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Cubs' Preston Morrison ahead of the curve

South Bend Cubs pitcher Preston Morrison is currently 3rd in the Midwest League in ERA (2.40) and tied for first in wins (9). (WSBT Photo)

After a slow start to the season, South Bend Cubs pitcher Preston Morrison has found his groove.

Despite seeing a month-long winning streak snapped last week, the crafty right hander leads the league with 9 wins.

"It's one of those things where I'm feeling more like myself," Morrison said recently. "I really just got back into the grove of things and just started pitching like I know I can and just believing that all I have to do is just be me."

As it turns out, being himself, is a real nuisance to Midwest League hitter.

The Cubs 8th round pick in the 2015 draft has a nasty breaking ball, and he's using it to get lot of hitters out.

And it's also a pitch that Morrison feels he can take to the next level.

"Its moving a lot and I'm usually keeping the ball low," Morrison says of the breaking ball. "Throwing a lot of strikes, keeping the bats moving. Just trying to get bad swings and get the defense involved. Just trying to get my change-up back to 100 percent: It's there: Its on and off but at the same time I want to be very consistent."

He's been extremely consistent so far.

Over his last 12 outings, Morrison has allowed just 12 runs, and seen his ERA drop from over 6.0, down to 2.40, the 3rd best mark in the MWL.

And while this suggest he's probably due for a promotion sooner than later, Morrison says he's keeping his focus improving his already impressive arsenal on the mound.

"Just trying to get better every day," Morrison admits. "I'm not worried about promotions or what level: All I can control is going out there and having a good catch play and get my body ready for the next start."

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