Joey Morgan

Position: C
Level: SS A
Affiliate: Connecticut Tigers
League: NY-Penn League
Born: 08/26/1996 (Age: 23)
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 185
B/T: Right / Right
Acquired: 3rd Rd., 2017 MLB First-Year Player Draft (DET)

Prospect Spotlight

Morgan was taken in the third round of this year’s MLB Draft out of the University of Washington who has the look of a future Role 40 backup in the big leagues, with his hit tool limiting the profile based on my looks last week.

Morgan looks heavier than his listed weight, giving him a sturdy, compact frame that fits the position well. In BP sessions and in-game, he had an inconsistent swing path: at times showing some length to it, as well as some bat drag, and in other swings taking a shorter path to the ball with average bat speed and showing the ability to shoot the gaps. It’s more of a line-drive swing, but he can flash average pull-side raw power, but I don’t see that translating into game power at much more than a below-average level.

Behind the dish, he looks the part of an average, catch-and-throw defender with good receiving actions, footwork, and agility behind the plate. He can frame pitches well, and was comfortable handling high-velocity offerings (including Wladimir Pinto’s 96-mph fastballs), and he shifted well, with average range and blocking ability in this viewing.

The below-average hit tool will hold back the profile from an everyday major league role, but there is enough on the defensive side of the ball to hold down a Role 40, backup role in the big leagues, with the ability to carry the position for an extended period of time if he’s called upon.