Laurel resident Cody Morris makes progress on minor league mounds
By David Driver
Baltimore Sun Media|
Aug 13, 2019 | 10:30 AM
Laurel resident Cody Morris grew up going to minor league baseball games in Frederick and Bowie when he got a close-up look at minor league prospects in the Baltimore Orioles farm system.
But it was a very different situation last month when the Reservoir High School graduate was at Harry Grove Stadium in Frederick.
Morris is now a starting pitcher for the Lynchburg (Va.) Hillcats, the high Single-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. The Frederick Keys and Hillcats are both in the Carolina League and they met in a series in early July.
“All of my friends from high school came,” said Morris, who also had several family members in attendance. “It was a crowd; it was hard to get tickets” for everyone.
Morris, 22, did not pitch in the series against the Keys since had just started a game before Lynchburg came to Frederick.
He was able to pitch in front of family members recently when he started for Lynchburg in a game in Woodbridge, Va., against the Potomac Nationals, the Carolina League affiliate of the Washington Nationals.
Morris went 4.2 innings and gave up four runs with seven strikeouts and one walk. He did not figure in the decision as Lynchburg won 14-4 over Potomac.
That left Morris with a record of 2-0 with an ERA of 3.90 in seven starts this season for Lynchburg. His fastball has been clocked in the upper 90s
“He has performed well throughout,” Lynchburg pitching coach Joe Torres said. “The performance is a bonus. Health is No. 1. He has a fastball, curve and change up and all three have the potential to be plus pitches in the majors.”
Morris is very high on Torres and soaks in his knowledge.
He was on the seven-day injured list from July 8-21 with a lower back strain then returned to the rotation for Lynchburg.
Morris embraces analytics to aid him as a pitcher. “It is huge in our organization,” Morris said.
The Reservoir High graduate said former Cleveland pitcher Trevor Bauer, who was traded to Cincinnati last month, was big on analytics. “That trickled on down,” Morris said.
The Laurel resident never got to talk with Bauer but did get to meet Major League pitcher Nicky Goody, a key reliever for Cleveland. That happened last summer when Morris was doing some rehab work at the Indians complex in Arizona.