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    6  Colt Morton
    Colt Morton


    West Palm Beach, Fla.

    High School:
    The King's Academy

    Height / Weight:
    6-6 / 227



    A standout defensive catcher with upper-deck power potential ? Has been behind the plate for the bulk of his first two seasons in Raleigh, and will be the Pack?s starting backstop again in ?03 ? Ranked by The Scouting Report as the No. 71 college prospect in the baseball draft class of 2003. As a sophomore (2002): Power-hitting catcher started the season strong and finished the season even stronger ? Wound up with 13 home runs ? Tied his career high with four RBIs on February 24 with a grand-slam home run against Coppin State, his first long ball of the season ? Went deep each of his next two games, connecting off Appalachian State on February 27 and George Mason on March 1 ? Went 4-for-5 with a double, a home run and two RBIs March 8 vs. Richmond ? Went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs March 16 in the first game of a doubleheader vs. St. Joseph?s ? Had a three-run home run in four at-bats March 23 vs. Wake Forest ? Had two hits with a homer and four RBIs in three at-bats April 13 vs. Duke ? Finished the regular season with a six-game hitting streak, batting .391 (9-for-23) with two doubles, two home runs and nine RBIs, lifting his season average from .255 to .272 ? Played during the summer for the Chatham A's of the Cape Cod League, hitting six home runs and driving in 18 runs in 38 games played ? Finished third in the leauge in homers. As a freshman (2001): Provided power at the plate and defensive stability behind it ? Batted .260 with 11 doubles, 12 home runs and 42 RBIs in 60 games ? Batted .281 with five doubles, six home runs and 23 RBIs in 24 Atlantic Coast Conference games ? Broke Pat Clougherty?s 10-year-old school record for home runs by a freshman ? Had his hottest stretch of the season during a 12-game span from March 11 at Georgia Tech through April 2 vs, North Carolina, batting .385 (20-for-52) with six home runs and 21 RBIs during those 12 games ? Went 4-for-5 with a home run and four RBIs in NC State?s 16-8 victory over Georgia Tech on March 11 ? Had a double, a homer and three RBIs in the first game of the Virginia series on March 23 and had three homers and eight RBIs in the three-game series at Charlottesville. High school and personal: One of the top prep players in the state of Florida ? Batted .339 with eight home runs and 26 RBIs as a senior in 2000 ? Was an all-state selection as a junior and senior ? Was a preseason Louisville Slugger/TPX High School All-American as a senior, and went on to earn honorable-mention All-America honors in Collegiate Baseball ? Selected in the 36th round of the 2000 June baseball draft by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays ? Majoring in business parks, recreation and tourism ? Born April 10, 1982.

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