Milwaukee Brewers: Top 10 Prospects

2. Monte Harrison

Harrison jumps over Taylor here as the Brewers’ top outfield prospect. Although he only has one season under his belt, Harrison looked rather impressive. The 6’3’’ 200 lbs. right-handed hitter has a chance to be average or better across the board, with a near elite arm as his standout tool.

Offensively, Harrison can definitely run. He stole 32 bases in 50 Rookie Ball games (.64 SB/G). He also only got caught twice showing some nice efficiency, granted it was against AZL catchers. With the bat, Harrison showed strong on base skills in his debut, with a .402 OBP. A lot of that was due to his 13.8% walk rate. Harrison finished the year with an outstanding .372 wOBA, as well as a very solid 126 wRC+ mark. His power potential hasn’t really shown yet, as only 10 of his 47 hits went for extra bases, and he only reached an ISO of .078, but with his size and athleticism, more power should come as he fills out. The big knock on his early offensive return is going to be the K%. Harrison struck out 21.4% of the time. This is the first time in his young career that he has exclusively focused on baseball, as he was a three sport athlete in high school, so some of the strikeout issue could be due to being somewhat raw. I’d expect this to get ironed out as he progresses.

As noted above, Harrison’s strength defensively is his plus arm. Pre-draft readings had him hitting 97 MPH from the outfield at the Perfect Game National Showcase. He is very fast and athletic, giving him a shot to stick in centerfield, but if he has to move off the spot in the future, his arm would surely fit in right field wonderfully.

I would expect Harrison to start the year at Rookie level Helena. His progression is really going to depend on how quickly he adapts to just playing baseball and getting that “rawness” out of his system. If he can do that, he has the ability to move quite quickly through the system.

ETA: 2019

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