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home : sports & recreation : sports & recreation September 23, 2017


8/22/2017 5:11:00 PM
Sisters baseball star is a Tiger
Joey Morgan was an Outlaws standout  and now hes playing for the Detroit Tigers organization. photo provided
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Joey Morgan was an Outlaws standout and now hes playing for the Detroit Tigers organization. photo provided

By Rongi Yost
Correspondent

Joey Morgan, a 2014 Sisters High School graduate, is on his way to fulfilling his childhood dream of becoming a Major League baseball player.

Morgan has played baseball his entire life. After a very successful high school career, Morgan went on to play at catcher for the University of Washington (UW). After three years at the collegiate level you are eligible for the draft, and Joey was selected in the third round, 95th overall, by the Tigers in the 2017 baseball draft.

Morgan received a signing bonus of $564,000.

The Washington State Husky catcher is the second-highest-ranked Husky ever picked in the draft. He also had the best season ever by a Husky catcher, earning the 2017 Baseball America Second Team All American, 2017 All-Pac 12 and All-Pac 12 Defensive Team, as well as being named one of 15 semi-finalists for the Johnny Bench Award. Morgan is the first Husky catcher to earn All-Pac 12 honors twice in their career (he also earned it in 2016).

D1Baseball.com ranked Morgan the No. 1 catcher in the nation. Joey led the Huskies in batting average (.324), slugging percentage (.500), on-base percentage (.427), hits (59), runs batted in (45), walks (30), and tied for the team lead in doubles (15). Joey also blasted five home runs, and reached base safely in 47 of the 53 games played. In the Pac 12, Morgan is ranked seventh in RBI, and eighth in on-base percentage.

Behind the plate, he was just as impressive. Joey threw out 13 of 27 runners that tried to steal, and allowed just two passed balls. He committed just three errors in 356 chances for a .992 fielding percentage.

In late June, Morgan was sent by Detroit to play in Norwich, Connecticut, for the Connecticut Tigers (CT), which is the short-season A ball team of the Detroit Tigers - where all the recent draft picks go and play. Players have two days off per month, but other than that they play a game(s) every single day.

Joey hopes to do well for the CT, and move up in the Detroit Tigers system. Morgan told The Nugget his goal is to ultimately make it to the big leagues and stay there.









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