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Baseball: Tuatara secure Texas star Morgan

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One of the brightest prospects in the Texas Rangers organisation is heading to play for the Auckland Tuatara this Australian Baseball League season.

Second baseman Josh Morgan is viewed as a future major league star in the making and his signing has the Tuatara coaching staff excited about what he might do during his time in Auckland.

Morgan moved up to AA-level baseball last year and impressed at the Frisco Rough Riders.

The 23-year-old missed most of the 2019 season with injury and was tipped to have cracked the big time had injury not interrupted the last part of his development. He is a career .280 hitter in the minor leagues and can play second base, third base, shortstop or even catcher and is renowned for his leadership and attention to detail.

Tuatara manager Steve Mintz has worked with Morgan within the Rangers organisation and holds him in high esteem.

"Josh is an extremely talented player and wonderful kid," Mintz said. "He will be a very key player for us this season - a leader on the park and a great presence in the clubhouse.

"He is very strong minded and wants to win. He will provide solid defense at either second base, shortstop or third base and will grind out at bats and find ways to help us win with his bat as well.

"We are very excited that the Rangers have allowed him to come with us. Paul Kruger was instrumental in getting this done and is working hard to provide us with some other players also."

Morgan is the first of what is likely to be a handful of Rangers prospects that will play for the Tuatara this summer.

He joins fellow minor league players Jared Walker (Dodgers), Ryan Costello (Twins), Jeremy Vasquez (Mets), Brandon Marklund (Royals), Yujo Kitagata (Dodgers) and Kyle Glogoski (Phillies) as well as former big-league pitcher Josh Collmenter on the Tuatara roster.

Added to that list is independent pitcher Jared Koenig and Kiwis Max Brown, Luke Hansen and Jimmy Boyce.

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