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Jeffrey Hunter Morris

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Hunter Morris was drafted in 2007 and 2010.

Morris was 6A All-State as a freshman and again as a sophomore, when he hit .496 with 55 RBI. He batted .484 with 16 steals in 16 tries as a junior and was 7A All-State. He was 6A All-State as a senior, batting .476 with 13 homers and 67 runs. He was 0 for 7 with a run for the USA when they took home Silver in the 2006 World Junior Championship. He hit .470 with 46 homers and 198 RBI overall in high school. As a senior, he was named third-team All-American by Baseball America. The Boston Red Sox took him in the second round of the 2007 amateur draft, but he was the only one of their first 13 picks who did not sin, going on to college.

Morris batted .351/.433/.597 as a college freshman. He was named Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Year. Baseball America named him the Freshman All-American 1B. He played for Team USA that summer. He was 1 for 12 with two walks for the USA in the 2008 Haarlem Baseball Week and did not play in their win over Cuba in the finals. In the 2008 World University Championship, the Auburn infielder ended a 3-2 win over Taiwan with a homer off Ko-Chien Lin in the 11th inning. In the Gold Medal game, he again was the hero. With two on and two out in the 12th inning, he pinch hit for Mike Leake against Masahiro Inui and hit a broken-bat single to drive in Micah Gibbs with the only run of the contest. Overall, he tied for 4th in the event in average (.400), led in slugging (1.300), led in OBP (.600), tied for 9th in runs (6) and led in home runs (3). The MVP went to teammate Blake Smith instead.

As a sophomore, he slumped to .282/.379/.503 while battling back problems.

In 2010, Hunter rebounded to bat .386/.455/.743 with 23 homers, 66 runs and 76 RBI in 64 games. He set school records for homers and RBI. He was named SEC Player of the Year. He was named second-team All-American by Collegiate Baseball, behind Paul Hoilman at 1B, but both Baseball America and the American Baseball Coaches Association named him first-team. Scouted by Joe Mason, the Milwaukee Brewers chose Morris in the 4th round of the 2010 amateur draft. He made his pro debut with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, going 0 for 3 with a RBI on June 17.

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