Pitman High alumnus and 2023 New York Mets draft pick Kade Morris was promoted to Single-A St. Lucie on Wednesday morning. On Thursday, the 21-year-old made his debut against the Daytona Tortugas, affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds.
In his start, Morris tossed 2 1/3 innings, giving up one earned run on two walks while striking out three in the Mets’ 14-7 victory.
According to Sean Kenny of MetsmerizedOnline.com, Morris reached up to 95 miles-per-hour on his fastball and had a curveball with 67 inches of vertical break.
Morris was selected out of the University of Nevada by New York with the 101st overall pick in the third round of the draft.
Prior to his promotion to Single-A, the Turlocker was with the organization’s Florida Complex League team. There, he made one start on Aug. 17 against the Miami Marlins FCL squad, allowing one hit and a run to score on a wild pitch in one inning of work. It was his only appearance in the Complex League as the team was eliminated in the league’s playoffs just days later.
There are only two games left in St. Lucie season, as they are eliminated from Florida State League playoff contention. It is unclear whether the organization will have Morris pitch in live game action again this season at any other of their minor league affiliates.