Originally written on Taking Bad Schotz  |  Last updated 11/18/14

Warren Morris is from Alexandria, Louisiana and played collegiate baseball at Louisiana State University.  The second baseman initially played behind stud Todd Walker, but he later emerged as a star in his LSU career. In the 1996 College World Series, Warren Morris hit a Robert Horry clutch walk-off homerun in the bottom of the 9th inning with 2 outs, down 8-7 against Miami. He immediately became a legend for the Tigers.

Morris entered the 1996 MLB Draft and fell to the Texas Ranges in the fifth round. But in 1998 he was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates along with Todd Van Poppel for Estaban Loaiza. Another great trade in Pittsburgh Pirates history. But at the time it seemed like a more than reasonable trade considering Morris’ stellar rookie year. He had a solid batting average with .288, 20 doubles, 3 triples, 15 bombs, and 73 rbi’s. He even earned a spot on the 1999 Topps All-Star Rookie Roster at second base.

However, the next season was quite the opposite. Morris lost his power, only hitting 3 homeruns with a .259 BA in his 528 at bats. The Pirates gave him one more chance in 2000, but once again he failed to hit with power…he actually just failed to hit the ball in general. His struggles immediately made him a free agent, and Morris ended up signing with the Minnesota Twins in 2002. He had 7 AB’s with the Twins, which resulted in zero hits. Morris was then shipped off to the St. Louis Cardinals for Seth Davidson. But soon after the Cards released him, and he was claimed by the Red Sox. Since he got no playing time there, he was granted free agency and was signed by the Detroit Tigers. He actually showed some of his rookie talent in 2003 with the Tigers. He hit .272 with 6 homeruns. Unfortunately, that would be the last season Warren Morris recorded any stats for a team. Even though he was signed by the Indians and the Brewers, the kid just couldn’t get a 5th or 6th chance.

I guess looking back, he wasn’t worth Estaban Loaiza, but it’s baseball and you learn from your mistakes….unless you’re the Pirates.

-Schotz

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