What else does Hunter Morris (left) have to prove?. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Why haven't the Brewers called up Hunter Morris?

If there was ever a time for Hunter Morris to make his major league debut, now would be it for the 25-year-old. With Aramis Ramirez out and Mark Reynolds now at third base, there needs to be more depth at first and Morris has been producing this year.

So why is there still a hesitation with him?

At the beginning of the season, I was still a bit confused why Morris wasn’t on the 25-man roster, and now, I’m even more puzzled. First base still remains as one of the Brewers’ weak spots on the field and now with Reynolds covering third, it’s really hurting for options. So, what’s up with not giving Morris a shot?

This season in Triple-A Nashville, Morris is hitting a steady .288/.329/.464 with five homers and 21 RBIs, so obviously production is in his wheel house. Morris did hit a bit of a rough skid last season when he first entered Triple-A hitting a low .247, but still belted 24 home runs and drove in 73 runners. It’s no secret Morris has power, so why do the Brewers continue to skip over him?

Currently, the Brewers have five outfielders on the roster, one which I honestly don’t think even belongs on the team, but that’s another issue for another time. The point is, they don’t need five outfielders and it only really makes sense to have that many if it’s September when the rosters expand. The Brewers need as much depth at first base as they can get and Morris can provide just that.

I really don’t know what else he has to do to get a call up to Milwaukee. Hopefully we’ll see Morris make his major league debut at some point in the season, but if it’s not now, when will it be? September? That would be incredibly foolish to make him wait that long, especially if he has a monster year in Triple-A.

The point is, give him his chance to shine. If he doesn’t amount to much in his time up here, then so be it, send him back down. However, if Morris can pull his weight and become a solid first baseman for the team, then there’s something to obviously work with.

Right now, the Brewers are stretched thin at the corner positions with Ramirez out. There’s a platoon of Reynolds and Jeff Bianchi at third and a platoon of Reynolds and Lyle Overbay at first, but that can be avoided if Morris is called up. All it takes is one simple talk and a boost of confidence to bring him up to the big leagues.

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  • Douglas Bath

    because they’d probably decide to cut Overbay if they promote Morris and they are not ready to do that yet. they are probably thinking about it. Overbay isn’t helping them and he’s had almost 100 plate appearances. So the sample size is getting big enough to decide he just doesn’t have it anymore. and it’s not like he plays gold glove D. I’m sure they want Morris to succeed when he does come up. At 25 it’s not like Morris is a super prospect. So he’ll be a little overmatched at the major league level. If in 2015 he hits .250 with .320 OBP and .420 slugging I think it would be a success. He’ll never hit .300 with 25 homers in the bigs. He’s just not that good.