Former Wildcats Help Win Minor League Championships

Drew Biery

Sept. 22, 2010

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Three former Kansas State players – Jared Goedert, Drew Biery and A.J. Morris – helped their respective minor league teams win postseason championships over the past week.

Goedert, who played at K-State in 2005 and 2006, was a vital part of the Columbus Clippers’ march through the Triple A playoffs. The third baseman, who began the season at Double A Akron, helped the Clippers claim the Governor’s Cup as champions of the International League. A member of the Cleveland Indians minor-league system, Columbus defeated the Durham Bulls, three games to one, as Goedert went 9-for-18 with two doubles, two home runs and five RBI in the championship series.

The Clippers moved on to play in the Triple A National Championship Game against the Pacific Coast League Champion Tacoma Rainiers on Tuesday at Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City, Okla. The Clippers won the game, 12-6, as Goedert went 2-for-5 with two runs scored.

Biery won a postseason championship for the second straight season as he helped the San Jose Giants win the California League Championship. San Jose, the High A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants, defeated Rancho Cucamonga in the best-of-five series, three games to two.

A four-year letterwinner at K-State from 2006-2009, Biery was 4-for-13 with a double and a RBI in the series, including a 2-for-3 effort in the series-opener. The shortstop/third baseman also helped Salem-Keizer, the Class A Short Season affiliate of San Francisco, win the Northwest League Championship in 2009.

The 2009 Big 12 Pitcher of the Year, Morris pitched in two games of the Potomac Nationals’ three-games-to-one series win over the Winston-Salem Dash in the Carolina League Championship. The right-hander tossed 1.2 innings in game one, allowing two runs on four hits. He came back to help the High A affiliate of the Washington Nationals win game three as he tossed a hitless ninth inning with one strikeout.