Join Jays From the Couch as we highlight the 2019 season of New Hampshire’s Forrest Wall and Bluefield’s PK Morris
OF Forrest Wall
The New Hampshire Fisher Cats’ outfield a fine 2019 season. A season which may have re-established his stock as a prospect. Unfortunately, it wasn’t good enough for the Blue Jays to add Forrest Wall to Toronto’s 40-man roster, as he will be eligible for the upcoming Rule V Draft. Forrest played 109 games in Double-A, finishing the season with 14 games in Triple-A.
Wall started the season with two strong months, batting .286 with 6 doubles, a HR, and an .817OPS in 23 games in April and .327BA with 9 doubles, 2 triples, 2 HR, and an .924OPS in 25 games in May. He struggled in 24 games in June, batting just .208 with 6 doubles, a triple, and a HR, striking out 24 times and 8 walks. He rebounded with a strong July which saw him collect 4 doubles, a triple, 5 home runs, and 13RBI while batting .283 with a .819OPS in 25 games.
Wall got his first taste of Triple-A ball with a promotion to Buffalo on August 18th.
Wall finished with the club’s lead in hits, runs scored, triples, and total bases. As a member of the Fisher Cats, the former Colorado Rockies 1st round pick scored 70 runs, collecting 27 doubles, 4 triples, 9 home runs, and 13 stolen bases while driving in 41 RBI with a .270 batting and .353OBP.
Overall, Forrest Wall produced at an above-average rate with a .352wOBA and 129wRC+. Wall produced a .149ISO and a .347BABIP. His plate discipline improved slightly in 2019 going from 0.40 to 0.45 BB/K with a 10.4BB% and 23.2K%. His BB% was decent but his K% still needs improvement.
Forrest Wall spent the season as New Hampshire’s leadoff man, batting 1st in 81 games with a .271/.348/.436 slash line. He also batted 2nd 10x and 9th 13x. Wall’s batted balls in play produced a 18.6LD%, 35.8GB%, and 45.6FB% which are all in line with his career norms. He does a nice job of using the entire field with a 42.2Pull% and 35.3Oppo% while going up the middle 22.6% of the time.
In the field, Wall was used primarily in CF (83GP) where he committed 3 errors and collected 5 outfield assists with a .986FPCT%. He also appeared in 16 games in LF and 7 games in RF. With the Bisons, Forrest Wall made all his starts in LF (12GP).
Home: .257BA with 11 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR, 24RBI, and a .698OPS
Away: .283BA with 16 2B, 3 3B, 5 HR, 17RBI, and .849OPS
Most Productive Game
On May 27th, Forrest Wall went 4-for-5 with three singles, a two-run homer, three runs scored, four RBI, and a total of 7 bases. This was the most hits, the most RBI, the most runs scored, and the most total bases Wall had in 2019.
Wall was named to the Eastern League Mid-Season All-Star game. He was named player of the week on the 2nd of June.
Despite not being added to the Blue Jays roster, Wall could still make his Major League debut in 2020. He’s likely to start the season in the Buffalo Bisons outfield. Unfortunately, the Blue Jays currently several fringe outfielders on their roster, many of whom are out of options. This will make it very difficult for Wall but not impossible.
Moving forward, Wall might be best utilized in a platoon role given his success against RHP.
1B PK Morris
Age: 20 (turns 21 on Nov 30th)
When Patrick Morris was drafted in the 14th round of the 2017 Draft, he was selected for his power potential. Three seasons later and Morris’ is finally beginning to display some of that power. He spent 2018 as a member of the Bluefield Blue Jays where he batted just .215 with 8 doubles, a triple, 4 home runs, and a 30/58 BB/K rate in 51 games.
Morris was returned to Bluefield in 2019. He appeared in 52 games, showing improvement in all facets of his game. He batted .253 with 37 runs scored, 7 doubles, 8 home runs, and 43RBI. His overall production increased from .317wOBA in 2018 to .363wOBA and 81wRC+ to 120wRC+. Morris pushed his ISO to .163 and his BABIP to .305.
After batting .273 with .885OPS in 10 games in June, Morris batted .278 with a .832OPS in 21 games in July. Unfortunately, the final month of the season proved to be too much as Morris batted .224 with a .701OPS in 21 games in August.
PK posted a .370OBP with a 15.2BB% and a 23.5K% for a 0.65 BB/K ratio. Morris spent most of the season batting 4th (23GP) with an even split of 11GP between 5th and 6th. While he only batted .200 out of the 6th spot, Morris hit 4 of his 8 home runs from this slot in the batting order.
In the field, Morris made 40 starts at 1st base committing 6 errors for a .983FPCT%.
Home: .274BA with 4 2B, 0 3B, 2HR, 18RBI, and .791OPS
Away: .236BA with 3 2B, 0 3B, 6 HR, 25RBI, and .780OPS
LHP: .283/.411/.478 (46AB)
Most Productive Game
On August 10th, the 6-foot-1 1st baseman went 2-for-3 with a double, two runs scored, two walks, a two-run home run, 3 RBI, and 6 total bases. He had one 3-hit game in which he crossed the plate three times. He had one 4RBI game and two 5 TB games.
After two seasons in the Appalachian League, it is time for PK Morris to experience full-season A-Ball in 2020. He will need to compete with Yorman Rodriguez and Spencer Horwitz for reps at 1st for the Lansing Lugnuts. It is possible he begins the season with the Extended Spring squad and plays one more short-season as a member of the Vancouver Canadians but I think he’ll bypass that level. A make or break type deal.
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