Typically in every spring training, we hear about players reporting to camp in the best shape of their lives. As we head into Brewers Summer Camp, things are no different.
Brewers 1B Logan Morrison is in the best shape of his life!
As Morrison was about to push his way to a roster spot out of spring training back in March, the season was postponed and his future was once again up in the air. Morrison had said if he didn’t make the Opening Day roster, he would opt out and look to sign on with a big league team elsewhere.
With Ryan Braun, Justin Smoak, and Ryon Healy all in the mix at first base as well, Morrison faced an uphill battle. With the DH now coming to the NL this year, that opens up some more possibilities for playing time for Morrison.
After the season was postponed, Morrison got to work, and even though he was in good shape before, it now might be safe to say Morrison is in the best shape of his life as Brewers Summer Camp begins.
Here’s the caption from Morrison’s Instagram post:
"These are pretty close to perfect. I have come along way during the quarantine. Moving more efficient than ever. Most importantly I have learned so much. I am now, at 32 years old. Fully equipped to use exercise to increase range and relieve pain. Thank you to the guru Bill Hartmann and don’t forget the young Jedi Christian Wonders. Dude was grinding it out with me everyday chasing me up mountains and training me in the back yard. In case you forgot, tune in this season… I’ll remind you that #IAmAMFBeast #LetsRage"
Morrison says he’s moving more efficient than ever and he’s fully equipped to use exercise to increase range and relieve pain. To me, that sounds like the best shape of his life for Morrison.
He adds at the end that he’ll remind us that he is a “MF Beast”, and Brewers fans should be incredibly excited for that.
At his best, Morrison is a 30-40 HR threat from the left side of the plate. When playing for the Rays in 2017, Morrison hit 38 home runs in 149 games with a .246 average and .868 OPS. Injuries have made it difficult for Morrison to reach that level of play again over the past few years. He appeared fully healthy in the spring and he’s still healthy as baseball starts back up again.
Even if he makes the team out of camp, Morrison is not guaranteed regular at-bats. He’ll still be behind Smoak on the first base depth chart, and with the DH, pinch-hit opportunities aren’t going to be there. However, Morrison could still DH on occasion if Braun needs a rest and could earn some more chances to start there depending on his success.
Morrison has made in the initial player pool that will be at Miller Park, the Brewers have announced. With rosters expanding to 30 active players to start the season, his odds of making the team have greatly improved. What happens in ‘Summer Camp’ will determine if he makes it, but it appears Morrison is coming in the Best Shape Of His Life, so the odds are in his favor.
Brewers baseball is finally coming back, and soon we’ll have games to analyze. We’re just a few weeks away from the new Opening Day.