|No. 20 — Gareth Morgan, RF
|Acquired: CBB Round, 2014 Draft — No. Toronto Collegiate
Take much of what you just read on Wilson, add it here and add the words ‘raw’ and ‘time’ to the assessment.
Morgan, too, is a big, strong right-handed bat with plus bat speed and athleticism. The arm is plus, the range is average with a chance at plus as he develops better routes to the ball, and the sound of the ball of the barrel in batting practice tells you fairy tales until you drift off to dreamland.
Morgan looked overmatched just about every trip to the plate in 2014, returning to the Arizona League last summer and showing significantly better, despite still displaying problems with strike zone judgment and overall discipline.
Morgan is a project, the previous regime knew it when they drafted him, but went for the upside. The new regime knows he’s a project and their M.O. since coming to Seattle has been about the things Morgan needs a lot of work; controlling the strike zone, working the count, killing the fastball but developing the ability to make contact in pitcher’s counts.
Morgan likely remains in short-season ball again, perhaps getting a shot at the Northwest League if all goes well in Arizona in July. The extra time in “extended spring training” is crucial to the development of such raw talents, and Morgan fits the bill.