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Colt Morton

Colt Morton
Name: Kristopher Colt Morton
Born: Apr 10, 1982 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. USA
High School: The King's Academy, West Palm Beach, Fla.
College: North Carolina State
Ht.: 6'5" / Wt.: 228 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
Drafted in the 3rd round (71st overall) by the San Diego Padres in 2003 (signed for $500,000)
Few players have made as much out of a .187 summer in the Cape Cod League as Morton did in 2002. His six homers were one shy of the league lead and he was the best defensive catcher around. Though he's 6-foot-6 and 227 pounds, he moves well behind the plate and has good throwing mechanics. His size also translates into considerable power. The one real flaw in his game is an inability to make consistent contact. He struggles to hit pitches down and away, swings and misses way too frequently and never has hit better than .272 in college. Morton does show some patience but still needs to shorten his stroke and use the entire field. How much he'll hit as a pro with wood remains to be seen. The general shortage of catchers in the 2003 draft makes him a second-round possibility.
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