Marcus Morgan

Iowa City (IA) West High pitcher Marcus Morgan. 

IOWA CITY, Iowa - Like future Iowa teammate Brody Brecht, Marcus Morgan let Major League Baseball franchises know what it would cost to buy him out of his Hawkeye commitment. Teams chose to pass, and the Iowa City West High standout relishes his college opportunity. 

The 20-round MLB Draft began Sunday and wrapped up Tuesday. Its completion served as closure for Morgan, who like most prospects dealt with stress during the process.

"It feels good. If anything, it excites me even more to get to work at Iowa," he told HN. 

Morgan believes Hawkeye coach Rick Heller and his staff will help him grow. He also sees big success ahead for the program. 

"The ultimate goal at Iowa is to develop into an elite pitcher, getting my degree in the process. Obviously, I think with the group of guys I have coming in with me and the guys there now, some goals are definitely to win B1G championships and beyond," he said. 

MLB franchises like to know what it will take to sign prep prospects away from college commitments. Sometimes they pay up. Sometimes they pass. 

Like Brecht, Morgan set his number and was not surprised he didn't hear his name called during the draft. 

"Mine was probably a little less than Brody, but that’s how I went about things as well," Morgan said. 

Morgan paces Class 4A in strikeouts this season with 95 in 49 2/3 innings. He sports a 1.41 ERA and 1.01 WHIP. Playing center field on days he's not on the mound, he is hitting .386 with a 1.14 OPS, five homers and 39 RBI. 

Iowa State Football and others offered Morgan a scholarship. He showed in the fall that he was one of the state's top quarterbacks and punters. 

He opted for baseball. He's working to contribute for the Hawkeyes right away. 

"Coach Heller has told me in the past that I’ll have to the opportunity to come in and compete for a spot in the rotation just like everyone else. I intend to do that and hopefully be an impact guy for the team next year," Morgan said.