Will Milwaukee Brewers Give Hunter Morris a Chance in 2014?
It is quite possible the Milwaukee Brewers screwed up with first baseman Hunter Morris in 2013. Anyone who paid attention to the Brewers the past season saw that Milwaukee had a sad excuse for a first baseman. In fact, they had multiple sad excuses that played the position. There is no question in my mind that the Brewers owe Morris a legitimate shot in Spring Training in 2014.
Milwaukee fielded five different players at first base this year. Somehow, not one of them was Morris, who is a highly talked about slugger with tremendous power and a great contact rate.
It certainly was great to see Yuniesky Betancourt hit 13 home runs and 46 RBI in 391 at-bats this season. It is safe to say that his power numbers were way more than the organization expected. Unfortunately, his .212 batting average was not exactly ideal. The Brewers had several experiments at first base with none of them working out. For that reason, it would have been wise for Milwaukee to give Morris his first shot in the big leagues.
The 25-year-old recorded a .247 batting average, 24 home runs, 73 RBI, 26 doubles and three triples in 546 plate appearances in Triple-A. Obviously, his batting average is one of the reasons that held him back from being a September call-up. With that being said, the Brewers really did not have much to lose at first base. If anything, a point should have been made to see what he could do.
Milwaukee looks to be zeroing in on a new deal with Corey Hart, which is certainly great news for the organization. However, the Brewers could definitely use some depth at the position, which is where Morris could play a role next season.
I am confident that fans will get to see an up-close look at Morris for the first time in 2014.