FAYETTEVILLE – Former Arkansas pitcher Trent Daniel
and outfielder Jacob Morris
have each signed professional contracts, as announced on Tuesday.
Daniel signed with the Colorado Rockies, while Morris inked a contract with the Chicago White Sox. Daniel was selected in the 17th round by the Rockies, while Morris was drafted in the 24th round by the White Sox. The two were part of a school-record 11 Razorbacks selected in the 2013 MLB Draft. The 11 selections were also the most for any school in the 2013 draft.
Hailing from Bryant, Ark., Daniel pitched in 22 games, 21 out of the bullpen, in 2013 and finished the year with a 0-1 record, one save and a 2.55 ERA. Daniel averaged a strikeout an inning, fanning 24 in 24.2 innings of work. Daniel only allowed one extra-base hit on the season.
Daniel finished his Razorback career with a 4-1 record, six saves and a 3.51 ERA in 69 appearances, including five starts. In 100 innings, Daniel struck out 97 batters and allowed 88 hits, holding the opposition to a .242 batting average. Daniel leaves the UA ranked eighth in school history in career appearances.
A native of Coppell, Texas, Morris saw time in 41 games, including 29 as a starter, in 2013 and had a .160 batting average with 14 RBI. Morris finished tied for the team lead with eight stolen bases and was only caught stealing once.
Morris played in 116 games, with 96 starts, in his collegiate career and had a .202 career batting average with three home runs and 42 RBI. Morris leaves the UA ranked tied for fifth in school history with 18 career sacrifice bunts. He also added 15 stolen bases and was caught stealing just three times.