Nationals Select Morris in MLB Draft

SECAUCUS, N.J. Kansas State’s A.J. Morris was selected by the Washington Nationals with the first pick of the fourth round (No. 112 overall) of the 2009 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft Wednesday morning.


Morris is the highest Wildcat to be drafted since pitcher Bob Lesslie was taken with the first overall selection of the 1972 draft. He also becomes the first ever Wildcat selected by the Washington Nationals.


Named a Louisville Slugger First Team All-American earlier this season, Morris finished the season as the school’s single-season record holder for wins (14), strikeouts (100), innings pitched (116.1) and games started (16). His 14 wins also tied for the third most in Big 12 history, while his 2.09 ERA was the seventh lowest in school history.


The 2009 Big 12 Pitcher of the Year, Morris is a finalist for the College Baseball Foundation’s National Pitcher of the Year Award, as well as the Golden Spikes Award, which honors the top amateur baseball player in the country. Morris, a native of Humble, Texas, is also a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy.


Morris becomes the 15th K-State player to be selected since head coach Brad Hill’s first season in 2004. Last season, the Wildcats tallied a record-high six players selected in the MLB Draft.


Rounds 4-30 of the 2009 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft are held Wednesday, while the draft will conclude on Thursday at 11:30 a.m. (ET) with rounds 31-50. Check for more K-State selections in the 2009 MLB Draft.