FARGO, N.D. 6-25-2010 – The Gary SouthShore RailCats didn’t wait long to complete their June 21 trade with the River City Rascals, today acquiring right-handed reliever Will Morgan from the Frontier League club. To make room for Morgan on the active roster, the RailCats placed Cristian Guerrero on the disabled list with a left wrist injury.
Morgan, 24, comes over as the “player to be named later” in the deal that sent starter Ryan Zink to River City. Originally selected in the 12th Round of the 2007 Major League Entry Draft by the New York Mets, Morgan actually began the 2010 season with the American Association’s Wichita Wingnuts before being traded to River City. In four appearances with the Rascals, Morgan posted a 2.08 ERA and had five strikeouts in 4.1 innings.
Highly regarded coming out of Lewis-Clark (Idaho) State College, Morgan shined in his first professional season, going 3-0 with a 2.02 ERA in 22 games for the Mets short-season affiliate in Brooklyn with 39 strikeouts against eight walks. Morgan was severely limited by injury the next two seasons, however, making only eight appearances from 2008-09 before being released.
Morgan helped NAIA powerhouse Lewis-Clark to the National Championship in his only season with the program in 2007, going 5-1 with a 1.46 ERA in 23 appearances, primarily out of the bullpen. Morgan struck out 78 in 67.2 IP that season and was one of eight players on that Lewis-Clark team to be drafted. A native of Poway, California, Morgan spent the previous two seasons at Santa Rosa (Calif.) Junior College.
Guerrero, who has not played since June 16, has missed the last nine games with a wrist injury. His placement on the disabled list is retroactive to June 17, making the outfielder eligible to return as soon as he is healthy. Guerrero is hitting .286 and leads the RailCats in home runs (6) and RBI (21).
Morgan will be in uniform tonight as the RailCats (18-16) play game two of a four-game set against the league-leading Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks (20-10) at Newman Outdoor Field in Fargo. The game, like every RailCats game, will be broadcast live on 89.1 FM, The Lakeshore, and on the web at www.railcatsbaseball.com.