Morris Named to Pitcher of the Year List

MANHATTAN, Kan. Kansas State junior right-hander A.J. Morris was one of 50 pitchers to be named to the National Pitcher of the Year watch list, the College Baseball Foundation and Mizuno announced on Tuesday.

 

Morris, who broke the single-season school record for wins last weekend at Texas, was joined on the list by seven other pitchers from the Big 12 Conference.

 

The Pitcher of the Year will be honored during the College Baseball Awards Show on July 2 in Lubbock, Texas.

 

“We are excited to have this new award as part of our presentation in July,” said Raymond Richardson, College Baseball Awards Show chair and CBF board member. “To have the chance to specifically recognize the greatest pitching talent in college baseball is an opportunity we couldn’t pass up.”

 

Morris has been one of the best pitchers in the nation in 2009, holding a 10-0 record and a 1.27 ERA, which leads the nation in both categories.

 

The Humble, Texas, product has allowed just 11 earned runs on 55 hits in 77.2 innings pitched, while he has struck out 74 as opposed to just 20 walks.

 

Morris leads the Big 12 in wins, ERA and innings pitched, while he is sixth in strikeouts.

 

The College Baseball Awards Show will recognize the top players in college baseball as part of the CBF’s annual celebration, which also includes the National College Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.

 

 

2009 COLLEGE BASEBALL FOUNDATION PITCHER OF THE YEAR WATCH LIST

 

Player                                      School                                     Conference

Austin Hyatt                              Alabama                                   SEC

Josh Spence                             Arizona State                            Pac-10

Mike Leake                               Arizona State                            Pac-10

Mitchell Lambson                      Arizona State                            Pac-10

Logan Verrett                            Baylor                                      Big 12

Eric Massingham                      Cal Poly                                    Big West

Chris Heston                             East Carolina                             Conference USA

Mike Recchia                            Eastern Illinois                           OVC

Sean Gilmartin                          Florida State                              ACC

Dean Weaver                            Georgia                                     SEC

Trevor Holder                             Georgia                                     SEC

Deck McGuire                           Georgia Tech                             ACC

Eric Arnett                                Indiana                                      Big 10

A.J. Morris                            kansas State                       Big 12

Eric Harrington                           Lamar                                       Southland

Adam Wilk                                Long Beach State                      Big West

Louis Coleman                           LSU                                          SEC

Anthony Ranaudo                      LSU                                          SEC

Justin Marks                              Louisville                                   Big East

Kyle Bellamy                             Miami                                       ACC

Jason Santana                           Miami                                       ACC

Chris Fetter                               Michigan                                   Big 10

Nick Routt                                 Mississippi State                       SEC

Kyle Gibson                              Missouri                                    Big 12

Buddy Baumann                        Missouri State                           MVC

Daniel Calhoun                          Murray State                             OVC

Daniel Simon                             New Mexico State                      WAC

Alex White                                North Carolina                            ACC

Jake Hale                                  Ohio State                                 Big 10

Alex Wimmers                           Ohio State                                 Big 10

Cole Cook                                 Pepperdine                                WCC

Mike Ojala                                 Rice                                          Conference USA

Ryan Berry                                Rice                                          Conference USA

A.J. Griffin                                 San Diego                                 WCC

Addison Reed                            San Diego State                        Mountain West

Stephen Strasburg                     San Diego State                        Mountain West

David Berner                              San Jose State                          WAC

Max Peterson                            San Jose State                          WAC

Austin Dicharry                          Texas                                       Big 12

Chance Ruffin                            Texas                                       Big 12

Austin Wood                             Texas                                       Big 12

Brooks Raley                             Texas A&M                               Big 12

Chad Bettis                               Texas Tech                               Big 12

Daniel Bibona                            UC Irvine                                   Big West

Eric Pettis                                 UC Irvine                                   Big West

Joe Gardner                               UC Santa Barbara                      Big West

Andrew Carraway                       Virginia                                     ACC

Danny Hultzen                           Virginia                                     ACC

Jeremy Johnson                        Washington State                      Pac-10

Jarryd Summers                        West Virginia                             Big East