Adam Morgan pitched well enough last spring to earn a rotation spot but ultimately lost out to Vince Velasquez and was shipped off to Triple-A Lehigh Valley to start the season. He was recalled in late April after Charlie Morton was lost for the season, but he struggled and was ultimately sent back to the minors in July. He was given yet another chance to start in August after Zach Eflin underwent season-ending surgery but again failed to impress. Morgan did pitch well in Triple-A last season, but he has been unable to translate that success to the majors. He works in the low-90s with his fastball and does not have a true put-away pitch in his arsenal. He added a two-seam fastball during the summer and started to use that pitch more than his four-seamer. Unfortunately, it did not produce improved results, but perhaps Morgan needs more time to refine the pitch. He will compete for a rotation spot this spring.
Manager Pete Mackanin said Morgan could be an option for the Phillies' bullpen this season, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports. Morgan is currently being stretched out as a starter in camp, but the Phillies don't have a need for him as a starter in the majors, and their Triple-A rotation is expected to be filled by younger prospects. Morgan struggled as a starter last season, going 2-11 with a 6.04 ERA and a 95:29 K:BB in 113.1 innings. If he ends up in the pen it would likely be in middle or long relief.
Morgan struck out eight Mets in five innings Thursday, but gave up three runs on five hits and didn't factor into the decision. The Phillies went on to lose in 11 with both Morgan and Mets starter Seth Lugo long gone. It's been a rough year for the 26-year-old Morgan, as he's posted stats that play in practically no fantasy format. He just put together a rare hot streak with three straight quality starts in late August and early September, only to last a sobering 9.1 total innings over his two most recent outings.
Morgan allowed two unearned run on seven hits over 4.1 innings in a 4-3 win over the Marlins on Friday. He struck out four and walked two. This was Morgan's shortest outing since Aug. 14 against the Rockies when he pitched three innings. He was only at 86 pitches when he was pulled Friday. He is scheduled to face the Mets in New York in his next start.
Morgan suffered his 10th loss of the season Sunday despite allowing only two runs on three hits over six innings. He struck out two and walked two. Morgan now has three straight quality starts and four in his last five games. He has given up just five runs over his last 18.2 innings. He will face the Marlins at home in his next start.
Morgan (2-9) allowed one run on five hits and zero walks over six innings in a winning effort Tuesday against the Marlins. He struck out five. Morgan had lost nine consecutive decisions entering Tuesday, so this outing may have been enough to get the monkey off his back. Despite his record and 5.90 ERA on the season, he has now strung together three quality starts in his last four games and could be an underrated fantasy play down the stretch. He'll face off against the Nationals and Gio Gonzalez on September 11 in his next start.