Baseball America Honors Morris

MANHATTAN, Kan. Having already been honored four times as a first-team All-American this season, Kansas State junior pitcher A.J. Morris received another distinction Friday when Baseball America selected him as one of four pitchers to its first-team All-America team.


Morris, who has earned first-team honors from Collegiate Baseball, the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA), PING!Baseball and, is the first Wildcat to be recognized by Baseball America since former major leaguer Craig Wilson was honored by the publication in 1992.


Morris was joined on the first team by starting pitchers Stephen Strasburg (San Diego State), Mike Leake (Arizona State) and Louis Coleman (LSU).  He was the only player from the Big 12 Conference on the first team.


Named the 2009 Big 12 Pitcher of the Year by the league’s coaches, Morris finished the season as Kansas State’s single-season record-holder for wins (14), strikeouts (100), innings pitched (116.1) and games started (16). His 14 wins tied for the third-most in Big 12 history, while his 2.09 ERA was the seventh-lowest in school history.


Morris, who was drafted by the Washington Nationals in the fourth round of the MLB Draft on Wednesday, 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.