Morris has had a lot of success since moving to the bullpen.
When Bryan Morris was moved full time to the bullpen a month ago, I profiled his situation, and asked Pirates' farm director Kyle Stark what Morris had to work on going forward. This is what was said:
“He’s definitely working on consistently repeating his delivery, which he was last year as well, but the strained oblique interrupted that process this year and has prevented Bryan from getting into a rhythm,” Stark said. “We’re hopeful that he is on his way now.”
Since that time, Morris has been on fire in the bullpen. He's pitched 15 innings without an earned run, allowing nine hits, and putting up a 17:3 K/BB ratio during that stretch. The performance raises questions as to whether Morris could make it to Pittsburgh by the end of the season, possibly as a September call-up. I'm not suggesting that the Pirates should rush Morris, but giving him a call in September, and jumping him over AAA, might not be the worst ...
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