That followed a 2013 season where he gave up just five earned runs in 45 innings with Brooklyn. Thanks to such a fantastic streak of performances, the Mets awarded Morris with an invitation to big league Spring Training in 2015, an opportunity that he has relished.
Morris was recently cut from major league camp and will likely start 2015 with Double-A Binghamton.
Brender: You spent all of the 2014 season in Savannah and posted great numbers. Talk about the experience.
Morris: Great experience. It was a good league. I learned a lot there and experienced the South. Coming out of the bullpen, I was learning every day, trying to be as consistent as possible.
Brender: What was the key to your success?
Morris: I was working off a really good fastball and changeup. Mid-season, I guess they were kind of expecting the changeup, sitting on it, so I really had to bring my slider out and the slider was pretty good, too. So, I hope to continue that this year and develop my slider.
Brender: You’re from the Virgin Islands. Did you pick up baseball at an early age?
Morris: Yeah, from a really early age my parents got me into it. When I was six year old, I was playing throughout the Virgin Islands and traveled a lot to the States as well and played.
Brender: Is baseball popular in the Virgin Islands?
Morris: It’s not popular up to about age 13 but then people started drifting to it. You have to really be into it to get your work in and you have to work out on your own a lot.
Brender: You mentioned traveling a lot as a kid to play. Did that mean going from island to island?
Morris: Yeah, island to island, to the States, whatever tournament the coaches can get us in. They do a really good job of doing that, so we can experience what it’s about. How the mainland guys do it. You guys work out year round and, with the weather we have, we should be doing the exact same thing. It’s developing as we speak.
Brender: When did you feel like you got to the point where you were getting recognition from major league teams?
Morris: In my senior year in high school. I starting pitching when I was 16 or 17. My senior year, I went to Perfect Game Tournaments. I got college interest. After that, I got pro interest and that’s when it opened my eyes.
Brender: Was it disappointing to stay in Savannah for the full season last year, considering how well you pitched?
Morris: When all those guys got the promotion I was really happy for them but I kind of wondered myself. I talked to my pitching coach and he said pretty much don’t worry about it, keep doing what you’re doing and you’ll be where you want to be. So, I just kept my head on and keep trying to develop.
Brender: This is your first year at major league Spring Training. What has the experience been like so far?
Morris: Its been great so far. They really take care of you. The guys are great and I’m really excited to learn from the older guys.
Brender: What are your goals for 2015?
Morris: Wherever I pitch, to really compete and be as good as I can be. Really just develop my slider and compete.
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