Gregory R. Morhardt (Mo)
- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 6' 0", Weight 170 lb.
Greg was picked by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 14th round of the 1981 amateur draft out of high school, one round after they took Danny Cox. He went on to college instead, where he collected over 200 hits. He set a University of South Carolina record with 53 career doubles. The Minnesota Twins took him in the 2nd round of the 1984 amateur draft, the 36th overall pick, 5 picks after Greg Maddux. He was the Twins' second pick, following first-rounder Jay Bell.
Despite being drafted halfway through the season, he still wound up as the most-used first baseman for the 1984 Orlando Twins. Starting his career with that AA club, he hit .233/.263/.340 in 77 games. Back with Orlando in '85, he batted .263/.306/.423 with 13 homers; he alternated 1B with Mark Funderburk and an OF slot with Funderburk (Alex Marte and Mark Davidson were the other two outfielders). He split 1986 between Orlando (.279/.313/.468, 43 RBI in 50 G) and the Toledo Mud Hens (.253/.291/.341 in 88 G). He was Toledo's most-used first baseman.
Morhardt repeated in AA and AAA in 1987, but his production fell - he hit only .225/.273/.316 with 3 homers and 25 RBI in 80 games for Orlando and .204/.225/.263 with one home run and 16 RBI in 42 games for Portland. He also pitched 3 games for Orlando, allowing only 2 hits and 2 runs in 7 innings. He moved to the Detroit Tigers system for his final two years. In 1988, he played for the Lakeland Tigers (.238/.273/.369 in 38 G) and Glens Falls Tigers (.232/.301/.375 in 39 G). He played one game for Lakeland in 1989 but did not bat.
Overall, Greg hit .245/.284/.368 with 40 HR and 235 RBI in 536 minor league games.