Dec. 5, 2008
AUBURN, Ala. -
Auburn sophomore infielder Hunter Morris has been named to the 2009 Brooks Wallace Player of the Year Award Pre-Season "Wallace Watch" list, it was announced by the College Baseball Foundation. The Wallace Award is presented annually to the nation's top collegiate baseball player in conjunction with the College Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
Morris, from Huntsville, led Auburn last year with a .351 batting average, slugging 11 home runs and driving in 49 RBI, both of which ranked in the top three on the team. Tabbed the SEC Freshman of the Year and a Freshman All-American by Baseball America, the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and Collegiate Baseball, he was also a key member of the 2008 USA Baseball National Team that went a perfect 24-0 and captured the FISU World Championship.
Morris' inclusion on the Pre-season Watch List marks the third straight season that Auburn has had at least one player placed on the initial list, joining former Tigers Mike Bianucci (2007, 2008) and Luke Greinke (2008).
"We look forward to another great year of college baseball. The College Baseball Foundation continues to expand in many areas and we are excited to acknowledge and award achievements and outstanding character on and off the diamond," said Raymond Richardson, chairman of the Brooks Wallace National Player of the Year Award.