A.J. Morris

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Anthony Joseph Morris

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Biographical Information[edit]

A.J. Morris was an All-American in 2009.

Morris was 11-2 with a 2.45 ERA and 111 K in 80 innings as a senior, winning Louisville Slugger High School All-American honors. He was redshirted in 2006 as a college freshman. In 2007, he was 4-2 with a 3.78 ERA for Kansas State. The next season, A.J. fell to 4-4, 6.04.

Morris made major strides as a redshirt junior in 2009. He was 14-1 with a 2.09 ERA and .222 opponent average. He joined Stephen Strasburg, Mike Leake and Louis Coleman as consensus All-American pitchers. He was 6th in NCAA Division I in ERA and tied Coleman for second in wins behind Leake. He had led the Big 12 Conference in wins and finished second to Taylor Jungmann in ERA. Morris was named Big 12 Pitcher of the Year and joined Kyle Gibson and Chance Ruffin as the All-Conference starters. The Washington Nationals took him in the fourth round of the 2009 amateur draft. He was signed by scout Kerrick Jackson and made his pro debut that summer.

The Texas native split his first pro season between the GCL Nationals (5 shutout innings) and Hagerstown Suns (0-4, 3.82). He then started 2010 1-2 with a 3.60 ERA.

On January 17, 2011, the Nationals traded Morris along with fellow P Graham Hicks and OF Michael Burgess to the Chicago Cubs in return for P Tom Gorzelanny.

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