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Hunter Morris Drafted in 4th Round

The 2010 Southeastern Conference Player of the Year,  Hunter Morris led Auburn at the plate with a .386 batting average, 18 doubles, five triples, a single-season school-record 23 home runs and 76 RBI. He also scored 66 runs and had a .743 slugging percentage and a .455 on base percentage. In three years at Auburn, he hit .345 with 40 doubles, seven triples and 46 home runs, driving in 158 RBI. This season he became just the second player in SEC history to be named the SEC Freshman of the Year and the SEC Player of the Year. Milwaukee's selection of Morris marks the second time that he was drafted after the Boston Red Sox selected him out of high school.

"Every part of baseball is a funny thing. No, I am not surprised (at not being selected until the fourth round). I have been through the process before having gone out of high school. I had high hopes that it would have happened earlier, but I am in a good situation and the Brewers are a great organization. It's an exciting opportunity so I am looking forward to see what the future has in store," Morris said.

Hunter Morris (4TH ROUND / 129TH OVERALL / MILWAUKEE)
On going in the fourth round...
"Every part of baseball is a funny thing. No, I am not surprised. I have been through the process before having gone out of high school. I had high hopes that it would have happened earlier, but I am in a good situation and it's a great organization, the Brewers. It's an exciting opportunity so I am looking forward to see what the future has in store."

On the Brewers interest in him...
"They had a lot of interest out of high school and I had a lot of good conversations with them this year. I knew they were in the mix. There were a few teams that had some high interest, and they were definitely one of them, so it wasn't a surprise to me that they were the ones that stepped forward and took me there."

On possibly playing in his hometown of Huntsville in the minors...
"I would like to do everything I could to not spend much time in Huntsville and see Milwaukee as fast as possible, but I think I could bring a lot to that part of the organization. A lot of people in Huntsville have followed me and my career now. It will be exciting to get back and play in front of those fans hopefully in the next year or so."

On where he was when he got drafted...
"I was actually driving to my house. I was on the phone with my dad. We were sitting there with raised eyebrows saying `What's going on' and all of a sudden he said, `Congratulations.' I was like, `What are you talking about?' and he told me I had just gotten drafted and it was by the Brewers and we were obviously excited and very relieved for it to be over with. It's behind us now and now it's time to get out and play and continue my baseball career."

On possibly finishing his Auburn career...
"You look at the last three years and the trials and tribulations that this team and this group of guys has been put through, for us to finish the way we did, having such a great year has had a huge impact on my life. The way that such a tight-knit group that has been here through the struggles, for us to be able to put that kind of a season together is so exciting. With the way things ended up, obviously I wish we were still playing but the way this season shaped up was absolutely incredible."

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