The Florida Marlins called up Logan Morrison earlier this week after OF Chris Coghlan landed on the DL. Before the season Morrison was ranked as the #20 best prospect by Baseball America on their annual top 100. Morrison's natural position is 1B but he will start in the OF with Coghlan on the shelf. However, a lot of rumors indicate that Jorge Cantu will be traded by the deadline and then Morrison will slide over to 1B later in the week. Word was Morrison was going to get called up anyway once Cantu got traded....assuming Cantu gets traded.
Logan Morrison Stats at AAA this year:
238 AB, 6HR, 45RBI, 36R, 1 SB, .307 Avg, .427 OBP, .487 Slugging, 17 2B & 4 3B with 35K's
Morrison who is 22 is projected as the Marlins future # 3 hitter. Morrison projects as a high average RBI machine would fit in nicely as a 3 hitter. The big question with Morrison from a fantasy stand point is how many HR will he hit? Other than A ball, Morrison hasn't broken 20 HR in any other minor league seasons but many baseball people believe a lot of his doubles will turn into HR (remember the most HR Don Mattingly hit in a minor league season was 12). In the end, Morrison should be a high on base percentage guy who will hit in the low 20's in HR while approaching 100 Runs & RBI's while hitting close to .300 as a player if he hits. There is a lot of things to like about Morrison and has a very bright future but like I say about all top prospects when they come up expect Morrison to be a good helper for the last 60 games and anything more than that will be gravy.
NL King - C.Lizza