FORT MYERS, Fla. -- After spending most of his minor league career in the starting rotation, right-hander Bryan Morris has found a home in the 'pen.
Morris, 25, started the 2011 season in the Altoona Curve's starting rotation. But after making six starts and posting a 6.04 ERA, Morris was moved into the bullpen in mid-June where he thrived. Over 29 appearances (52.2 innings), Morris posted a 2.05 ERA in relief with three saves (in four chances) with 17 walks and 47 strikeouts.
"The bullpen is more where I see my mentality, how it fits me best," Morris said. "That’s where I see myself in the future. From the talks that I’ve had with [General Manager] Neal [Huntington] and [ Manager] Clint [Hurdle], that’s kind of where they see me as well."
Morris went 2-0 with a 1.57 ERA over his final 14 games last year, and did not surrender a home run in his last 26 appearances. Morris gave up just two long balls during the 2011 season.
"I think my role right now is the bullpen," Morris ...