Reservoir grad Cody Morris is set to make his MLB debut with the Guardians

More than seven years after graduating from Reservoir High as one of Howard County’s greatest shooters, Cody Morris can officially say he made it.

After several setbacks, including Tommy John’s elbow reconstructive surgery in 2015 after leading the Gators to the only state championship in 2014 and a long spell on the injured list earlier this year as a possible recall date approaches, Morris officially joins the team Cleveland Guardians. Thursday after activated off IL.

Morris, a two-time Guardians call-up in September, has been in the minor leagues since early July in his rehab from a shoulder strain he suffered in March. He dominated Triple-A Columbus, scoring 2.35 ERAs in six games, including three.

Now, the 25-year-old Laurel native is set to make his long-awaited Major League Baseball debut.

Longtime Reservoir baseball coach Adam Leader said he received “the greatest text in the world” Tuesday night when Morris simply wrote, “Hey coach, I’m going to the big boys.”

Morris went 669 days between start – from September 2019 through July 2021 – after the 2020 minor league season was called off due to the coronavirus pandemic and a hamstring injury delayed his 2021 campaign. But when he finally took over the hill last summer, he quickly made his mark. In 61 runs across the Arizona Complex, Double A Akron and Triple A Columbus, he had 1.62 ERAs with 93 strikes and 20 walks in 15 games (14 starts).

“My biggest goal is to stay healthy,” Morris told The Baltimore Sun in August 2021. “I’ve had too many injuries in my career already, and you have to stay on the court to keep moving forward.”

After the season ended, The Guardians added Maurice to their roster of 40 players, but he developed a strain in the major rotator muscle in his right shoulder and was closed in March.

“He fought a lot and is a great guy and a great competitor. I obviously knew that was his goal all along. The fact that he got half that chance is incredible,” Leder, who plans to fly to Cleveland for Thursday’s game, said. Just got through it all, injury, worked through the system, kept working hard and through COVID with the season cancelled. He was someone who faced many obstacles in his path, persevered through them and is rewarded for this hard work.”

American baseball Morris, who was originally drafted in the 32nd round of high school by the Orioles but chose to play for the University of South Carolina, ranks the Guardians’ best 26 prospect, while the MLB Pipeline is ranked 15th.

Morris, a 6-foot-4 right-hander, came out of the fold in his last two Triple-A appearances and hit six with one walk and hits were not allowed across three point-free innings.

According to The AthleticMorris’ Triple-A manager Andy Tracy told the 2018 seventh-round draft that they were sending him to High-A to build him back up as a rookie. Morris was puzzled before Tracy said, “Be sure to stop by Progressive Field on your way. This is where you’re headed.”

At the Reservoir, Morris was a three-time Howard County Pitcher of the year and collected 22 wins and over 250 strikes with an ERA under 1.00. At the 2014 Class 3A State Championships, Morris threw 85 throws (60 hits), allowing only two hits and two walks while scoring 11 to close out the game in the 2–0 win over North Harford.

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