During his senior year at Joel Barlow High School, Morton posted a 1.18 ERA and was drafted later that year by the Braves in the third round of the 2002 First-Year Player Draft. He went 4-4 in his final high school season and held opponents to a .127 average while recording 78 strikeouts in 40 innings.
Morton went directly to the pros, and the sinkerballer made his debut for Atlanta in 2008.
Morton is the tallest starting pitcher on the Pirates' roster at 6-foot-5. The height and athleticism runs in the family, as his father, Chip, was 6-foot-6 and played college basketball.
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