Justis Logan Morrison (born August 25, 1987, in Kansas City, Missouri) is a Major League Baseball left fielder for the Florida Marlins and a Mac-N-Seitz alumni. Entering the 2010 baseball season, Morrison is considered by Baseball America to be the #2 prospect in the Marlins farm system, and the #20th overall prospect. He played in the 2010 MLB All-Star Futures Game in Anaheim, California. On July 27, 2010, he was called up to the Major Leagues by the Marlins, and made his debut that night.
Morrison was drafted after his senior year (2005) in high school by the Florida Marlins in the 22nd Round, but decided to attend Maplewoods (MO) Community College, and was signed as a draft-and-follow prior to the 2006 MLB Amateur Draft.
In his freshman year, Morrison batted .436 with 9 home runs, 45 RBIs. He led the Monarchs with a .532 OB%, .743 SLG% & 1.275 OPS with a 29-13 BB-K ratio. He made only 3 errors, good for a .977 fielding percentage.
Minor League Career
In 2007, Morrison batted .267 with 24 home runs, 86 RBIs, 71 runs scored, and 22 Doubles in 128 games played. He was named a South Atlantic League Mid-Season All-Star.
In 2008, Morrison batted .332 with 13 HR, 74 RBIs, and 38 doubles for the Class High A Jupiter Hammerheads. He led the entire Florida State League in batting average (.332), hits (162), doubles (38) & OB% (.402). His 241 total bases was good for 2nd best in the Florida State League. He finished 4th in the Florida State League in AB’s (488), 4th in OPS (.896), 5th in SLG% (.494), 6th in RBI (74), 7th in runs (71), 8th in HR (13) & 9th in BB (57). Morrison led the Jupiter Hammerheads in Games, AB’s, Runs, Batting Average, OB%, Triples, Walks, Total Bases, Doubles, OB%, OPS, and SLG%.
A broken bone in his right thumb limited Morrison to 79 games at Double-A in 2009, where he batted .277 with 8 HR, 47 RBIs, and 18 doubles.
In 2010, Morrison played for the Jupiter Hammerheads and New Orleans Zephyrs.
Major League Career
On July 27, 2010, the Florida Marlins called up Morrison to replace the injured Chris Coghlan. He went 1-4 that night, recording his first major league hit in his debut.
Morrison’s rookie year has a special significance because his father was battling lung cancer and passed away on December 8, 2010. On December 9, 2010, Logan Morrison announced on his Twitter account that his father had died shortly after 9 p.m. the night before.