Bulletin staff report
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.
Central Oregon in the MLB draft
2017: Joey Morgan, c, Washington (Sisters High), 3rd round (95th overall), Detroit; Kevin Hamann, rhp, Lewis-Clark St. (Summit), 22nd round (664th overall), St. Louis
2015: Justin Harrer, ss, Sisters High, 18th round (537th overall), San Diego; Alex Robinett, rhp, Army (Mountain View), 32nd round (963rd overall)
2012: Jason Wilson, rhp, Western Oregon (Summit), 26th round (812th overall), Tampa Bay
2009: Darrell Ceciliani, of, Columbia Basin College (Madras High), fourth round (134th overall), N.Y. Mets
2006: Drew Rundle, of, Bend High, 14th round (419th overall), Chicago Cubs
2005: Jacoby Ellsbury, of, Oregon St. (Madras High), first round (23rd overall), Boston; Colby Wark, p, Lower Columbia CC (Redmond High), 32nd round (970th overall), Chicago Cubs
2004: Wally Backman, inf, Crook County, 30th round (891st overall), Texas; Colby Wark, p, Redmond, 36th round (1,086th overall), Chicago Cubs; Colby Summer, p, Hawaii (Mountain View), 38th round (1,145th overall), Boston
2002: Marshall Looney, lhp, La Pine, sixth round (181st overall), L.A. Dodgers; Jacoby Ellsbury, of, Madras High, 23rd round (674th overall), Tampa Bay
2001: Sean Hofferd, of, Bend High, 33rd round (994th overall), Colorado; Aaron O’Dell, rhp, Bend High, 36th round (1,068th overall), Chicago Cubs
2000: Colby Summer, ss, Mountain View, 38th round (1,136th overall), Seattle
1998: Joe Dusan, 1b, 12th round (352nd overall), Sacramento St. (Bend High), San Diego
1996: Scott Skeen, of, Mountain View, 22nd round (645th overall), Oakland; Joe Dusan, of, Bend High, 34th round (1,005th overall), Oakland
1995: Travis Smith, rhp, Texas Tech (Bend High), 19th round (516th overall), Milwaukee
1971: David Fuqua, of, Bend High (678th overall), 31st round, San Francisco
1968 (secondary): Tim Huntley, of, Spokane CC (Crook County), 2nd round (22nd overall), San Francisco
1967: Tim Huntley, of, Crook County, 31st round (590th overall), Cleveland