Feb. 5, 2010
AUBURN, Ala. -
Hunter Morris was tabbed a preseason First Team All-America choice by Baseball America, the organization announced on Friday.
A junior, Morris heads into the 2010 season with a .318 career batting average having collected 22 doubles and 23 home runs, driving in 82 during his first two seasons at Auburn.
"This is a tremendous honor for Hunter as he has worked extremely hard to improve his overall game," Auburn Head Coach John Pawlowski said. "He will play a major part in helping the Tigers get back to postseason play. Hunter has made Auburn baseball proud with this preseason accolade."
Morris was a Baseball America Freshman All-American in 2008 when he hit .351 with 15 doubles, 11 home runs and 49 RBI en route to being named the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Year.
"It's a great honor to be named an All-American," Morris said. "It is preseason though and I have a lot to live up to. It is not an added pressure, just a standard that I set for myself. I am glad to be recognized, but now I have to go out and play to my capability. I hope that I can help lead Auburn to someplace we haven't been in a while."
Morris was one of 13 Southeastern Conference players on the three preseason teams and one of seven on the first team.
Morris is Auburn's first Baseball America preseason All-American since Mike Bianucci was a third team selection in 2008. The last player to be named an All-American at the end of a season was John Madden, who was named to the NCBWA Third Team. Auburn's last Baseball America All-Americans were First Team selections Todd Faulkner and Gabe Gross in 2000.
Baseball America annually polls major league scouting directors to vote on the team and make their selections based on performance, talent and professional potential. In the past, the preseason All-America team has been a predictor both of the first round of the draft and of team success. For example, 11 of the 15 college players drafted in the first round last June appeared on Baseball America's preseason All-America list - eight of them on the first team. And for the second year in a row, 11 of last year's preseason All-Americans played for teams that reached the College World Series.
Auburn opens the season on Friday, Feb. 19 at 3pm when it plays host to Southeast Missouri State
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