30 Players in 30 Days: Mike Morse

Mike Morse


mike morse1.JPGIf you were to look up “Jack of All Trades” in the fictitious picture dictionary, there is a good chance Mike Morse would be there. Originally a shortstop, Morse has played right field, left field, first base and third base during his career. While his 6-foot-5 frame may seem a little big for a middle infielder, he feels that he still has what it takes to play there. He also has a good head on his shoulders and will play any position to get on the field.

“People don’t look at me as a second baseman, same as shortstop,” Morse said. “But if I play, I’m going to play as hard as I can… If they tell me to catch, I’ll put the gear on.”

Originally drafted by the White Sox in 2000, Morse was traded to the Mariners in 2004 and made his Major League debut with them in 2005. During the next few years, he was plagued with injuries and only appeared in 35 games from 2006-2008. On April 1, he was outrighted to Triple-A Tacoma. On June 28, he was traded to the Nats for outfielder Ryan Langerhans. In his first season with the Nats, Morse began at Triple-A Syracuse but he made his way to the Majors on August 17. He appeared in 32 games, starting seven.


mike morse2.JPGMorse has proven he can hit. In the Minors he hit .322/.383/.511 with 16 home runs and 86 RBI. While his numbers in the Majors aren’t as productive, they are misleading because he is a spot starter and has never been able to get daily at-bats. Morse’s best positions are first base and third base, places where the Nats do not need help. He was used primarily as a pinch-hitter and defensive replacement, cutting down on his ability to put up good numbers.

“I think Mike has become a professional hitter with the White Sox, Mariners and over here with us, but where ever he is, there is someone in the way,” Interim Manager Jim Riggleman said.

While Morse would love to have a shot at playing second again, his biggest asset is his versatility and flexibility. He is willing to do whatever the team needs of him in order to keep playing. Once the Nationals find a spot for him, there is no doubt he will find success there.

Mike Morse Final Major League Stats

G

AB

R

H

TB

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

IBB

SO

SB

CS

AVG

OBP

SLG

OPS

32

52

4

13

25

3

0

3

10

3

0

16

0

0

.250

.291

.481

.772

 

Mike Morse Final Minor League Stats

G

AB

R

H

TB

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

IBB

SO

SB

CS

AVG

OBP

SLG

OPS

110

425

59

137

217

26

3

16

86

35

3

77

2

1

.322

.383

.511

.894

 

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