Last Wednesday, scouts filled Turner Field to see trade candidate Ricky Nolasco pitch against the Braves. Nolasco ended up heading to the Dodgers, but surprisingly, the Yankees were in attendance. Although they’ve been linked to Nolasco in the past, scouts were actually there to watch the hitters, which begs the question, who? Obviously Giancarlo Stanton would fit right in, or maybe the Braves are looking to part with Brian McCann for whatever reason. Unfortunately, it’s extremely unlikely that either of these players are traded, and I’m left wondering if the player they went to scout didn’t end up playing at all.
Logan Morrison has missed some time due to injury over the last few years, but the 25 year old left-handed hitter seems to finally be reaching his top prospect expectations. In his 20 games in 2013, Morrison is hitting .314/.392/.600 in 79 plate appearances. He’s accumulated 4 home runs, 2 triples, and 4 doubles to go along with a 9 BB’s and 10 K’s. Of course, this success in small sample size is hard to overlook when you see his career numbers. After a rough season in 2012, it’s hard to believe that the young hitter owns a .255/.342/.452 line in 1,225 major league plate appearances. Inside a home ballpark that’s pitcher-friendly, his early career accomplishments are impressive.
But Morrison has been held back as a star hitter for a number of reasons. Back in 2011, Morrison and the Marlins entered a spat where the left fielder filed a grievance against his own team, who demoted him despite a .791 OPS on the season. The demotion was supposedly based on his social media use, but the bad blood between the organization and Morrison is hard to overlook.
“I’m not gonna do whatever body thinks I’m gonna do and freak out! Ugh, I need a bath.“
Morrison and the Marlins have their reasons to part, and with the team looking to rebuild, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the organization move him while he’s healthy and hitting.
As an outfielder and first baseman, Morrison can help the Yankees now and in the future. Though he was far from spectacular in left field in Miami, right field in Yankee Stadium is a much easier task. The short porch would not only improve his fielding abilities, but it would compliment his left-handed power, which has shown up even in the pitcher-parks of the NL East. The biggest problem the Yankees may have with acquiring Morrison is his Twitter use, which is often unprofessional. Even then, despite the social media issues, I don’t see a make up problem, as Morrison is very involved with charities.
With all his recent injuries and a slow 2012 season, the Yankees are probably looking to buy low, while the Marlins are looking to sell high on his recent hot streak. For three years of team control, he’d probably cost a top 5 organizational prospect, plus more. He’s a risky acquisition, but if he can stay healthy and out of trouble, he fits the club’s needs very well.