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.