The title says it all. Monte Harrison is the next Milwaukee Brewers superstar. Or at least he is shaping up to be.
Sitting at number 14 in the Milwaukee Brewers prospect rankings, Harrison is buried. Now, I know that being in the top 30 out of a whole farm system is a tough sell for a player to be buried. But this is a good farm system. especially for outfielders. At the position he sits behind four guys.
Brinson and Phillips will soon be off of the list as they graduate from prospect status. But as it stands right now, there are the other two, along with Keon Broxton, Ryan Braun, and Domingo Santana. So yes, Harrison is slightly buried.
Somehow, using only a wooden bat, he is clawing his way into outfield prospect relevancy for Milwaukee. The work that he is doing in the Arizona Fall League is simply astounding. Through his last four games, he has knocked three homers. That brings him to five total in 11 games. Not too shabby for a guy who’s speed grades out at 60 and power only at 50.
Needless to say, he will be getting a bump in the ranks very soon. The only question is how high?
One way to take a guess is to compare him to those ranked higher on the list. Namely Corey Ray at number two. Now, don’t get me wrong, I am a huge believer in Ray. But his number just are not there yet. In the AFL Harrison has 70 points more on his batting average and has driven four more balls out of the park in 10 less games.
The Achilles Heel here, as there always is one, are his strikeouts. In 11 total games Harrison has been sent packing 16 times. That compares to Ray’s 15 in 21 games. But hey not everyone is perfect right?
With the AFL being the top prospective talent all mashed up into one, it is tough competition. That being said it is a rather small sample size. Harrison did spend half the year with the Carolina Mudcats and hit .278. His teammate Ray posted a .238. Both of these players have high ceilings.
If this trend of excellent play continues, watch out for Monte Harrison. He could be a force in the Milwaukee Brewers future outfield. The flipside to that is that his performance is also raising his stock. With Winter Meetings on the horizon, he very well could be moved for MLB talent.
That would be a mistake, but it wouldn’t be surprising either. With the plethora of high ceiling outfielders in the system, the Milwaukee Brewers have a very unique luxury. It is something to take advantage of. After all, ceiling predictions are great, but it is the guys who prove to have high floors that are valuable.
Harrison is boasting a combination of speed and power at the age of 22 that is flat out impressive. His ETA is 2019, but that could change after the impressive swings in the AFL. He is doing his part on the field to appear at the top of the crowded talent pool.
I truly hope that the Milwaukee Brewers keep Harrison around. He will shine in Miller Park, and he will shine brightly. Lately, he looks to be the kind of talent that teams make room for. Whether that be the Crew or somewhere else, success appears all but imminent for Monte Harrison.