Morris Earns NCBWA All-American Honors

MANHATTAN, Kan. Right-handed pitcher A.J. Morris earned his second all-American distinction of the year on Wednesday, as the Kansas State junior was named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) first team.


Morris was also named the NCBWA District VI Player of the Year after leading the Wildcats to the school’s first NCAA appearance.


The all-American citation came on the same day that Morris was selected in the fourth round of the 2009 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft by the Washington Nationals.


The Humble, Texas, native, who also earned first team all-America status from Collegiate Baseball, is the first Wildcat in school history to earn first team all-American honors from two different organizations.


Morris, the 2009 Big 12 Pitcher of the Year, finished his junior campaign with a 14-1 record and a 2.09 ERA. Morris set the Kansas State single-season record for wins, strikeouts (100), innings pitched (116.1) and games started (16). The junior’s 14 victories this season tied him for third in Big 12 history in single-season wins.


Morris joined Stephen Strasburg (San Diego State), Mike Leake (Arizona State), Deck McGuire (Georgia Tech) and Eric Arnett (Indiana) as the first-team pitchers, while Morris and J.T. Wise (Oklahoma) were the only two Big 12 players on the first team.