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7/2/1980 (36 y, 7 m, 26 d)
2002 June Amateur Draft - Round: 33, Pick: 407, Overall: 973, Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
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Morgan signed a deal with the Hanwha Eagles of the Korea Baseball Organization, MyKBO.net reports. (12/11/2014)
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Year in Review:
Morgan has fought the stigma of being "just like Juan Pierre" since he arrived in the big leagues. In 2009, he may have finally crushed that idea. The 29-year-old outfielder hit .307/.369/.388 over 509 total plate appearances last season, and an astonishing .351/.396/.435 after joining the Nationals in late June. He's never going to be a big power guy – his ISO was just .081 last season – but Morgan hits to all fields and uses his speed to reach base as well as any player in the Majors. His strikeout rate dropped from 20.0% in 2008 to 15.8% in 2009, and he should continue to improve, at least for the next few years.
The Year Ahead:
Now with a full-time gig in Washington, Morgan can safely be drafted in almost every fantasy league. He's a sure bet for 40-plus stolen bases if he manages to stay healthy for the entire season, and also has the potential to hit .300, or above. That said, he's no longer going to slide through as a sleeper and brings nothing to the table in the way of power. He's also sitting atop a very weak Nationals lineup, which will negatively affect his ability to score runs. Draft him, but keep in mind his surroundings. Morgan is a complement to a fantasy squad, not a guy who will carry multiple offensive categories. (Drew Silva)
At some point during the middle of 2009, it became clear that Morgan could be a valuable player -- both from a real-life perspective (as his 4.9 WAR for that season attests) and also from a fantasy one, too (buoyed, in particular, by .300-ish averages and a stolen base about every three or four games). At some point in the middle of the 2010 season, it became clear that Morgan -- in addition to his baseball skills -- is also a genuine crazy person. He received one suspension at the end of August for throwing a ball at a fan in the stands, and then another, not long after, for charging Marlin pitcher Chris Volstad after the latter appeared to throw at Morgan. The incident with Volstad was actually spurred by a third incident in which Morgan unnecessarily collided with Marlin catcher Brett Hayes. Provided his 2011 is without incident, fantasy owners can probably expect, if not a BABIP-fueled .300 average, then at least something in the .280s along with 30-plus stolen bases and leadoff-y runs and RBI totals. (Carson Cistulli)
The Quick Opinion:
Provided he's not a real-life crazy person, should offer .280-ish average and 30-something stolen bases with very, very, very modest power numbers.
Morgan was a key cog in the Brewers' division title run after being acquired for a mere pittance days before the season began. Although injuries limited him to begin the season, he became the left-handed cog of one of the most successful platoons of recent memory with Carlos Gomez. As good as Morgan was, hitting .304/.357/.421, don't expect the Brewers to begin to expose him to left-handed pitching now. He only received 47 plate appearances against southpaws and hit .209 with two walks. Look for him to remain productive against righties and hidden against lefties. In leagues with deep benches like ottoneu, he can be a bit of a sleeper. (Jack Moore)
The Quick Opinion:
Morgan (along with alter ego Tony Plush) was the talk of Milwaukee in 2011, but that doesn't mean he'll ever break free of a platoon role. Expect him to continue to rake against righties but for the Brewers to hide him from lefties.
Morgan can offer speed should he find playing time, but 2012 proved that expecting him to hit like an everyday outfielder on a consistent basis is, unfortunately, a pipe dream. (Jack Moore)
Morgan, and his alter-ego, Tony Plush, was released by the Indians in August. He has since signed with the Hanwha Eagles of the Korean Baseball Organization for 2015. After playing in Japan in 2013, and now Korea, perhaps in 2017 he will be playing on the moon. (Jeremy Blachman)
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Updated: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 3:32 AM ET
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