We continue the list today with number 50 in our countdown with junior LHP Bryan Morgado of Tennessee. He is from Miami Florida where he graduated from Florida Christian High School. His senior season saw him lead the team to a 29-2 overall record and win a state title. He went a competent 9-1 with a 0.76 ERA as a junior in 2005 with 117 strikeouts in 67.1 innings pitched. The Boston Red Sox selected him in the 2006 MLB Draft in the 34th round but he decided to head to Tennessee.
Morgado sat out the 2007 season as he underwent arm surgery in the fall of 2006. His first action was during the 2008 season when he appeared in 14 games (13 starts) as he accumulated a 5-5 record with an ERA of 4.59 as he was the Saturday starter for the Vols. He was one of the top strikeout pitchers in the country as he struck out 104 batters in only 80.1 innings of work. He also held opponents to a .239 batting average against. He was a second-team selection on the Pro-Line Athletic/National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Freshman All-America Team.
In the 2009 season, Bryan worked primarily out of the bullpen as he made 20 appearances and only five starts. He had a 4-2 record with a 6.36 ERA in 52.1 innings but continued to his high strikeout totals with 75 on the season. After the season, the Chicago White Sox selected him with the 101st overall pick in the 2009 MLB Draft. He spent the summer of 2009 in the Cape Cod Baseball League with the Bourne Braves as the White Sox negotiated with him. He went 2-1 with a 3.06 ERA in eight appearances including six starts. He also continued to strike out a ton of batters as he had 47 in only 32.1 innings of work. At the end of the summer, the White Sox and Morgado could not come to terms on a deal bringing him back for his redshirt junior season. His full 2009 MLB Draft profile from MLB Baseball is available by clicking here.
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