Monte Harrison is returning to where it all started.
Initially drafted in the second round of the 2014 MLB draft by the Milwaukee Brewers, Harrison showed a lot of promise as an outfield prospect with a knack for getting on base.
While assigned to the Arizona League Brewers at age 18, Harrison put up an OBP of .402 in 224 plate appearances.
His most impressive season at the minor league level was in 2017 while playing for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, where he slashed .272/.350/.481 with 21 home runs and 67 RBIs.
During the 2018 offseason, Harrison was traded to the Miami Marlins alongside Jordan Yamamoto, Isan Diaz, and Lewis Brinson for Christian Yelich.
A trade that, by today’s standards, is unanimously viewed as a win for the Brewers. MLB Pipeline ranked Monte Harrison as the Marlins’ #2 overall prospect in 2018. He would perform well in Double-A, stealing 28 bases while slashing .240/.316/.399 with 19 home runs and 48 RBIs.
Harrison was added to the Marlins’ 40-Man roster in 2019 but wouldn’t play at the major league level until the pandemic-shortened 2020 season. He played 32 games with 51 plate appearances, slashing .170/.235/.255 with one home run and 3 RBIs.
Harrison played only nine games the following season with 11 plate appearances, slashing .200/.200/.300 with two hits and a double.
The Marlins designated Harrison for assignment early in the 2022 season, and the organization released him. He would sign a minor league deal with the Los Angeles Angels, where he played nine games with 14 plate appearances, slashing .182/.357/.455 with one home run and three RBIs. The Angels designated Harrison for assignment before the All-Star break and he elected free agency in October 2022.
On January 30, 2023, it was announced that the outfielder signed a minor league contract with the team that drafted him nearly a decade prior.
In more ways than one can count, this is a solid move by the front office that helps the team maintain consistent outfield depth. Not to mention, he is a talented baserunner that could be a reliable asset to Brewers manager Craig Counsell should he need a pinch runner.
Harrison is also only 27 years old, which is the average age of an MLB player. A breakout year could be possible if he is called to the majors. However, in all likelihood, Harrison will very likely spend his 2023 season in Nashville.
If you want to keep an eye on Monte Harrison, he will be present at Spring Training as a non-roster invitee.
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