The 2014 draft was a big one for the future of the Milwaukee Brewers organization. On day one the Brewers’ selected three high-ceiling prospects out of high school that all have potential to be future superstars. While Monte Harrison has played the least of his day one draft teammates, here is a look at why he ranks as the 12th best prospect in the Brewers’ organization.
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As a three sport athlete from high school, Harrison signed and fully committed to baseball although he had committed to Nebraska to play both football and baseball. His full commitment to baseball meant that he was only thought to get better as more at-bats came.
Ranked as the best all-around athlete in the 2014 draft by Keith Law, Harrison’s potential on the baseball field is limitless. Though he didn’t have the best full-season debut this past season, playing well under the average age in the Midwest League, things started clicking when he was in the Pioneer League before his season ending ankle injury.
During his time with the Helena Brewers, he batted .299 with an .844 OPS and nine extra base hits in 28 games. It was here the 20-year-old showed why he was so highly sought after.
With tool to not only hit for high average and power, but also speed on the bases (leading the Arizona Rookie League in Steal during 2014) and a rocket arm in the outfield that ranks as a 70 by MLB.com, Harrison could not only be a middle of the order run producer, but also a Gold Glove fielder in the the future. He has some much God-given talent that it is hard to imagine him not succeeding when he is able to return to the field.
This season he will probably begin the year in the Midwest League again. While it may take some time to work the rust off as after the broken ankle, much better results can be expected with parts of another season under his belt. Earlier in the offseason, I highlighted Harrison as my Brewers’ breakout prospect for 2016 and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him crack the top-10 in the prospect rankings by seasons end.