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With the array of first basemen already in the way, it seems as if the Milwaukee Brewers’ confidence in prospect Hunter Morris is dwindling. Why that is I have no idea, but it’s kind of a shame that this has become the apparent truth.
If Morris makes his debut this season, can he regain that seemingly lost faith from the organization?
The signings of veterans Mark Reynolds and Lyle Overbay are questionable at best for the Brewers considering they did have some depth at first base already. Though he wasn’t overly impressive, Juan Francisco was the Brewers’ option for first with Sean Halton behind him, so I don’t exactly see how two aging veterans are much better. Plus it would have given Morris the opportunity as the eventual back-up to Francisco as Halton wasn’t exactly going to be an everyday first baseman.
However, these signings question the Brewers’ faith in Morris and honestly it’s somewhat saddening. It’s true Morris hit a low .247 last year in Triple-A Nashville, but he had 24 homers and an ISO (isolated, basically raw, power) of .209 which is pretty incredible. Morris may not be a guy that hits for a high average, but he certainly packs a punch with his bat. For his first season in Triple-A, those aren’t too bad of numbers and I believe we’ll definitely see Morris make his debut this season, well hopefully.
General manager Doug Melvin said before he wishes the team would have had Morris up in Milwaukee during September, but for whatever reason, he was excluded from the call-ups. That, alongside the signings of Overbay and Reynolds, tell me that this organization feels reluctant to bring Morris to the show. Why? Your guess is as good as mine because at 25-years-old, Morris is full and ready to make his debut sometime in 2014.
I have faith in Morris and I genuinely believe he’ll do well with time. Morris, along with Jean Segura and Scooter Gennett, will help Milwaukee have a young, but solid infield. The Brewers just need to give Morris that chance to shine instead of shying away from the option.