Just weeks after graduating from Middlebury, right-handed pitcher Colby Morris '19 will continue his baseball career in the professional ranks. He recently signed a contract with the Trois-Rivières Aigles in Quebec of the Canadian-American League, an independent professional baseball league.
The Can-Am League is one of the historic names in minor league baseball. The first Can-Am League was formed in 1936 with cities in upper New York State and Ontario and existed until 1951. The Can-Am was reformed in 2005 with many of the teams from the Northeast League that had started and is now one of the most respected of the independent circuits with six teams in the US and Canada. The rosters are comprised of both former Major League Baseball players as well as rookies.
Morris was a First-Team All-NESCAC selection in 2018 and was named the NESCAC Pitcher of the Year as well as a d3baseball.com All-New England Region third-team honoree that same season. He had a solid spring once again as a senior, earning a 5-3 mark with a 3.25 ERA, setting a single-season Middlebury record with 72 innings pitched to pick up Second-Team All-NESCAC honors in 2019. Morris' 56 strikeouts last spring were the third-most punchouts in school history. Morris ends his career as a Panther as the school's all-time leaders in wins (18), games started (39), innings pitched (256) and appearances (49). He ranked second in strikeouts with 174 and was tied for fourth with 14 complete games.
During the summer of 2018, Morris played for the Green Bay Bullfrogs in the Northwoods League (South Division), sporting a 2.57 earned run average and 21 strikeouts in 28 innings. Later that summer, he pitched for the Chatham Anglers of the Cape Cod League.