MARIETTA, Ga. – Huntsville Stars first baseman and Southern League All-Star Hunter Morris has been selected to compete in the 2012 Southern League Home Run Derby on Tuesday, June 19 in Kodak, Tenn.
The 23-year-old Morris is currently hitting .285 with seven home runs. In 2011, he set a single-season franchise record for home runs with 19 at High-A Brevard County. The former Auburn Tiger is rated by Baseball America as the Best Power Hitter in the Brewers organization.
The Huntsville native will join Joseph Dunigan (10 HRs) and Denny Almonte (9 HRs) of the Jackson Generals and Justin Bour (6 HRs) from the Tennessee Smokies to represent the North Division. For the South Division, Mobile’s Matt Davidson (14 HRs), Alfredo Marte (13 HRs) and Marc Krauss (9 HRs) and Montgomery’s Kyeong Kang (9 HRs) will represent the division.
The Home Run Derby will take place before the All-Star Game and consists of two rounds. In the first round, the eight hitters will get eight outs each to blast as many home runs as possible. Only two hitters will advance to the second round where they will only receive four outs.
Morris will start the All-Star game and hit in the number four spot. Stars’ second baseman Scooter Gennett will also be starting the game and will hit ninth.
Courtesy: Stars Media Relations