|(3/4/15) Brewers first baseman Hunter Morris is trying to re-establish himself this spring after he was removed from the 40-man roster in the offseason. It wasn't long ago that Morris was considered the Brewers' top prospect.
“I don’t feel any pressure to make this team right away,” Morris said, per the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “I’m still confident in my ability and I firmly believe I’m going to play in the big leagues.
"My goal is go out and force the Brewers’ hand and not give them any choice but to have me in the big leagues.”
Morris was named the Brewers' minor-league player of the year in 2012 after he hit .303 with 28 home runs, 40 doubles and 113 RBI at Double-A. While he totaled 24 home runs the following year, he hit just .247. He ran into more offensive struggles in 2014, and he also missed time due to a wrist injury.
“It was frustrating, the way everything played out,” Morris said.
Now, the 26-year-old first baseman must prove to the Brewers he still has a future in the majors, and it starts this spring.
“He needs to have a good year this year, get back on that right track,” manager Ron Roenicke said. “He hasn’t performed well in spring trainings for us. That’s the hard part, that we don’t get to see him when he’s really good.
“All I get is what I see in the spring, and he hasn’t had good springs. It’s really hard for me to get a good read.”