Morris Earns First Career Major League Call-Up

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Former K-State pitcher and consensus All-American A.J. Morris earned his first career big league call-up on Sunday as the Cincinnati Reds selected the minor league contract of the right-handed pitcher.

A native of Humble, Texas, Morris is in his first season with the Reds organization after signing a free agent deal this past offseason. The 29-year-old appeared in nine games (six starts) for the Louisville Bats, the Reds’ Triple-A affiliate, and posted a 0-1 record with a 2.70 ERA, 21 strikeouts and nine walks. In his last six outings, he had a 2.11 ERA.

Morris has pitched for four different organizations since being selected by the Washington Nationals in the fourth round of the 2009 MLB Draft. After two years in the Washington organization, he pitched in the Chicago Cubs’ (2012-13) and Pittsburgh Pirates’ (2014-15) farm systems. He has played at the Triple-A level in each of the last three seasons.

Morris capped his three-year K-State career in stellar fashion in 2009 as he was named a consensus first team All-American, Big 12 Pitcher of the Year, NCWBA District VI Player of the Year, ABCA All-Midwest Region, finalist for the Golden Spikes Award and College Baseball Foundation Pitcher of the Year, and semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy. In that season, he established program-records in wins (14), strikeouts (100) and innings pitched (116.1) while posting a 2.09 ERA in 16 starts.

Morris is third in K-State history with 22 career wins and 10th in career starts (33).

He will become the third former Wildcat to have pitched in the majors this season as he joins Carlos Torres (Milwaukee Brewers) and Evan Marshall (Arizona Diamondbacks).