IU junior Christian Morris signs with Yankees

Indiana junior right-hander Christian Morris confirmed his intent to forgo his senior season with the Hoosiers and embark on a professional baseball with the New York Yankees via Twitter Tuesday afternoon.

“Thank you Hoosier Nation for the best 3 years of my life! I can’t express my appreciation enough. I’ll always bleed the candy stripes!” Morris tweeted.

He then added: “With that being said I’m beyond excited to start my new career as a member of the New York Yankees organization!”

Morris, who was selected by the Yankees in the 33rd round of the Major League Baseball Draft in June, was 4-1 with a 5.55 earned run average in 16 appearances, including 12 starts, for IU during the 2015 season.

The Williston, Fla., native had his best year with the Hoosiers as a sophomore in 2014, going 6-3 with a 2.04 ERA in 16 appearances and 14 starts to earn first team All-Big Ten honors. His ERA of 1.34 in league contests was tied for the best in the conference and fifth-best in IU history for pitchers with a minimum of 20 innings pitched in Big Ten play.

Morris is the second Indiana underclassman to opt for the pros, joining teammate Scott Effross, who announced he had signed with the Chicago Cubs 11 days ago after being selected in the 15th round of the draft.

Indiana junior college signee Travis Herrin has also opted to go pro, joining the Los Angeles Angels organization last month.

Morris’ decision leaves redshirt sophomore pitcher Jake Kelzer and junior college signee Alex Krupa as the only question marks remaining for the Hoosiers’ 2015-16 roster.

Kelzer was a 14th-round draft pick of the Cubs, while Krupa went in the 35th round to the Cincinnati Reds. The deadline for MLB draft picks to sign is July 17.