Joey Morgan, a former Sisters High standout and a 2017 all-Pac-12 Conference catcher for the Washington Huskies, was selected by the Detroit Tigers in the third round of the Major League Baseball draft Tuesday.
The selection of Morgan, the 95th pick overall, is the highest of a Central Oregon player since Jacoby Ellsbury, who starred at both Madras High and Oregon State, was chosen in the first round (23rd overall) by the Boston Red Sox in 2005.
Morgan was the 2013 Oregon Class 4A player of the year as a junior at Sisters, where he was the Outlaws’ starting catcher as a freshman.
He went on to become a four-time all-Sky-Em League player and a three-time first-team all-state catcher.
As a freshman at Washington, Morgan started 38 games as catcher. He became the Huskies’ regular starter as a sophomore in 2016, when he was a first-time all-conference selection.
Morgan was named to Baseball America’s All-America second team as a junior this season, when he led Washington in batting average (.354), slugging percentage (.500), on-base percentage (.427), hits (59) and RBIs (45). He also hit five home runs. Defensively, Morgan threw out 13 of 27 runners trying to steal (48 percent).
Also selected Tuesday were Oregon State catcher K.J. Harrison, Oregon State pitcher Jake Thompson and Oregon catcher Tim Susnara.
Harrison, from Honolulu, was selected by the Milwaukee Brewers in the third round with the 84th overall pick. The three-year starter, who is hitting .330 this season with eight home runs and 39 RBIs, is a three-year all-Pac-12 player. He was chosen in the 25th round of the 2014 draft by Cleveland.
Thompson, a product of Florence’s Siuslaw High, was taken by the Boston Red Sox in the fourth round with the 131st overall pick. Thompson is 14-0 with 113 strikeouts and a 1.52 ERA for the Beavers this season, when he was named all-Pac-12. He was selected in the 34th round of the 2013 draft by the Chicago Cubs. He pitched for the Bend Elks in the 2014 season, going 4-2 with a 4.25 ERA.
Susnara, a three-year starter for the Ducks, was selected by Arizona in the eighth round with the 232nd overall pick. He hit .244 this season with five home runs and 17 RBIs. The Redwood City, California, product threw out nine of 18 runners trying to steal.
Ducks ace David Peterson was selected in the first round (20th overall pick) Monday, while Beavers pitcher Drew Rasmussen was taken with the 31st overall pick.
The draft concludes Wednesday with the 11th through 40th rounds.