Former Morgan Academy pitcher Jeremy Lee drafted by Minnesota Twins

Published 4:50 pm Tuesday, July 11, 2023

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Former Morgan Academy pitcher Jeremy Lee is headed to the Major Leagues. On Tuesday afternoon, Lee was drafted in the 13th round by the Minnesota Twins.
Lee, the son of Joey Lee and Lisa Easterling, is the only player named The Selma Times-Journal football player of the year (2018) and baseball player of the year (2020) in a career.
Former Senators head football coach, Josh Thacker, said he’s happy for the 2020 Morgan Academy graduate.
“I’m very proud of Jeremy and all of his hard work,” Thacker said. “As a coach, you can’t ask for much more in a young man. Humble, easy to coach and easy to love. The sky is the limit for him and we can’t wait to see what the future holds for him. God blessed him with immense talent but in today’s world, talent only gets you so far. What separates Jeremy is his character.
“It could be 4th and 1 or his team needing a big pitch in the 7th, he never waivers. He’s truly every coach’s dream athlete. We’re so so excited for him.”
In 2019, Lee joined the Senators baseball squad and then-Head Coach Stephen Clements.
“He worked as hard as any player I ever had,” Clements said. “He was by far the best pitcher that I ever coached. He hit the mound and he was a bulldog. He filled the strike zone up. His breaking ball was above average. His fastball was 91-92 in high school now he is up to 94-95 mph in college. He is one of the biggest competitors that I ever coached.”
In 2020, Lee was getting looked at by colleges and South Alabama was where Lee ended up.
“I’ll never forget Coach Philips looks at four pitches from J-Lee in the bullpen and he looks at me and says I’ve seen enough I’ll take him kinda under his breath. That’s how quickly Philips knew what he had in Jeremy Lee.”
In Lee’s freshman year, he was the fourth freshman All-American in South Alabama School History.
Clements said that Lee was like having another son and is nothing but proud of him making it to the MLB.
“Jeremy was just like having another son on the field,” Clements said. “I can’t sing enough praises for what kind of young man he is and how hard he works. His dad and mom are just wonderful wonderful people who have just poured into this young man. Words can not describe how proud I am and how happy I am for Jeremy Lee.”

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