A modest and humble Hunter Morris said all of the right things Monday when asked about his chances of winning the Brewers' first base job now that Mat Gamel is lost for the season with another ACL tear in his right knee. "To me, I haven't done anything yet," said Morris. "We haven't played a game yet. I've only got a couple of at-bats in major-league camp over the last two years. So, I certainly haven't done anything to prove myself that I even deserve to be there. "I have to continue to work to prove that to myself and to the staff and the organization." Morris, 24, the Southern League player of the year in 2012 at Class AA Huntsville, was going to get a good look in this camp in any event. Now that Gamel -- who was supposed to temporarily replace injured Corey Hart -- is out for the season with a recurrence of an ACL tear in his right knee, the job is open in camp and the spotlight will be greater on Morris. From his end, Morris said he will approach each day as he would have without the news on Gamel. "I think I'm expected to go about my work the same as I would any other way," said Morris, who batted .303 with 40 doubles, 28 home runs, 113 RBI and a .920 OPS last season at Huntsville. "That's my mentality right now -- just continue to work the same way I prepared to come in and work. "It's a big jump (from Class AA ball). Us talking about it doesn't mean I'm going to go out and get the job. I've got to go out and earn it. I've got to do a lot of things extraordinary. Doing that also comes with not putting too much pressure on myself. I'll be playing baseball somewhere this year. I don't know where it's going to be.
Hunter Morris modest about chances to start at first base
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Feb 18