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Angels take right-hander Morris in fourth round

Angels take right-hander Morris in fourth round

Angels take right-hander Morris in fourth round

ANAHEIM -- The Angels went with another right-handed pitcher in round four of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, selecting Elliot Morris out of Pierce College in Washington.

Morris, the 127th overall pick, missed his freshman season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2011. He pitched just 24 innings last year and eased back into pitching this season, but he seemed to have regained his best stuff by the end of the spring.

In all, Morris posted a 1.77 ERA in 35 2/3 innings this season while striking out 58, compared to 17 walks.

Morris throws in the low 90s and has touched 96 mph. He also throws a changeup and curveball, though both need more work.

Morris benefited from all the talent in Washington this year and rose to the occasion with the extra scouts in the stands. He is committed to Lewis-Clark State, an NAIA school in Idaho.

William Boor is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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