Western Kentucky University Baseball 2018
Courtesy WKU Athletics
The Los Angeles Angels selected WKU Baseball righty Ben Morrison in the 10th round of the 2018 MLB Draft with the 301st overall pick on Tuesday evening. The Major League Baseball club chose the Bowling Green native at 5:18 p.m. CT, with only 13 picks remaining in the second day of the Draft.

Morrison is the…
55th player drafted in WKU program history.
13th-highest Hilltopper taken in program history.
13th WKU player drafted in the top 10 rounds.
19th WKU righty pitcher selected in the draft.
20th WKU player drafted in the past 10 years.

Both Hilltoppers previously selected by the Angels — infielder Chris Turner, seventh round in 1991; righty Ken Edenfield, 21st round in 1990 — made it to the Majors. Former WKU righty (and current WKU Softball assistant coach) Matt Wilhite signed with (formerly) Anaheim as a free agent following the 2003 MLB Draft and spent seven seasons in the organization from 2003-09.

The Hilltoppers most recent draft pick was third baseman Danny Hudzina, who was taken 316th overall in the 10th round of the 2016 MLB Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals. Morrison joins Hudzina, outfielder Anderson Miller (third round in 2015) and righty Andrew Edwards (19th round in 2013) as active WKU players in minor league baseball.

Morrison was the fourth player from Conference USA selected in the 2018 Draft, behind FAU infielder Tyler Frank (second round to the Tampa Bay Rays), Southern Miss righty Nick Sandlin (second round to the Cleveland Indians) and Rice infielder Ford Proctor (third round to the Tampa Bay Rays). To cap the 10th round, Charlotte lefty Josh Maciejewski was taken 307th overall by the New York Yankees, with Southern Miss infielder Luke Reynolds to follow as the 308th pick to the Chicago Cubs.

In his senior season, Morrison had a 1.29 ERA with 31 strikeouts across 28 innings in C-USA action, allowing only 20 hits for a .189 batting average against. His 2.21 ERA overall across 36.2 frames ranks second among Hilltoppers pitchers (with 35-plus innings) dating back to at least 2005. He also had a career-high seven saves, as he earned a spot on the 2018 All-C-USA Second Team as a reliever.

Morrison was a CoSIDA Academic All-District and Conference USA All-Academic Team selection in 2018. He graduated with a perfect 4.0 GPA studying Biology (Pre-Med) with triple minors in Biophysics, Chemistry and Entrepreneurship. He was also a member of the WKU Honors College and a part of the WKU FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) leadership team.

A redshirt senior in athletic standing, Morrison made WKU President’s List all 10 semesters on campus and earned C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Medal every season. Morrison has been accepted to the University of Kentucky for medical school, and has volunteered at the local Bowling Green Medical Center to prepare for a potential career in medicine.

Upon signing his deal with Los Angeles, Morrison will become the 107th Hilltopper player to sign a professional contract. MLB’s assigned value for the 301st overall pick is $139,100.

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Bryan Fyalkowski
Assistant Director of Media Relations
WKU Hilltopper Athletics


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