By Jason Arndt
Brewers Farm Report
Nashville’s Hunter Morris achieved his third consecutive season of 20 home runs with a solo home run against Las Vegas Thursday.
The 2012 Southern League Most Valuable Player is struggling in his first season of Triple A baseball. And is attempting to salvage a season where half his teammates have been summoned to Milwaukee to fill injury holes.
Morris snapped a homerless drought of 71 at bats until the fourth inning of the Sounds game and also tied for second in the Pacific Coast in home runs, just three shy of the league lead.
The 24-year-old still has time for redemption the remainder of the season and into 2014 where professional scouts projected him to make the arrival to Milwaukee.
The former fourth-rated prospect in the Brewers’ system dropped to seven in the MLB.com/Pipeline rankings is continuing to try and push forward on a trying season for Nashville.
Given the amount of times teammates have been recalled to Milwaukee, there has not been any consistency in the lineup.
The left-handed Morris had more potential to drive in runs with Double A Huntsville where fellow Southern League All-Star Scooter Gennett batted ahead of him in the lineup.
In addition to Gennett, Kentrail Davis had the ability to protect him in the lineup with Huntsville. Due to Khris Davis beginning the season with Milwaukee and continuous options and recalls, Morris has been unable to find a level of comfort.
In addition to his 20th home run Thursday, he went 2-for-3 with a two runs scored and a walk.
Scoreless Streak Continues
Nashville starters have combined for 24 consecutive innings without allowing a run and recorded its fifth shutout of the season Thursday courtesy of seven strong innings by lefty Chris Narveson.
Narveson struck out eight batters and allowed just three hits and one walk through seven before handing the ball of to three relievers to seal the Sounds fourth consecutive win.
The scoreless streak includes Johnny Hellweg’s near flawless performance and Wednesday’s tough No Decision by number one rated prospect Jimmy Nelson.
Nelson was in line for his third Nashville victory but a shaky bullpen allowed a run in the top of ninth before the Sounds’ offense hit a thrilling walk-off by Eugenio Velez.