After being drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 35th round in 2014, Justin Morris decided to stay at home and play for the Terps, joining his older brother Zach on the diamond. The younger Morris started 27 games in his freshman campaign, predominately at first base, but also played catcher and DH.
He compiled 11 hits last season, including two doubles and a triple. This summer Justin stayed local as well, playing for the Bethesda Big Train. Morris will see a lot more time behind the plate this season, filling the void left by Kevin Martir, who was drafted in the 18th round by the Houston Astros.
Players on the team were kind enough to fill out a questionnaire, so here’s what Justin had to say about baseball and beyond…
Favorite baseball memory: Catching my older brother Zach my freshman year in high school while he was a senior. We used to always play catch together in the backyard growing up and it was cool to actually have the opportunity to catch him in a real game.
Why he chose Maryland: Being a local kid I always grew up rooting for the Terps. It was important for me to give my family the opportunity to see me play without having to travel so far. I wanted them to be able to come to all my home games. I also really wanted to play a season with my older brother which was also really important to me. I felt comfortable as soon as I got to Maryland. It felt like home.
Favorite Maryland baseball memory: Last year winning the UCLA Regional and being part of a special group of guys.
Goals for this season: Just to be the best teammate I can be and to do whatever I can to help the team win.
Favorite teammate: I love all my teammates.
Hobbies: Going to the beach with friends and family.
Favorite place to eat around campus: Salad Works
Guilty pleasure TV show: Impractical Jokers
Dream job besides playing baseball: NFL Owner/Coach or a Rapper/Singer or a Pro Surfer.