Milwaukee Brewers: AFL check in on Monte Harrison
Milwaukee Brewers prospect Monte Harrison made headlines recently for his performance in the Arizona Fall League.
Harrison made the Milwaukee Brewers proud by hitting two homeruns in a game, including a grand slam. That game totaled seven RBIs for the outfielder. In a crowded list of potential outfielders, huge days like that go a long way in making a name.
That was one of only five games thus far for Harrison. However, beyond that three hit affair things have not gone his way. In total, he has only five hits and eight RBIs in the AFL. One day makes up most of his stats, leaving him with a .250 batting average in total.
But, don’t be concerned. That speaks to inconsistent play time. His teammate Corey Ray doubles Harrison’s game total. With more consistency, Harrison could be hitting much better. But, on the flipside, Lucas Erceg is hitting extremely well through six games. So it is possible.
Currently, MLB Pipeline pits Harrison as the number 14 prospect in the Milwaukee Brewers organization. He sits as the fifth outfielder behind Lewis Brinson, Ray, Tristen Lutz, Trent Clark, and Brett Phillips. Tough company.
Harrison passed on the chance to play at Nebraska after being a second round selection out of high school. Early in his career, he was plagued with injuries that slowed his development. However, at 22 years old there is plenty of time.
But, seeing as he played as high as the Carolina Mudcats in 2017, there is still a long road ahead of him. The natural athleticism and raw tools are what got him to professional ball. It is the polishing of his abilities that took a huge hit due to injury.
As showcased in the AFL, Harrison has natural bat speed that creates a lot of power. But, it is his defense that grades out the highest. His arm grades out at a whopping 70. And, he can add speed to the mix, swiping a total of 27 bases across two levels in 2017.
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Harrison will certainly be a great player if he can figure it out. But it is a hard crowd to be in. If I were in GM David Stearns shoes, I wouldn’t be afraid of adding Harrison to a trade to get a player at some point. He will have value, that is not a question. But between all of the young talent in the outfield he will find himself lost in the mix going forward.