The Coastal Plain League and Lexington County Blowfish saw another alum, Cody Morris (photo courtesy of Joshua Gunter, cleveland.com), reach the Major Leagues.
Morris got the start on Friday night (September 2) for Cleveland against the Seattle Mariners. But before he officially joined the Guardians, Morris’ Triple-A manager Andy Tracy had some fun with him. Calling him into his office in what seemed would be celebratory news, Tracy instead shared that Morris, who began a rehab assignment in early August after a teres major muscle strain, would be spending the rest of his season down in Single-A to work on lengthening out his appearances as a starter.
“I was like, ‘What?’ I couldn’t believe it,” Morris told MLB.com beat writer Mandy Bell, before revealing the big moment when Tracy gave him the real news. “He was like, ‘Make sure to stop by Progressive on your way in, that’s where you’re going.'”
Starting on the bump for Cleveland, Morris went two innings, surrendering three runs – two earned – on four hits, including a solo home run to the Mariners’ Cal Raleigh. He walked two and struck out three.
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Morris spent a short stint with Lexington County back in the summer of 2017. In two appearances, including one start, the right-hander from South Carolina pitched a total of four innings for the Blowfish. In that time, he gave up five runs – four earned – on six hits, walked none and struck out six. The next year he was drafted by Cleveland in the seventh round of the 2018 MLB Draft. Before earning his call-up, he sported a 1.69 ERA and 0-0 record across 21 1/3 innings in which he struck out 39 against nine hits and six walks between ACL and Triple-A stints.
With Morris’ debut, the Coastal Plain League now has 163 former players that have gone on to make their Major League debut, including 12 during the 2022 MLB season alone. This debut also pushes the Blowfish to 10 Big League alumni.
About Coastal Plain League:
The Coastal Plain League, brought to you by FloSports, is the nation’s premier summer collegiate baseball league. The CPL is currently comprised of 13 franchises playing in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. To date, the CPL has had nearly 1,750 alumni drafted and 160 alums make their Major League debut. Most notable alumni include Justin Verlander, Ryan Zimmerman, Kevin Youkilis, Chris Taylor, Mark Reynolds, Alec Bohm and NFL Super Bowl winner Russell Wilson. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at www.coastalplain.com, and be sure to follow on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and TikTok @CPLBaseball.