Raider pitching sensation, Elliot Morris, was selected by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the 4th round of the 2013 Major League Baseball draft. “I’m so happy to be picked. It’s the perfect team,” Morris said in a telephone interview, minutes after learning the Angels drafted him. “It’s awesome. I ran to my mom and we hugged. She was watching, too,” Morris said with a smile in his voice. “My mom started crying. I was just super-excited.” Elliot was taken as the 127th overall pick in the draft, the highest selection in Pierce College history. He was listed by Baseball America as the #224 best prospect in the nation.
The news was a relief, considering the draft started Thursday. “You’re just watching, watching and waiting,” he said. “It’s so great.” Morris is just the fifth Pierce player ever drafted, and the first since Raider Hall of Famer, Mario Lyons, was picked in 1989.
In his two seasons with the Raiders, Morris helped lead the team to two West Division Titles (2012 & 2013), and the 2013 NWAACC Championship. Elliot posted a 1.76 ERA this season, in 66.1 innings and rung up an NWAACC high 95 strikeouts. He was named as a West Division First Team All-Star, and was also selected to the 2013 NWAACC Al-Conference First Team. The Tacoma Athletic Commission recently recognized Morris as Pierce College’s Athlete of the Year for 2013.
SCOUTING REPORT (from MLB.com): “Morris missed his freshman season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2011. He pitched just 24 innings last year and eased back into pitching this season, but seemed to have regained his best stuff by the end of the spring. Morris throws in the low-90s and has touched 96 mph. He also throws a changeup and curveball, though both need more work. Morris benefitted from all the talent in Washington this year and rose to the occasion with all the extra scouts in the stands. He is committed to Lewis-Clark State, an NAIA school in Idaho. ”