Morris, who recorded the best season by any pitcher in K-State history, will be assigned to the Gulf Coast League (GCL) Nationals to begin his professional career before being promoted to the Hagerstown Suns, a Class A minor-league affiliate of the Nationals.
Named the 2009 Big 12 Pitcher of the Year by the league's coaches, Morris finished his junior 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.
For his efforts, Morris earned first-team all-American honors from Collegiate Baseball, the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA), PING!Baseball, Rivals.com, Baseball America and the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA). He is also a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award, which will be announced at the MLB All-Star Game in St. Louis, Mo., on July 14.