Josh Simpson was a first baseman-third baseman since age 5 before arriving at Maranatha Christian after Horizon closed down in 2017.
The first thing Steve Whitley did was fill a vacancy at catcher by moving Simpson behind the plate.
It turned out to be the best thing for the 6-foot-3, 220 pound Simpson.
"It took me a year to get cmfortable back there" Simpson said. "The hardest thing to get used to are pitches in the dirt. Fastballs in the dirt are the worst.
Batters swings never bothered me. I'm not much of a flincher. A lot goes on behind the plate and I've slowly adjusted to controlling the whole game."
Simpson's game has taken off as a catcher.
The left-handed hitter was off to his best start as an eagle hitting .565 with a home run and 13 RBIs before schools in California were closed last Friday because of the coronavirus outbreak.
Eight of Simpsons 13 hits were for extra bases.
"The ball was just dropping right now" Simpson said. "I have tried not to think about a slump in my final season. You have to have a short memory in this sport."
As a pitcher he is 1-1 in 12 innings of work, walking one and striking out nine while limiting opposing batters to a .128 average.
Plus he had not been hit by a pitch in seven games, which is down from eight as a junior and an amazing 16 in 2018.
Last season, Simpson hit .385 with three homers and 27 RBIs.
In his three-plus seasons, Simpson has always walked more times than he struck out.
"He's got a pro body," Steve Whitley said. "He passes the eye test. And he squares up a baseball as nicely as anyone. I've had 24 players get college scholarships the last 10 years and I will be absolutley stunned if he's not drafted out of college one day."
An all-league tight end in football for Maranatha, Simpson has adapted so well to catching he does not mind catching travel ball games on hot summer days. He doesn't even mind catching both ends of a doubleheader.
"I'm weird about that," Simpson said. "The hotter the better. I feel warmed up immediatley and I'm quicker. When it's cold, I feel all frozen up, slugglish."
But colleges have not shown much interest in Simpson yet. He attributes not playing on a high-level travel team last summer as a major reason why he's still trying to generate some interest.
"I don't know what else I can do, "Simpson said. "I definitley want to play in college. I don't carewhere it is or what level it's at. I just want to keep playing baseball."
Being a tight end and a middle linebacker in football and a catcher in in baseball has earned Simpson a nickname from his teammates.
"In games, I'm always bleeding, " Simpon said. "Seeing blood, my blood or someone else's doesn't bother me at all. I'm the bleeder on the team."
So, his teammates simply call him The Bleeder.
Simpson's older brother Matthew is a 6-foot, 150-pound sophomore infielder at Pasadena Christian College. Being a bit taller than his brother is nothing new to Josh.
"I'm shocked at how much bigger I am than Matt," he said. "I'm taller than him, my parents and my grnadparents. I'm the tallest person in my family. There is no one over 6foot in this family except me."
When Simpson arrived at Maranatha, he was leaving Horizon, his home until freshman year when the school closed. Simpson moved over to 4S Ranch.
"I was very nervous coming from horizon to a new school," Simpson said. "I grew up there. That was my hoe and I went to a school where no one knew me. It was so hard getting to know all new people, just trying to fit in with them. Now I know I'll miss the people at Maranatha, I'm a little excited about college."
Now if he could just find a good college with a baseball team that needs a catcher.