Morris says slow start is typical

Hunter Morris insisted Tuesday morning that he wasn’t sweating his 0-for-9, two-strikeout start to Spring Training.

“I’ve always kind of started slow and it takes me some time to get my timing, and then one day it clicks and it’s there for good,” said Morris, a first baseman and one of the Brewers’ top prospects. “Heck, last year I started the regular season 0-for-14, and that turned out pretty good.”

He went on to bat .303 with 28 home runs and 113 RBIs in 136 games, winning the Southern League MVP Award and Brewers Minor League player of the year honors. Morris was rewarded with his first invitation to big league Spring Training camp and actually has a shot at the Opening Day roster in light of knee injuries suffered by first basemen Corey Hart and Mat Gamel.

Morris played all nine innings on Monday and was back in the starting lineup on Tuesday against the Mariners, serving as the designated hitter. Another of the candidates to fill-in while Hart rehabs from surgery, Alex Gonzalez, started at first base.

“It is always a struggle the first few days, first few at-bats, but I actually feel like I’m seeing the ball well,” Morris said. “The couple of strikeouts, I’ve chased fastballs up in the zone, and maybe that’s just being a little overaggressive late in the count. For the most part, I don’t feel like I’m missing balls by eight feet. I’ve had a couple of long at-bats, 10 pitches. I feel like I’m close.”

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