The 25-year-old Morris has enjoyed a solid season at Triple-A Nashville with a stat line of .274/.316/.444.
Morris went 2 for 16 in nine games this spring, while Rogers went 4 of 18 with three walks in nine games. Nelson surrendered two earned runs in three innings while striking out four in two appearances. Pena allowed two unearned runs in three hitless innings while striking out two and walking five.
"Obviously, everybody isn't going to make our team among the first basemen," Roenicke said. "With Overbay and Reynolds, we know from their history what we're getting from them. We know that Juan Francisco has power and is going to hit a lot of home runs if he's the guy. The other guys, they are younger. Hunter Morris struggled a little bit in Triple-A last year but figured it out in the second half, which I really liked. So, we'll see.
"If one of the younger guys steps up, then things change. But going into spring training we do feel we have a veteran presence there. Defense also matters to me a lot there. If we think we're better off defensively with the two veterans, that gives them an edge."
With spring training getting closer and the free-agent market at first base drying up, the
"We did get 21 homers and knocked in 86 runs from that position (in 2013)," said general manager Doug Melvin, who added the .629 OPS of his first basemen was historically low. "But the defense has to improve and you'd like to see a better on-base percentage (than .259).
"We've gone through the list. There just aren't available guys. Texas, at this point, is not willing to talk about (Mitch) Moreland. Seattle is not interested in moving their guys. So, there aren't a lot of choices.
"The Packers went 20 years between Bart Starr and finding Brett Favre. Hopefully, we don't go 20 years trying to find a replacement for Prince Fielder (who left after the 2011 season as a free agent). It might be a situation where we mix and match, or trial and error."
Morris hit .247/.310/.457 with 24 home runs and 73 RBI in 497 at-bats with Triple-A Nashville last season. Rogers hit .270/.346/.468 with 22 home runs and 87 RBI in 481 at-bats with Double-A Huntsville.
Hall went 4-7 with a 3.40 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 79:41 K:BB ratio in 119 innings between high Class A Brevard County and Double-A Huntsville. Shackelford went 2-4 with a 3.08 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 48:11 K:BB ratio in 61 1/3 innings between high Class A Brevard County and Double-A Huntsville.
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