Morris added to Futures Game roster

Morris added to Futures Game roster

HOUSTON -- Pitching prospect Bryan Morris, who was surprisingly missing from the initial All-Star Futures Game roster, was added to the U.S. team on Wednesday.

Morris was one of two pitchers added to the U.S. roster after Dan Hudson (White Sox) and Jarred Cosart (Phillies) had to come off.

Morris, 23, is certainly deserving of the opportunity. He started the year with Class A Bradenton and posted a 0.60 ERA while going 3-0 in eight starts. At the time of his promotion to Double-A Altoona in mid-May, Morris' ERA was the lowest among all Minor League starters.

Since joining Altoona's rotation, Morris has gone 4-3 with a 3.66 ERA. In the right-hander's 96 1/3 combined innings, Morris has struck out 90 and walked 25. All of Morris' 2010 success comes on the heels of a disappointing '09 campaign in which he went 4-9 with a 5.57 ERA in 15 Class A starts.

The Pirates' other representative for the Futures Game, which will be played at Angel Stadium this Sunday at 6 p.m. ET, is Gorkys Hernandez. The 22-year-old outfielder is also currently with Altoona.