#4 Ben Morrison – RHP 10th round pick (2018) out of Western Kentucky University.
Ben Morrison is a career reliever collecting 13 saves in college. Last season in Orem he pitched 25.2 innings and struck out 26 batters with a 5.26 ERA. However, this season Morrison has blossomed.
Morrison was almost unhittable in Burlington pitching 26 innings and allowing only 13 hits and two earned runs. He struck out 34 batters with only eight walks, had an ERA of 0.69 and a WHIP of 0.80.
Three weeks ago Morrison was promoted to the Inland Empire 66ers. While he has only made three appearances thus far he has shown the ability to get batters out. He has pitched 6.2 innings with five strikeouts and three walks.
Although it is too small of sample size to tell if Morrison will ultimately be successful in High Single-A his mannerism on the mound shows a certain toughness. In his very first outing against Rancho Cucamonga he came in with the starter having lasted only 1.1 innings giving up four runs.
Morrison shut down the Quakes rally and then proceeded to pitch two more clean innings allowing the 66ers to come back and tie the game at 4. Morrison did with his 92-95 MPH fastball and a nasty change-up and slider. When you talk to Morrison he is very soft-spoken and polite, but when he is on the mound his is a “bulldog” according to Sixers manager Ryan Barba.
In this case Morrison’s bite is worse than his bark. He could definitely be a reliever you may see in Anaheim in the next couple of seasons.