Akeel Morris

The Mets have acquired Kelly Johnson from the Braves for Triple-A pitcher Akeel Morris.

Johnson, 34, is hitting .215 with a .273 OBP and .289 SLG in 132 plate appearances for the Braves this season, while playing first base, second base and left field.

Johnson will join the Mets on Friday in Milwaukee, Assistant GM John Ricco said.

Tags: Akeel Morris, Kelly Johnson
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New York Mets relief pitcher Logan Verrett throws during spring training work out drills at Tradition Field. (Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets relief pitcher Logan Verrett throws during spring training work out drills at Tradition Field. (Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports Images)

The Mets announced their pitching probables for their first two spring training games and Tuesday's intrasquad game.

Rafael Montero, Gabriel Ynoa and Jeff Walters will pitch in New York's Grapefruit League opener against the Nationals on Thursday. On Friday, Logan Verrett, Buddy Carlyle and Zack Thornton will pitch against the Marlins.

Sean Gilmartin and Robert Gsellman will start in Tuesday's intrasquad game.

Verrett, Thornton, Akeel Morris, Josh Smoker, Paul Sewald, Chase Bradford, Duane Below and Seth Lugo will also pitch on Tuesday.

Tags: Akeel Morris, Buddy Carlyle, Gabriel Ynoa, Logan Verrett, Rafael Montero, Sean Gilmartin

Q: Scott writes:

Toby, did Akeel Morris really strike out ALL NINE batters he faced in 3 innings of work the other night? ?Can you make even a brief post on what you saw and how he managed to do that? ?Thanks.

Tags: Akeel Morris, Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Mailbag, Toby Hyde
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This year, I'm writing up most of my Top 41 Mets prospects in roughly similar groups. These three arms at the back of the list form a very cohesive trio of strong-armed relievers. There's plenty of fastball here, but control issues and size make these guys relievers.

#37 - RHP Akeel Morris

Bats/Throws:? Right/Right

Tags: Akeel Morris, Bret Mitchell, Ricardo Jacquez, Top Prospects Series, Toby Hyde
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SSA: Lowell Spinners (BOS) 5, @ Brooklyn Cyclones 2?

The most imteresting thing here is that Akeel Morris continues to 1. throw well (4 K in 4 IP) and 2. has back-to-back four inning outings on five-days rest. That certainly looks like the team could be breaking him back into the starting rotation. Still just 20, Morris is raw, but has fanned 22 batters in 14.2 innings this year.


Tags: Akeel Morris, Daily Recap, Toby Hyde
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Friend of the site, Mike Newman, formerly of Scouting the Sally, now of Fangraphs took a look at the Kingsport Mets.

On Gavin Cecchini "I?d be remiss to not mention his hit tool was better than I was expecting... Cecchini is unlikely to become an impact bat due to lack of power, but true shortstop prospects are difficult to come by so he does not have to be."

2B Brendan Kaupe (pictured)?"A switch hitter, the 18-year old has excellent bat speed from both sides of the plate and appeared to have an advanced understanding of how to work counts to his favor. He also showed 55 speed from the left side by running a 4.15 home-to-first time and could likely match that from the right side as well.... He?s a nice player though and a steal compared to the average fourth rounder I see in person."

Tags: Akeel Morris, Brendan Kaupe, Gavin Cecchini, Toby Hyde
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Bats/Throws: Right/Right

Height/Weight: 6?1?, 170 lbs

Acquired: 10th Rd 2010 (Charlotte Amalie HS, St. Thomas USVI)

Tags: Akeel Morris, Top Prospects Series, Toby Hyde
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SS-A: Jamestown Jammers @ Brooklyn Cyclones- PPD

The two teams will not make up the game as the contest was supposed to be the final meeting of the season.


Tags: Akeel Morris, Brandon Nimmo, Joe Tuschak, Matthew Budgell
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SS-A: Saturday: @ Vermont Lake Monsters 12, Brooklyn Cyclones 1Sunday Game 1: @ Brooklyn Cyclones4, Vermont Lake Monsters 1Sunday Game 2: @ Vermont Lake Monsters 5, Brooklyn Cyclones 4

The Cyclones had a rough weekend series losing two out of three to the Lake Monsters.

Cory Mazzoni, the Mets 2nd round pick, did make his first professional start on Sunday. Mazzoni (pictured), who is working just one inning stints due to an innings limit this season, struck out the side and also hit a batter in his lone inning of work.

Tags: Akeel Morris, Cory Mazzoni, Travis Taijeron
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SS-R: Kingsport Mets 5, @ Bristol White Sox 1

Akeel Morris has shown flashes of brilliance this season. On Sunday, Morris had his best outing this season allowing just one hit over six shutout frames. ?Morris walked three and struck out four.

The 18-year old Morris leads the?Appalachian?League with 40 strikeouts and a K-rate of 12.13 K/9. He is third in the APPYL with a strikeout % of 30.3 and second in opponents batting average of .179.

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SS-A: Lowell Spinners 11, @ Brooklyn Cyclones 4

A rare workday matinee for the Cyclones was highlighted be the presence of Jose Reyes. ?Reyes, who is scheduled to start for the Mets on Tuesday, went 1-3 with a sixth inning double. Recorded attendance was 8.162. Thank you Mr. Reyes.

Richard Lucas (1-3, HR (3), RBI) homered for the second straight game.

Tags: Akeel Morris, Brooklyn Cyclones, Gulf Coast League, Kingsport Mets
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Lets get to part four of my mid-season review of my pre-season Top 41 Prospects. ?It strikes me that this section has a funny mix of the wildly unproven (Matz and Morris) and then low-ceiling guys close to the big leagues, none of whom worked out yet.

Part 3 on players ranked 26-30 is here. ?Part 2 on players originally ranked 31-36 is?here.?Part 1 on players originally ranked 36-41 is?here. ??Each player?s name links back to his original scouting report from before the 2011 season.


Tags: Akeel Morris, Josh Stinson, Steve Matz, Top Prospects Series, Toby Hyde
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The last of the Mets affiliates to take the field will be the Kingsport Mets of the?Appalachian?League, as they open their season tonight against Johnson City. There is a lot of buzz surrounding this team, primarily due to a trio of young talented starters they will feature.

According to Tricitiessports.com, the K-Mets will feature three of the youngest and most intriguing Mets pitching prospects in their starting rotation. Juan Urbina,?who will get the call on opening day tonight, Domingo Tapia, and Akeel Morris will strut their stuff this summer in Kingsport.

Kingsport manager Frank Fultz had this to say about his highly regarded trio:

Tags: Akeel Morris, Domingo Tapia, Juan Urbina, Kingsport Mets
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I recently had the privilege to have Kevin Goldstein, of Baseball Prospectus, answer some of my questions regarding Mets minor leaguers.

MD: Darrell Ceciliani had monster a season for Brooklyn. Does he have enough defensive ability to be an impact type big league CF?? What would you say his ceiling is?

KG: I'm going to start with a quick comment that applies to nearly all of your questions. You're asking about short-season guys, and it's such a nascent time in these players careers that we're projecting a LOT. These players can go in a ton of directions from here, many of them good, many of them bad, and we can just go on what we know. Onto Ceciliani, I wouldn't call him an impact defender, but he can play the position well, and that gives him a huge leg up, as you can't say that about most minor league center fielders. What he did offensively this year was a very pleasant surprise, and did wonders for his stock. He does need to work on his approach, as he's a bit of a pitch chaser, and he needs to work on his base running, but he can hit and I like him quite a bit.
MD: Cory Vaughn displayed an above average power/speed combination in the NYPL.? Do you feel he can continue this at higher levels of competition?

Tags: Akeel Morris, Baseball Prospectus, Cory Vaughn, Darrell Ceciliani, Juan Urbina, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Lucas Duda, Reese Havens, Sean Ratliff
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The GCL Mets finished the regular season at 31-25, qualifying for the playoffs as a wild card.? They would lose their only playoff game, 8-4 to the GCL Phillies.?

Top Prospects

LHP, Juan Urbina- 5-3, 5.01 ERA, 48 1/3 IP, 54 hits, 14 bb, 38 K, ?2.61 BB/9, 7.08 K/9

Tags: Akeel Morris, Gulf Coast League, Juan Urbina, Julio Concepcion, Zach Dotson
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SS-A: @ Brooklyn Cyclones 4, Aberdeen Ironbirds 3- 10 innings

Darrell Ceciliani (2-5, 2B, HR, RBI) took the Cyclones home in style as he homered in the bottom of the 10th, to cap off a wild comeback to defeat the Aberdeen Ironbirds 4-3.? Brooklyn (42-21) trailed 3-1 in the eighth inning, when an Aberdeen throwing error on an Jeff Flagg (2-3, RBI, 2 SB) steal attempt sailed wayward, allowing Cory Vaughn?(1-2, 2B, 2BB, SB) to score.? Then leading off the bottom of the ninth, William Cherry ?(1-4, HR, RBI) delivered a clutch game tying homerun, to tied the score at 3.? This set up Ceciliani's walk-off blast to lead off the tenth.? Ceciliani (pictured) now bring his season totals to: .350/.405/.524.? Ceciliani leads the NYPL in batting average, runs, hits, triples, and total bases,?and is in the top 10 in 4 other categories.?

A.J. Pinera with another solid start (6 IP, 5 hits, 3 runs, 1 er, 1 bb, 6 K).? Pinera is now 2-1, 1.99 ERA in 9 starts for the Cyclones.? Johan Figuereo ?(2 IP, 3K) pitched two?perfect innings to pick up the victory.

Tags: Aderlin Rodriguez, Akeel Morris, Brooklyn Cyclones, Cory Vaughn, Darrell Ceciliani, Gulf Coast League, Kingsport Mets, Michael Hebert
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