Red Sox draft Murphy's Morrison in 38th round
Morrison, The Herald's 2013 Baseball Player of the Year, hit .550 as the Wildcats' leadoff man, with 46 runs scored, five home runs and a .664 on-base percentage.
Morrison, who was ranked No. 137 on Baseball America's list of this year's top 250 draft prospects, had made it known he planned to honor his scholarship to Oregon State University regardless of what happened in the draft.
"I'm a little shocked that they still would consider me in the draft and use a pick on me, because I let them know I'm going to college," Morrison said. "I wasn't really expecting it to be honest. But I was definitely pleased that they still want me. It was a good surprise."
Even though he was no longer expecting to be drafted, Morrison said he was still pretty curious and had been paying attention to the draft this weekend. Morrison had talked to Red Sox scouts this past season at Archbishop Murphy. They were one of the first teams to tell him they had a specific interest in drafting him in the early rounds.
"They gave me a call and just kind of asked me if I was interested in getting drafted or if I was still going to college," Morrison said. "I said I was going to college and they said thanks and hung up."
Later Saturday afternoon, the Red Sox used a pick on Morrison, perhaps still hopeful they can convince the shortstop to sign a professional contract.
After graduating from Archbishop Murphy on Friday, Morrison is eager to get to Oregon State and continue his baseball career.
"I'm definitely happy with my decision," Morrison said. "After graduation and everything that's going on, I'm ready to move on to the next chapter."
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