We continue the list today with number 85 in our countdown with Virginia junior RHP Robert Morey. He is from Virginia Beach, Virginia and attended Cape Henry High School. He was a Four-time TCIS First-Team All-Conference member while having a 0.72 ERA with 129 strikeouts (2.26 K/9 IP) as senior.
His first season with the Cavaliers in 2008 saw him appear in 16 games (all in relief) accumulating a 2-0 record including two saves with a 6.51 ERA. He struggled with his control as he walked 17 batters and had five wild pitches in only 27.2 innings of work. He played the summer of 2008 with the Newport Gulls of the NECBL where he went 0-1 with a 3.38 ERA in 21.1 innings.
Morey had a breakout season in 2009 as he got into 18 games (9 starts) as he had a 3-0 record with a 3.33 ERA. He transitioned to the starting rotation near the end of the season where he had a few outstanding starts for example against Boston College on April 19th. (Full Article). He finished the season with 67.2 innings pitched with 84 strikeouts while holding opponents to a .210 batting average against. In the summer of 2009, Morey pitched for the Bourne Braves where he pitched in 6 games (5 starts) with a record of 3-1 and an ERA of 4.44.
I had an opportunity to see his great start against Boston College and one of his appearances in the College World Series. Morey sits at about 94-95 with his fastball and really was able to spot it against BC. If he can show more of his great stuff like he had on April 19th, then Morey will move up higher in many draft circles. He also needs to work on his control somewhat and just be more confident on the mound.
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