Logan Morrison has created quite the dilemma for the Brewers’ front office. His hot spring training start has thrown a monkey wrench into the plan of platooning Ryan Braun and Justin Smoak at first base. Many fans believed this platoon was the most likely option to replace Eric Thames who left via free agency. However, Morrison looks for a return to normalcy after several down seasons.
Morrison is currently hitting .292 with three home runs and seven RBIs in 24 at-bats. The 32-year-old lefty has outpaced Smoak at the plate, who is still looking for his first home run. At this rate, Morrison may be earning his way back into the big leagues with his sixth team since 2010.
Morrison signed a minor league contract with the Brewers in January with a non-roster invite to spring training. He spent the 2019 season with Philadelphia, playing in only 29 games. In 35 at-bats with the Phillies, Morrison hit a poor .200, and tallied only two home runs and three RBIs. Despite the poor play, the Brewers saw something in Morrison, and offered him a contract.
Morrison’s best statistical year came with Tampa Bay in 2017. Playing primarily at the pitcher-friendly Tropicana Field, Morrison hit .246 with 38 home runs and 85 RBIs. Should he make the Brewer’s opening day roster, Morrison would certainly benefit from hitting at the bandbox for lefties, that is Miller Park.
Morrison in the Field
In the field, Morrison has played the corner outfield positions early in his career. Morrison prefers to play first base but his defense leaves much to be desired. This is where Smoak may have a distinct advantage, with an average-at-best glove. The lefty Smoak is scouted as more patient at the plate with above-average power, but a lower batting average.
Morrison has publicly stated if he does not break camp with the Brewers, he has no intention of playing “in the same league as Tim Tebow again.” If Morrison continues his success at the plate and can show serviceable defense, he will force the Brewer’s front office to rethink their plans for first base. Morrison looks for a return to normalcy, and the Brewers hope for this as well.
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