Baseball America partner Student Sports, which operates the Area Code Games presented by New Balance, has made a series of Day in the Life videos featuring players from the high school Class of 2014 who participated in last summer’s Area Code Games. We’re happy to present them to you here. You can visit the Student Sports website for more on the 2014 Area Code Games.
There are few assets more valuable in baseball than up-the-middle positions players, especially ones that also wield formidable bats.
Shortstop Josh Morgan (Orange Lutheran, Corona, Calif.) fits that description. The recipient of the Defensive Player of the Day on the second day of the Area Code Games, Morgan is a joy to watch field his position.
Morgan has first step quickness, instincts and very smooth actions that could enable him to be an above-average defender. He has soft hands and a quick transfer and release to supplement his at least average arm.
Morgan, an intelligent, confident player who is committed to UCLA, has worked diligently to get in excellent shape and improve his speed. Morgan has a rare bat for the position with the chance to be an above-average hitter and hit for power.
The righthanded hitter also has a discerning eye at the plate. He creates tons of loud contact and was an extra-base machine during the fall showcase circuit. He comes from a storied program at Orange Lutheran, who began the year ranked No. 20 in the country on the Baseball America Top 25, and Morgan helped the Lancers win the National Classic.
The program has produced two big league righthanders, the Pirates’ Gerrit Cole and Brandon Maurer of the Mariners. Morgan will make Orange Lutheran a popular destination for the scouting community again this year and he will play in the National High School Invitational in Cary, N.C.
See Also: A Day in the Life: Kodi Medeiros