The 3rd Man In

Who’s on first?

After a disappointing season, the Milwaukee Brewers will have many questions entering the offseason. First base was a revolving door for the Brewers, who used seven different players at that position, and finding someone to play there consistently, will be important.

Brewers’ management will have to decide if they want to bring back Corey Hart or promote slugging prospect, Hunter Morris. Corey Hart was suppose to be the team’s everyday first baseman this season, but he never stepped foot onto the field, due to two knees surgeries. In Hart’s nine seasons with the Brewers, he has been a solid contributor, averaging 17 home runs and 54 RBI’s with a .276 average in 105 games. Ever since he became an everyday player in 2007, he has averaged 139 games per season, and has been a two time All-Star.
The other option the Brewers have is prospect Hunter Morris. The slugging prospect had a good season this year, while he did not hit for a high average (.247), he did possess a lot of power. In 134 games, he hit 24 home runs and drove in 74 RBI’s. The one negative Morris presents is his strikeout to walk ratio. He struck out a 122 times compared to only 43 walks. While this is something he will have to improve on, he is only 25 years old and possess good upside.
This will not be an easy decision for Melvin and Co. to make, but they need to think about the future. Hunter Morris is the best option for the Brewers going forward. While he is not an established big leaguer like Hart, he possesses the potential of being a good Major League player. The Brewers will not be a competitive team next year, so why pay a veteran more money to be in the way of their future? It is time for the Brewers to move on from Hart and give the starting first base job to Hunter Morris.

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