Tre’ Morgan isn’t the typical first baseman. The Louisiana State University position player is an outstanding athlete with a quality hit tool and a contact-oriented approach.
Morgan’s skill set allows him to make an impact in all phases. He has displayed his skill set since his freshman year at LSU in 2021. He has consistently performed at a high level, becoming a top player in the Southeastern Conference.
Morgan’s ability, potential and college production have caused scouts to take notice in preparation for July’s MLB draft. Scouts project Morgan as a likely early-round draft pick.
Morgan has dreamed of playing professional baseball for as long as he can remember. But right now, his focus is on helping LSU capture its first national title since 2009.
“The team’s success is the only thing that matters to me,” Morgan said. “I’ve never won a championship in anything, so that’s my only goal. However, let the chips fall where they may for the draft.”
Morgan is a 6-foot-1, 215-pound left-handed hitting first baseman. He does not have the prototypical first baseman profile. He doesn’t hit for a lot of power. Instead, Morgan drives the ball into the gaps to hit for a high batting average. He also has solid plate discipline, as he rarely strikeouts.
“The biggest strength I have is my competitive nature,” Morgan said. “It is the way I carry myself when I step on the field, no matter who I am facing or what team we are playing. You have to show me how good you are. I’m not going to go out there and fold just because you are a prospect or having a good season. You have to impress me and beat me.”
Defensively, Morgan has split time at first base and left field this season. He joined LSU three years ago as a first baseman, where he primarily played in high school.
Morgan is a great athlete with quality speed and instincts. He covers plenty of ground and is sure-handed at first base. He profiles best at first base, where scouts believe he is an above-average defender. But he also gives teams versatility with his experience in the outfield.
“I feel like I’m a better first baseman because I have been doing it my whole life,” Morgan said. “But I can go out there and run around in the outfield. Now, I’m the everyday starter in left and have made that adjustment. I think it’s working out well.”
Morgan is a key piece for the Tigers. He is hitting .311 with nine doubles, three triples, three home runs and 29 RBIs in 151 at-bats. He also has displayed quality plate discipline, with 21 walks and 17 strikeouts. In his college career, he has hit .334 with 14 home runs in his three years.
The Tigers are the consensus No. 1 team in college baseball, with national title or bust expectations. They boast a loaded roster, headlined by outfielder Dylan Crews. Most expect the Tigers to reach the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska, for the first time since 2017. They are seeking their seventh national title in program history.
“It’s baseball. Not everything is going to go right all the time,” Morgan said. “You are going to have some injuries or play bad at some points. But can you overcome that? That is the point where we are at, and we are responding to it well. The confidence hasn’t left us, even in the slightest. This team is in a great spot to make a run when it really matters.”
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Dan Zielinski III has covered the MLB draft for eight years. He has interviewed 433 of the top draft prospects in that period, including four No. 1 overall picks. Multiple publications, including Baseball America, USA Today, MLB.com, The Arizona Republic and The Dallas Morning News, have quoted his work, while he has appeared on radio stations as a “MLB draft expert.” Follow him on Twitter @DanZielinski3.