The Long Island Ducks Sign Ex-Met Pitcher Akeel Morris


Former New York Met right-hander Akeel Morris has joined the Long Ducks for the upcoming Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB) season, today the team announced.

The three-year MLB veteran begins his second season with the Ducks, third in the Atlantic League and 12th in professional baseball.

Morris began 2021 with Long Island and did not permit a single run in his two starts with the team. He threw 11 scoreless innings, allowing just four hits and four walks while striking out 12. 

Prior to joining the Ducks, the 29-year-old spent parts of three seasons in the Major Leagues. He made one appearance with the Mets in 2015, eight with the Atlanta Braves in 2017 and nine with the Los Angeles Angels in 2018. The righty combined to strike out 16 batters over 22 innings in those 18 games.

After Morris’ Atlantic League success last year, the San Francisco Giants purchased his contract on June 11th. The Giants thusly assigned him to Double-A Richmond, where the Florida resident went on to post a 6-0 record with a 3.67 ERA and 65 strikeouts to 11 walks in 10 starts before he was promoted to Triple-A Sacramento. He made five appearances, four of which were starts, there. Morris finished the year on fire, going 5-0 with a 1.77 ERA in seven starts with Richmond.

He hopes to duplicate last campaign’s performance

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to toe the diamond with the Ducks for another season,” Morris said in a press release. “Being in an organization with a history of winning is always a plus and guides you to set expectations for yourself as well. Having my contract purchased last season by the Giants was a great accomplishment for me. As a new season approaches, my goal is to simply give my team the best chance to win when I step on the field. See you soon, Ducks fans.”

The Atlantic League is an independent pro baseball association known for giving countless former MLBers another crack at an affiliated organization. Now, he is back with Long Island, and the organization could not be happier, ready to help him get back to the Bigs while he helps the club win.

“Akeel’s success in the Atlantic League last year gave him the opportunity to return to an MLB organization,” Ducks President/GM Michael Pfaff said. “We are excited to welcome him back and help him in his quest to return to the big leagues.”

The New York selected Morris in the tenth round of the 2010 MLB draft.

— Jerry Del Priore

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