The CBB continues our countdown to the 2009 College Baseball season with our Top 50 players to watch. We will be providing one player each day (Monday-Saturday) until we reach number 1.
We continue the list today with sophomore Hunter Morris from Auburn University. He is a 6-2 220 pound first baseman from Huntsville Alabama and Grissom High School.
Hunter made an immediate impact at Auburn University by leading the team in many offensive categories in his first campaign. He ended up leading the team in average (.351) and hits (74). He also finished second on the team with eleven homers and 49 RBI. He was outstanding in the field by not making an error in 384 putouts and 26 assists.
After the collegiate season was over, Hunter tried out for the USA National Team where he ended up being selected to the team. He ended up playing in 19 games with ten starts. He finished the summer with a .270 average with three homers and nine RBI. The team ended up finishing the summer with a perfect 24-0 record with picking up titles at the Haarlem Baseball Week with two victories over the Cuban Olympic Team and FISU Tournament in the Czech Republic.
We had a chance to see Hunter at the Team USA trials when the team toured New England. I personally saw him against the North Shore Spirit where he went 2-5 with a run scored. My full report from that day is available by clicking here. Jarred Amato who covers the SEC for us saw Hunter when Team USA continued their New England tour by visiting the Newport Gulls. His full report can be read by clicking here.
We talked with an amateur scout who considers him one of the hardest workers on the field and seems committed to becoming a better all around player. I find this hard to believe since Morris already was a second round pick by the Boston Red Sox out of high school and the only way he can get drafted higher is in the first round. We should see what happens when Morris gets drafted again in 2010.
You can check out the full top 50 by clicking here.