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Phillies pitching prospects Adam Morgan and Shane Watson to miss most of 2014

Jan 11, 2014, 7:35 PM EST

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After several years of dealing with a barren farm system, the Phillies have slowly been able to restock the lower ranks with some talent with plenty of upside. Pitchers Adam Morgan and Shane Watson are among those giving Phillies fans something to look forward to as the duo ranked sixth- and eighth-best in the organization, respectively, according to MLB.com.

But the Phillies got a double-dose of bad news yesterday, as MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki reported:

[Morgan] suffered a left shoulder injury [in May], which ultimately required surgery this month. Phillies assistant general manager Benny Looper said Morgan might not be back until August, at the earliest. Fellow prospect Shane Watson is scheduled to have right shoulder surgery shortly. He also is expected to be out until August.

Morgan was selected by the Phillies in the third round of the 2011 draft. He has been solid in three seasons in the organization, but suffered a shoulder injury in mid-May last season, sidelining him for two months. Doctors prescribed rest rather than undergoing surgery immediately. The Phillies put him on a pitch count. While the results were decent following his return (2.67 ERA in eight Triple-A starts), his strikeout and walk rates were worse (20-14 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 30 1/3 innings) and he was giving up hits at a much higher rate as well (.347 BABIP). Morgan will turn 24 years old at the end of February.

Watson, a 20-year-old taken in the first round of the 2012 draft, made just 16 starts in what would have been his first full season in professional baseball. With Single-A Lakewood, Watson posted a 4.75 ERA in 72 innings. Following a start on July 4, Watson was given time off due to shoulder fatigue, but was eventually shut down for the season in August. Like Morgan, doctors prescribed rest rather than a surgical procedure. In both cases, the rest seemed to only delay the inevitable.

  1. schmedley69 - Jan 11, 2014 at 8:09 PM

    Didn’t realize that the Phillies hired Dr. Nick Riviera to be their team Physician.

    • ematusko - Jan 12, 2014 at 3:16 PM

      Lol! From Hollywood Upstairs Medical College.

  2. courtjester1234 - Jan 11, 2014 at 10:56 PM

    Wow this is going to be a huge blow to the pen. I’m sure Ruin Tomorrow was going to get these guys on the 25 man roster as major piece this year. I hope your new daddies at comcast NBC relive you of your job discription. Because you do it so poorly

    • toodrunktotastethischicken - Jan 12, 2014 at 10:08 AM

      Morgan is/was seen as a starting pitcher and Watson has yet to pitch above Single A so they weren’t really a “a huge blow to the pen”

  3. officialgame - Jan 12, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    Adams hurt last May and now having surgery? OK. That makes sense if you are an imbecile.

  4. phillyphannnn83 - Jan 12, 2014 at 10:25 AM

    And neither one was going to be a “major piece” this year either. gotta love the internet where people can just make up whatever they want.

  5. twpguy1964 - Jan 14, 2014 at 8:56 AM

    Typical Phillies draft results. Draft the SAME type players year after year, the “High Ceiling” position players that never pan out….Drafting high schoolers, that never pan out… And drafting over used pitchers with arm troubles.

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