the majors in wins by a reliever.
Morris, meanwhile, is expected to arrive on Monday, when the Marlins open a four-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Bryan Morris traded to Marlins ..., 1 June 2014 [cached]
Bryan Morris traded to Marlins - ESPN
Bryan Morris traded to Marlins
Miami Marlins acquire reliever Bryan Morris from Pittsburgh Marlins acquire reliever Bryan Morris in trade with
Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Top Prospects: ..., 11 June 2011 [cached]
Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Top Prospects: #15 – Bryan Morris | Bryan Morris, RHP | Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Top Prospects: #15 – Bryan Morris
Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Top Prospects: #15 – Bryan Morris | Bryan Morris, RHP | Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Top Prospects: #15 – Bryan Morris
Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Top Prospects: #15 – Bryan Morris | Bryan Morris, RHP | Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Top Prospects: #15 – Bryan Morris
January 16, 2013 1:14 pm You are here: Home2013 Top ProspectsPittsburgh Pirates 2013 Top Prospects: #15 - Bryan Morris
Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Top Prospects: #15 - Bryan Morris
We continue the countdown with the number 15 prospect, Bryan Morris.
Bryan Morris
Bryan Morris
15. Bryan Morris, RHP
Morris was the final piece of the Jason Bay trade in 2008, with the Pirates refusing to pull the trigger unless he was added to the deal.
Morris was the last player added to the trade, and is the last player remaining in the system.
His value was low when he came to the Pirates, with a history of injury problems. They overhauled his entire delivery in 2009 and 2010, and ever since then he's been healthy. Morris moved to the bullpen in 2011, and has remained in the role ever since. As a reliever he looks like a late inning guy who could have a shot at closing in the majors.
Morris throws his fastball in the 94-96 MPH range, and the pitch has a lot of movement. He also throws a hard breaking curveball, which was his out pitch until the 2012 season. In 2011 he added a slider, and in 2012 he turned that slider into a cutter. The cutter was a devastating pitch, throwing in the upper 80s. It acts like a sharp slider, and Morris used that to dominate Triple-A hitters, and to cut down on some control issues.
For some reason the Pirates didn't call Morris up to the majors until September, despite strong numbers in Triple-A. He's out of options, so he will need to be in the majors throughout the 2013 season. Morris is a power reliever, and his fastball/cutter combo makes him the internal favorite to close once Joel Hanrahan is gone.
Eventually Morris should have a shot at the role.
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