Lefthanded reliever Adam Morgan had a couple of good years with the Phillies in 2018 and 2019. (2020, not so much.)
Now, he will have a chance to compete for a bullpen spot with the Cubs:
Former Phillies reliever Adam Morgan has signed a minor league deal with Cubs. Deal includes invite to big league camp.— Jim Salisbury (@JSalisburyNBCS) January 3, 2021
Morgan, who turns 31 in February, was the Phillies’ third-round pick in 2011. Overall in the big leagues, he has a 4.84 ERA and 1.350 WHIP in 199 appearances (36 starts). The numbers are slightly better as a reliever: 4.07 ERA, 1.297 WHIP in the 163 relief outings, with a 9.7 strikeouts/nine innings rate.
Per Fangraphs, Morgan relies mostly on his slider, and his fastball velocity has declined over the last couple of years. Since the Cubs don’t have many lefthanded relievers around, he’ll likely get a good opportunity to make the team.
If you have any memory of Morgan, you likely know him as the pitcher who served up this walkoff grand slam to Jason Heyward in 2018 [VIDEO].
Hopefully, if he makes the Cubs bullpen, he won’t be giving those up to opposing hitters.
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