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Morgan cherished big-league experience

Adam Morgan, the first Phillies player to be reassigned to minor-league camp in this spring training, packed his belongings with a smile on his face.

Morgan cherished big-league experience

Philadelphia Phillies´ Adam Morgan in action during a workout at baseball spring training, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, in Clearwater, Fla. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Philadelphia Phillies' Adam Morgan in action during a workout at baseball spring training, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, in Clearwater, Fla. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Adam Morgan, the first Phillies player to be reassigned to minor-league camp in this spring training, packed his belongings with a smile on his face.

"Just being around all these guys was amazing," the 23-year-old lefthander said Saturday morning. "I'll remember this for the rest of my life."

More moves are likely to come following the Phillies' exhibition game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Bright House Field.

Morgan, one of the top starting pitching prospects in the organization,appeared in two games with drastically different results. He surrendered four runs -- one earned -- on five hits in 1 2/3 innings in his Grapefruit League debut against Minnesota, then rebounded with three hitless innings against Pittsburgh five days later.

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"I like that you get immediate feedback from these guys at this level," Morgan said. "You throw one over the plate, they're going to make you pay. It's not like in high-A or double-A where you can get away with some stuff."

Morgan pitched at high-A Clearwater and double-A Reading a season ago, and solidified his prospect status by going a combined 8-11 with a 3.35 ERA. He will likely open the 2013 season back at Reading with a chance to move to triple-A Lehigh Valley during the season.

The lefty from the University of Alabama said he got a chance to pick fellow lefty Cole Hamels' brain during his time in big-league camp.

"I talked to Hamels about what he does in between starts and what he focuses on during spring training," Morgan said. "He told me what he decides to throw by reading certain hitters and that was just awesome. You can't get any better advice from someone like that. He showed me some different grips and that was great, too."



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