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Mets to promote Morris from Class A Advanced

The Mets reached all the way down to Class A Advanced Port St. Lucie to add an extra bullpen arm on Sunday night, promoting right-handed reliever Akeel Morris straight to the Majors.

Morris, the Mets' No. 19-ranked prospect according to, was already on the club's 40-man roster.

He makes the rare jump from advanced Class A after putting up a 1.74 ERA over 23 appearances with St. Lucie this season. That comes on the heels of notching a minuscule 0.63 ERA over 41 outings with Class A Savannah last year, his first full season in the professional ranks.

His promotion comes with the Mets likely just adding a short-term insurance arm after a busy couple of days for their bullpen.

They used five relievers in an 11-inning loss on Saturday and again needed five pitchers out of the 'pen in Sunday's 10-8 victory over the Mets with starter Dillon Gee lasting only 3 2/3 innings.

Paul Casella is a reporter for
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