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Shane Bieber Gives Badass Review of Second-Year Phenom Eli Morgan

Devon Platana
Cleveland Guardians pitcher Shane Bieber has given a badass review of teammate and second-year phenom Eli Morgan.
Cleveland Guardians pitcher Shane Bieber has given a badass review of teammate and second-year phenom Eli Morgan. / Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
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Second-year pitcher Eli Morgan has been nothing short of great for the Cleveland Guardians during the 2022 MLB season. The Guardians know it. The Cleveland faithful knows it. And teammate Shane Bieber most certainly knows it, unafraid to share his thoughts on the 26-year-old phenom.

Part of what's made Morgan successful is his changeup that's fooled even the most experienced batters. When asked what helped the sophomore get to this new level, Bieber simply said that it's what the Guardians call the "F U mentality."

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Bieber elaborated by saying that Morgan "knows what he has and knows how to use it." Even if the opposing batter knows what the former Gonzaga Bulldog has in his arsenal, Bieber knows that Morgan "isn't going to back down," which is a "super valuable" trait to have in a pitcher.

Morgan averages 75.5 mph on his changeup, according to FanGraphs. The pitch type has accounted for 29% of his throws in 2022, resulting in only six hits on a total of 140 pitches. Batters are only hitting .133 against the Rancho Palos Verdes, CA native and have struck out 13 times.

The right-handed hurler has also looked more comfortable coming out of the bullpen than he did as a rookie starter. He's 3-2 through 21 appearances (one start) this season, recording a 2.12 ERA, 0.618 WHIP and 43 strikeouts over 34 innings pitched.

If the Guardians are going to continue their successful campaign, they need Morgan to keep up his dominant performances. Fortunately, he's given the club every reason to believe in him thus far.

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