When Monte Harrison signed his contract with the Milwaukee Brewers, the three-sport star had fully committed to baseball and while he struggled a bit in Appleton to start the year, things clicked for him in the Pioneer League. Well, thing clicked until his season was cut short with a gruesome ankle injury. Though he still has a long road to recovery and he has slid down the team’s prospect ranks, Harrison is my pick for breakout star in 2016.
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One of the saddest parts of the very sad season in Milwaukee was seeing Harrison go down at the time he did. The 20-year-old outfielder who was the 50th overall pick in 2014, struggled to hit consistently at class A Wisconsin, but then dominated in his short time in his short time with the Helena Brewers. In 28 games, Harrison batted .299 with three home runs and an .884 OPS.
It looked to be only a matter of time before he was again promoted to the Timber Rattlers, but then came the injury. Just like that his season was cut short.
Of everyone in the system, there may not be a more toolsy player than Harrison. He has a strong arm, can cover ground in the outfield and work wonders at the plate. With so much God-given talent, I expect him to shine next season.
There are so many players and outfielders that are thriving and have tremendous potential in the Brewers’ system which makes it easy for Harrison to get lost in the shuffle, but when he returns he will show why he should not be forgotten going forward.