Even when the season started and shortstop Josh Morgan had only two hits in his first 10 at-bats, he was patient, looking for other ways to help out Orange Lutheran.
“You have to play solid defense and be a good leader, even If you’re not hitting the ball,” Morgan said at the time. “You have to get quality at-bats every time, to get the pitcher’s count up. If you’re hitting the ball hard, why change things? If it’s going to guys, it’s going to guys. I feel like if you keep the same approach, the hits will come. You have to be patient and just hit the ball hard.”
Fast-forward a month and Morgan is hitting .317 with a .432 on-base percentage and only two strikeouts in 41 at-bats. Those numbers, combined with his defense and leadership, are why the UCLA signee is considered one of the top high school shortstops in the country.
Until the regular-season American Family Insurance ALL-USA baseball team comes out in June, we’re looking at players who have a chance to be on that team.
Name and school: Josh Morgan, Lutheran, Orange, Calif.
Height, weight: 5-11, 180
Baseball future: The senior has signed with UCLA.
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Top outings: Morgan went 3-for-3 with a double, homer and two RBI in a 9-2 defeat of Mater Dei (Santa Ana) on April 23. Went 3-for-4 with two RBI in a 7-6 loss to Junipero Serra (San Juan Capistrano) on March 17.
Morgan’s take: “I feel like I will play shortstop. I’ll have a good fight with anybody that says I need to move. I’ve done a lot to stay at shortstop. Whatever I need to do to stay there, I’ll do that. That’s my favorite position and it’s a good leadership position. Hopefully it will take me far.”