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Jeremy Craig Morris
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 3", Weight 225 lb.
- School Florida State University
Jeremy Morris reached AAA.
Morris hit .333 as a freshman at FSU, third on the club, right behind Doug Mientkiewicz. He fell to .271 as a sophomore, when FSU made it to the 1995 College World Series and finished third in NCAA Division I. In 1996, Jeremy batted .371 with 36 doubles and 13 homers in 256 AB. He scored 76 and drove in 87, while stealing 23 bases. Baseball America named him second-team All-American in the outfield, behind only Mark Kotsay, Chad Green and teammate J.D. Drew. Morris paced NCAA Division I in doubles, five more than anyone else, and he was 12th in RBI. Florida State finished 6th in the country and made the 1996 College World Series. Morris was 4th in the Atlantic Coast Conference in average and 9 RBI behind leader Drew. He joined Drew, Kris Benson and Matt LeCroy as All-Conference selections. The Kansas City Royals chose Morris in the 9th round of the 1996 amateur draft but he returned for his senior year. For the first time, he did not go to the College World Series, but he still had one big year, hitting .356 with 25 homers, 116 RBI and 25 steals. He made All-ACC alongside Drew and Jake Weber in the outfield and deprived Drew of the RBI lead when J.D. led the ACC in average, runs, hits and homers. Baseball America named him first-team All-American alongside Drew and Brad Wilkerson; Tom Sergio was the only other 1997 Baseball America All-American who did not make the majors. Morris tied for 13th in Division I in homers and was third in RBI behind Lance Berkman and Brandon Larson. The New York Yankees selected him in the 8th round of the 1997 amateur draft.
Jeremy batted .280/.366/.393 with 10 steals in 13 tries for the 1997 Oneonta Yankees but his power did not transition well to the wooden bat, with only two homers in 68 games. Moving up to the Tampa Yankees in 1998, the Georgian put up a .301/.366/.449 line with 13 home runs, 69 runs, 72 RBI and 11 steals in 14 tries for a well-rounded performance. He moved to DH with the 1999 Norwich Navigators and hit .247/.304/.362; he also went 6 for 15 with two homers, 5 walks, 7 runs and 7 RBI on a rehab stint with the GCL Yankees. The college star ended his career in 2000 with the Navigators (10 for 44, 3 2B, HR, SB, 6 BB) and the Columbus Clippers (2 for 7, 2B).
Sources: 1995-2001 Baseball Almanacs