Tanner Morris 'Shocked' by Being Drafted by Blue Jays, Decision on Going Pro Coming
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - University of Virginia sophomore shortstop Tanner Morris says he likely is headed to the pros but won't make a final decision on whether to go pro or return to Virginia for his junior season until Thursday or Friday.
Morris was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 5th round of the MLB draft on Wednesday.
Morris was expecting to be selected in rounds three through five, but was surprised when the Blue Jays picked him.
"For me it was a shock," says Morris. "You are in touch before the draft with certain teams and you have an idea of where you are going to go. Toronto was not one of the teams we were in touch with very much and the Blue Jays drafted me randomly without contacting me or my advisor. We were kind of a little nervous to see what that would be if they were going to have the money to go above slot value."
Morris says money will be the primary factor in his decision to either go pro or return to Virginia for his junior season.
"It will be a difficult decision because I've enjoyed my two years at UVa," says Morris. "I think there is still more I can accomplish there, but also looking at my age, I'll be 22 going into the draft next year, so I think its time when you turn 21 that you want to turn to your pro career and see what you can do instead of hanging around in college ball."
Playing in the pros has always been Morris' goal.
"It's probably always been my dream since I started playing baseball," says Morris. "It probably didn't become a reality for me until I was 15 or 16 and I realized I had something special here and I was going to have a shot."
If Morris signs, he'll report to the Blue Jays affiliate in Vancouver. He says his main goal is to get stronger and hit more for power.
"They're looking for guys who can drive the ball over the wall," says Morris. "It's something that I need to work on because I only hit five home runs this season so that's going to be my focus. I think that's where the game is shifting and that's clearly how they're drafting now and as players we need to shift to what they want."