Morris Named No. 4 WCCBL Prospect

MANHATTAN, Kan. For the fourth-consecutive season, a member of the Kansas State baseball team was honored following collegiate summer league play as Baseball America ranked junior right-handed pitcher A.J. Morris the No. 4 prospect in the West Coast Collegiate Baseball League, the publication announced.

 

Morris, who ended his redshirt sophomore campaign with a 4-4 record and a 6.04 ERA, was stellar this summer for the Moses Lake Pirates despite his 1-3 record. In 53.1 innings pitched, Morris tallied a 3.21 ERA, which ranked 16th in the league but fourth among those who threw more than 50.0 innings. A 2008 WCCBL All-Star, the Humble, Texas, native recorded a league-best 57 strikeouts as opposed to just 21 walks, and held opponents to a .203 batting average, the fourth-lowest in the league.

 

Morris joins former Wildcats Justin Murray, Byron Wiley and Jared Goedert as those who have been honored by Baseball America following the last three summer seasons. Murray, who was drafted in the 2008 MLB Draft by Oakland, was rated as the No. 3 prospect in the Texas Collegiate League in 2007. Wiley, a 2008 draft pick by Cincinnati, was ranked as the No. 10 Northwoods League prospect following the summer of 2006, while Goedert, who was drafted in 2006 by Cleveland, earned First-Team Summer All-American honors.