Blair County Ballpark - Tim Williams/BuccoFans.com
As I was driving to work on Friday morning, I began to suspect that Bryan Morris' spot in the Altoona rotation was due up that night. When I arrived at my office, I fired up the computer and quickly checked whether I was correct. I was, and I discovered that he would be facing Twins’ pitching prospect Kyle Gibson. With a Friday night free of any obligations, I decided that pitching matchup was about as good as any I would find. So on my way home from work, I took a brief two-hour detour to Altoona.
Morris was my main focus for this game. For the most part, he displayed very good command of his fastball. Catcher Hector Gimenez was rarely forced to move his glove when expecting the heat. Morris sat 90-92* MPH with the fastball, occasionally touching 93*. He did struggle with inconsistent control of his secondary stuff. Early in the game, several breaking balls found their way to the backstop. However, when the off-speed stuff was in th...
Matt has covered the Pirates at Wait ‘Til Next Year, Pittsburgh Lumber Co. and now Pirates Prospects. He served as Pirates team expert for Heater Magazine in 2009 and 2010 and has contributed to Graphical Player 2009, 2010 and 2011. Matt was also the editor of the 2011 and 2012 Pirates Prospects Annuals.