Nov. 20, 2013
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - This week all nine players from the 2014 Alabama baseball recruiting class will be featured on RollTide.com. Today's featured players are catcher Matt Morgan from Thorsby, Ala., and right-handed pitcher Logan Ashworth from Port Neches, Texas.
Fr., 6-1, 195
Thorsby, Ala. (Thorsby)
Matt Morgan is ranked as the top catcher and the No. 4 player in the state of Alabama, and 185th nationally by Perfect Game USA. A 2013 Second Team Preseason HS Underclassmen All-American by Perfect Game, he was also invited to the East Coast Pro Showcase in 2012 and 2013. The rising senior from Thorsby, Ala., was selected for the Lions Club East West Game and the AHSAA North-South All-Star Game following his junior season. Morgan was chosen for the Alabama Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) All-Star Event in 2011, 2012 and 2013 and to Team Alabama in 2012 and 2013. He was a back-to-back all-state pick in 2012 and 2013, and an all-area selection in eighth and ninth grade. In 2011, Morgan played for Team USA in the USSSA Gold Medal Games where his team claimed the gold medal. In 2010, he was ranked by Amateur Baseball Report as the No. 5 15-year-old in the country, and was a USSSA 14U First Team All-American. As a sophomore at Thorsby HS, Morgan batted .485 and hit five home runs with 14 stolen bases, 49 runs scored, 50 hits, and 29 walks. Behind the plate, he threw out 24 of 31 base runners attempting to steal.
Alabama assistant coach Andy Phillips about Matt Morgan
"Matt is a high-energy guy that possesses a lot of physical tools. He's a plus catch and throw guy and has great receiving ability and a good arm. Physically, he's what you want. He's a very athletic kid, so he can bounce around and do multiple things on the field and he has tremendous upsize. He can be a really good offensive player, but also be an impact defensive guy. He's has some physicality to him and the ball jumps off his bat. He's developed into a pure hitter and doing a better job with contact. Mechanically, the swing in good and the more at-bats he gets the better he's going to be."
6-2, 185 Port Neches, Texas (Port Neches-Groves)
Logan Ashworth is a 6-2 right handed pitcher from Port Neches-Groves High School. Ashworth is currently ranked as the 43rd best player in Texas and the 18th best right handed pitcher in the state. Nationally, Ashworth is ranked as the 469th overall player in the country by Perfect Game USA. He is a two-time high honorable mention preseason high school Underclass All-American selection by Perfect Game USA. He was the only player from his area to make the final cut of the Texas Rangers Area Code Tryouts, resulting in a selection to the 2013 New Balance Games in Long Beach, Calif. Following his junior season at PNGHS, Ashworth garnered All-District 20-4A first team honors. Additionally, Ashworth participated in Perfect Game's 2013 National Showcase, 2011 and 2012 National Underclass Showcases, and 2012 Junior National Showcase
Alabama assistant coach Dax Norris about Logan Ashworth
"Logan Ashworth is a guy that has really come on lately and will be a mid-90s velocity pitcher when he's done at Alabama. He's a strike-thrower. Like the other guys in the class, he really pounds the zone. That's what we're looking for in our recruiting. He needs to work on the breaking ball, but with his fastball and change-up, he will bolster our staff next year. "