MOREHEAD – Aaron Leasher, a left-handed pitcher, and Braxton Morris, an infielder, have signed National Letters of Intent to join the Morehead State baseball program. Both will be incoming freshmen for the 2015 season.
“We are excited about adding these two young men to our program,” Head Coach Mike McGuire said. “Both are good students and quality additions to our incoming recruiting class.”
Leasher, a native of Mt. Pleasant, Mich., was named Morning Sun and Saginaw News Player of the Year as a senior in 2014. He was also a First-Team All-State, as a well as an all-district, all-conference and all-region, selection in 2014. In 2013, as a junior, Leasher was tabbed Second-Team All-Conference as well as all-district and all-region.
“Aaron is a projectable left-handed pitcher,” McGuire said. “He pitches in the mid 80’s now with a good breaking ball. He is a good athlete and was also a standout basketball player in Michigan. We feel he has a very high ceiling he can reach now that he is focused on baseball year-round.”
Leasher helped guide his high school team, the Mt. Pleasant Oilers, to the Division II State Championship as a senior. As a junior, the Oilers were district and region champions and ranked second among Michigan’s Division II schools.
As a senior, Leasher posted a 10-3 record with a 0.75 ERA. He struck out 131 batters in 91 innings, and opponents managed just a .115 batting average against the 6-foot-3 southpaw. He was 8-1 with a 1.12 ERA as a junior and recorded 55 strikeouts.
A product of Albertville (Ala.) High School, Morris holds his school’s stolen base record with 34 as a junior in 2013. He was named Perfect Game Southeast All-America as a senior in 2014 and earned Perfect Game Underclassmen All-America honors as a junior in 2013.
“Braxton has the arm strength to play on the left side of the infield and the athleticism to play either spot in the middle,” McGuire said. “He is a good runner, and he increases our team speed and athleticism.”
Morris was chosen all-county as a sophomore, junior and senior. He batted .396 as a senior and was selected as his team’s Most Valuable Player.
“We have a very good class coming in this fall to blend with the core of last year’s team returning,” McGuire said. “We should be very good in 2015. I’m excited about our future.”