In December, the staff of Reviewing the Brew will be looking at the Top 10 Milwaukee Brewers’ prospects as ranked by Baseball America. When the Brewers look toward the future, they’ll do so with these top 10 players in mind.
As of writing this post the Brewers don’t have a first baseman. Coincidentally, their prospect ranked number 10 by Baseball America is Hunter Morris and plays first base.
Morris was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in 2007, but instead of signing with the Sox went to Auburn University where he went on to become the 2010 SEC Player of the Year. Per his Twitter account (@HunterMorris15), he continues his SEC allegiance and is a die-hard Tigers fan. Morris was drafted by the Brewers in 2010 (fourth round).
The year 2012 was a break out year for Morris, hitting .303 with 28 home runs in the Southern League. He was voted Most Valuable Player and also won the Robin Yount Performance Award as the Brewers Minor League Player of the Year. In 2013 Morris was promoted to AAA where his average dropped to .247, but still hit 24 home runs. Despite finishing 2013 stronger than he started, Morris never got the call up last September. At age 25 there is still time for Morris to grow, the question is whether the Brewers are in a position to wait.
Has the answer to first base been inside the organization all along? At some point, Hunter Morris will be given a chance to prove he is the first baseman for the job.