Monte Harrison CF
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|2019-03-04 16:00:00 (link to chat)||trying to decide on my last two Minor League keepers in my dynasty league. none are top 100 but trying to decide between upside and safety that deep. options are: Varsho, Basabe (CWS), Monte Harrison, Faedo, and Crouse.
which two do you like and why?|
(JP from TX)
|I'm willing to give Harrison one more chance. I can't quit on that kind of athleticism. Beyond that, I will always be drawn to lefty hitting guys who should stick behind the plate who also have power and some speed. Harrison and Varsho for me. (Scott Delp)|
|2018-07-13 15:00:00 (link to chat)||So you're not the least bit concerned w/ Monte Harrison's 38% K rate at Jacksonville this year? He's still a solid regular in CF for you?|
(JD from Vero Beach)
|No, I'm a little concerned and his stock is down, although I don't want to super overreact to ten weeks of baseball given the underlying athletic tools. My larger point is just strict stat line benchmarks for prospects aren't useful. Evaluate the player and the profile. I also don't really care that Mitch Keller is striking out less than a batter per inning for example. (Jeffrey Paternostro)|
|2018-06-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Monte Harrison has a 38.3% K rate and a 8.3% walk rate. That's not good. Any chance that hit tool improves?|
(waks from brooklyn)
|It's not what you want. Double-A is an important proving ground for these profiles for a reason. I'm not giving up on the tools, but stock is down for now. (Jeffrey Paternostro)|
|2018-05-25 12:15:00 (link to chat)||I know you have been a Monte Harrison guy for a while now. You still believe in him as a OF3 or so in a 15 teamer?|
(Full Monte from UK)
|Sure do. I think Double-A was always going to be a stumbling block for him to engage with, and why the missed dev time because of injuries was always a downer. He can't continue swing and missing this much, but I also think he's got a chance to figure it out. It is just gonna take a little time. (Craig Goldstein)|
|2018-02-05 12:00:00 (link to chat)||3 of the guys in the 101 must battle the Shield in a 6-man tag. Who do you select to match up with Rollins, Reigns, and Ambrose?|
(Entropy from Boulder )
|Vladito is the hot tag here obviously. I'll go with Monte Harrison for the general athleticism, and Seth Romero for...other reasons. (Top 101 with Jeffrey Paternostro)|
|2018-02-28 20:00:00 (link to chat)||Who might you invest in late round high upside pick in a 4 year keeper? Monte Harrison or Taylor Trammell?|
(Chris from Baltimore)
|Love both these guys, but give me Trammell. Not as much injury history as Monte, played most of full-season ball as a 19 year old and improved his K% and BB%. I think he climbs even higher. (Eddy Almaguer)|
|2018-02-23 20:00:00 (link to chat)||Who are some players who have yet to reach Double A who could find meaningful, productive MLB playing time this year?|
(Chris from Baltimore)
|Not yet to Double-A? Not sure I could confidently say anyone should fit that description. Likely have to be a pitcher, reliever rather than starter or players on teams that are in flux somewhat that would not be afraid to start a clock early. A hitter I could toss out there might be Monte Harrison. He impressed me in the AFL and if he continues to develop, he could be ready. The OF in Miami isnít holding him back much. JD Hammer, reliever in Philly. Adam Choplick of Texas. He got a lot of buzz in the AFL. Starter might be Dane Dunning of the White Sox. Those are my best guesses off the top of my head. (Scott Delp)|
|2018-02-23 20:00:00 (link to chat)||What are some players you are most looking forward to seeing this year?|
(kcshankd from Cascadia)
|Gee, a ton of them. I like seeing some of the lesser-regarded guys trying to find value. I am lucky in that I live midway between Daytona and Jacksonville so I can see the Double-A Southern League and the High-A Florida State League. The home teams have several guys Iím excited to see. Monte Harrison in Jax and Taylor Trammell and Jose Siri in Daytona. Iím hoping to get better looks at Eloy, Austin Riley, Zac Collins. Then there is always a Bravesí pitcher. This season is Kyle Wright. Too many to list... (Scott Delp)|
|2018-01-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)||What do you think Monte Harrison is capable of doing in the home run department year to year? Does he have the most upside of Milwaukee's outfield prospects?|
(Frank from Las Vegas)
|Our #1 Monte fan Uncle Jack had plus raw on him this year, so 25 home runs is not out of the realm of possibility. Probably less upside than Brinson even still, but it's within the fudge factor now. (Jeffrey Paternostro)|
|2017-11-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)||What's the upside for Monte Harrison if he keeps making progress at the rate he did in 2017?|
(Fidel from Cuba)
|All-star centerfielder (Jeffrey Paternostro)|
|2017-11-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Any prospects causing internal strife within the BP team?|
(UB from Georgia)
|We've gone through about half the teams so far internally. Would say the longest discussions so far have been over Kevin Maitan, Monte Harrison, and Peter Alonso. (Jeffrey Paternostro)|
|2017-10-24 20:00:00 (link to chat)||What kind of power upside do you see for Monte Harrison and Peter Alonso. Thanks!|
(Mark from San Antonio)
|John Eshleman is *all over* Monte Harrison, like potential future star type all over, and he's seen him a lot and knows what he's doing. He gave him future 6 power a few months ago, so let's go with that.
Peter Alonso looked like a totally different hitter from 2016 to 2017. Right/right college 1B/DH is an awful profile, so the problem is that he very well might have 25-30 home run power and never get a chance to show it. I like him despite the profile issues. -- Jarrett (World Series Chat)
|2017-09-18 23:00:00 (link to chat)||Now that the season is coming to an end who are some prospects you'd pick up in dynasty leagues to hold in the offseason?|
(Chansen8895 from San Jose)
|Michel Baez was my favorite breakout this year in dynasty leagues, though if you're beyond like a shallow-pool 12-teamer there's a good chance that ship has sailed already. I grabbed Austin Hays in a couple leagues, he did nothing but rake this year between A+ and AA. Monte Harrison started to put it together a bit this year, he's a solid add for the upside. On the other end of the spectrum, Brian Anderson hit really well, has made his MLB debut, and should have the chance to win a regular job in Miami next year - he fits the mold of a boring but potentially overlooked contributor. In deep, dark leagues, Freudis Nova in the Houston system as a 5-tooler with a shot to stick at short. (Wilson Karaman)|
|2017-09-18 23:00:00 (link to chat)||Better dynasty stash, Corey Ray or Monte Harrison?|
(Jimmy from VT)
|Gimme Monte, for I am a gamblin' man, man, man, I'm a gamblin' man. (Wilson Karaman)|
|2017-07-31 23:00:00 (link to chat)||What are your thoughts on Monte Harrison this year? Does he have a chance to be in the top 100 next year?|
(Chansen8895 from San Jose)
|I wrote about Monte at the end of this piece back in April, mostly as an excuse to link to his high school basketball highlight reel. But he's finally stayed healthy long enough to make some really interesting progress this year, while still (somehow) remaining age-appropriate for Low A. I think top 100's probably premature, but he's very well worth watching into next year.
http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=31601 (Wilson Karaman)
|2017-07-06 12:00:00 (link to chat)||Got a favorite out of this mish mash of low level prospects?
Monte Harrison, Khalil Lee, Yanio Perez, Brandon Marsh, A.Gimenez, Nolan Jones, Jake Gatewood|
(Nose Pincher from Florida)
|If this is a fantasy question, I'd go after Harrison's offensive upside, and he's actually one of the closer guys there to major league horizon. For prospect list purposes I think Gimenez was probably closest to making the 50, although he wasn't all that close. (Jeffrey Paternostro)|
|2017-07-13 14:00:00 (link to chat)||The bats of Milwaukee prospect, Monte Harrison, and Atlanta prospect, Alex Jackson, have both awakened this year. Which one is the better prospect for fantasy?|
(cracker73 from Florida)
|I've been intrigued by Harrison for awhile, especially as a potentially great source for speed. The pop has been a pleasant surprise, and I'm looking forward to seeing how he handles High-A. With Jackson, I think I'm most excited to see that he's catching again. That makes him infinitely more interesting. (Mark Barry)|
|2017-06-27 20:00:00 (link to chat)||Monte Harrison or Jake Gatewood, who is going to be more of an MLB impact bat?|
(Mark from Cleveland)
|Gatewood has always had monster tools and has a plausible narrative for why he used to suck and now doesn't -- finally got contacts to correct poorly diagnosed vision problems. So I'll take Gatewood. (Jarrett Seidler)|
|2017-05-22 23:00:00 (link to chat)||Who do I want Jake Gatewood or Monte Harrison?|
(Mark from Canada)
|Call me crazy, call me the fool, I just can't stop dreamin' on Harrison's tools.
Roots! Erykah Badu! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qIcJwRqnxkw (Wilson Karaman)
|2017-05-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)||What can you share about Monte Harrison and Khalil Lee?|
(CL72 from Missouri)
|Both are good athletes and sometimes those guys pop hard when they start to put it together. Harrison is also finally healthy, but this has always been in there. Lee might have some growing pains as he sees better stuff, but he has a case as the best prospect in the Royals system. Oh, Craig is an Argentina at the moment, but wants me to remind you that #healwaysbelieved in Monte Harrison. (Jeffrey Paternostro)|
|2017-05-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Is this Monte Harrison's breakout? I know the K-rate is still high, but he hasn't had the at-bats needed to develop his swing/strike zone judgement, right? |
(Kevin from Toronto)
|It sure could be (Craig won't shut up about it either). He's also a 21 year old repeating the Midwest League, but when the crazy athletic guys figure it out, it can come quick. (Jeffrey Paternostro)|
|2017-04-28 13:30:00 (link to chat)||Monte Harrison just hit his 6th dinger of the year last night, his raw power was never in question, but do you think he's going to be able to make enough contact to succeed? |
(Mike from Milwaukee)
|I do! I've been a Harrison fan for a long time and it's been tough watching him get injured so often, and perform poorly around the injuries. It's great to see him healthy and dominating, and he's not even aged out of the league exactly! (Craig Goldstein)|
|2017-04-28 13:30:00 (link to chat)||There are some interesting tools guys in the low minors who are putting things together so far this year: Monte Harrison, Marcus Wilson, and Demi Orimoloye to name a few. Do you have any favorites you can say a few words about?|
(This Guy from Seattle, WA)
|I think I've covered Harrison and Wilson in depth. Orimoloye I liked out of the draft but was always going to be a slow burn. While we're talking Milwaukee prospects, I love love love Lucas Erceg, and am highly intrigued by Mario Feliciano. I'll be catching High-A Carolina tomorrow for a double-header so should have more thoughts on Corey Ray, Corbin Burnes, etc too. Estevan Florial is also a name to watch if you're not already. (Craig Goldstein)|
|2017-04-28 13:30:00 (link to chat)||What can you share about Monte Harrison? Is he a breakout guy this season? How deep of a league should be be rostered in?|
(Joey from Jacksonville)
|Brief background: was a football guy and committed to Nebraska. Just an incredible athlete who hasn't been able to stay healthy (or produce consistently) but has shown flashes. The biggest question is going to be on how often he's able to make good contact since he's lost of a lot of developmental time to injury, and wasn't solely focused on baseball before that (not always a bad thing). He's got a huge arm, should be able to play center given the athleticism, but isn't the most instinctual player out there. I still like the combination of tools, and am excited to see his start so far. (Craig Goldstein)|
|2017-04-28 13:30:00 (link to chat)||I know you talked about Monte Harrison but do you prefer him more, the same or less to Magnerius Sierra for fantasy?|
(Igor from At a Bar)
|Ha, I have both in a few leagues so I don't have to choose. I think there close with Monte offering more ceiling and Sierra being more of a surefire MLBer. Sierra doesn't have the pop that Monte offers though, so offers fewer dimensions in fantasy. (Craig Goldstein)|
|2016-05-31 19:00:00 (link to chat)||What's the latest word on Monte Harrison? He's striking out a third of the time in Appleton. Is the process good, just with no results yet... or what's the deal?|
(Jabs from WI)
|Lots to talk about with Harrison but lets start with the fact that he's fully recovered from the leg injury from last year and the athletic ability is still there which is great. That being said, the strikeouts are troubling. He has shown the ability to make adjustments which is good. The swing and miss is coming in the zone rather than out more and more which gives me hope. The physical tools will give him ample opportunity to succeed but he will have to start making contact to have a shot. (James Fisher)|
|2016-04-25 23:00:00 (link to chat)||Any chance you can hit us with some knowledge on some Low Minor prospects from the Rangers system in Ronald Guzman, Travis Demeritte, & Jairo Beras? What about from the Brewers in Monte Harrison & Isan Diaz? |
(David from Atlantis)
|Sure! I filed a report on Guzman last summer, you can find that here: http://www.baseballprospectus.com/prospects/eyewitness_bat.php?reportid=263
Wasn't a fan. Would it shock me if he turned into a good hitter with moderate power? No. He was really searching for it when I saw him though. Some pleasant elements to his swing, but I didn't love his physicality and he showed no ability to hold himself together when he tried to turn on balls.
Demeritte I just saw and submitted some notes on, those'll be up this week in one of our "Notes From the Field" pieces. Beras was injured during my first look at High Desert, so have to wait on him.
I haven't seen either Diaz or Harrison in person. Was bummed the former got shipped out last winter like 146 other would've-been-great-to-watch-at-Visalia prospects. James Fisher wrote about him last week, you can find that here: http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=28975 (Wilson Karaman)
|2016-03-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)||So, Monte Harrison was getting a lot of love on Twitter over the weekend. Star-level tools, fantastic spring, feel for hitting coming....say some words about this dude.|
(Rob from Alaska)
|'Some words'. I kid.
Harrison is an absolute freak. I'm not sure I've scouted a blend of a guy this physical while also possessing his speed in the last few years. To that end, though, it is worth noting that his 2015 ended with an especially gnarly leg injury--and it will be interesting to see how his 6'3/220 frame holds the speed that drew consensus 60 grades and CF profiles from the scouting community. It's also important to mention that the best 'athlete' isn't always the best 'baseball player.' Or even necessarily a big leaguer, for that matter. Even so, for some additional context, I was having a conversation with a pro scout in Phoenix about Monte Harrison being the closest thing he'd seen to Carl Crawford. Similarly to Crawford, coincidentally, readers might remember that Harrison was also bought out of a commitment to Nebraska that would have allowed him to play quarterback as well as baseball.
I didn't include Harrison in the Brewers piece I did here...:
...because I only caught a few rounds of BP; he didn't play in the prospect showcase. BP here:
Harrison really struggled in an aggressive assignment to full-season ball to start 2015. He righted the ship in Helena, but a literally 42% strikeout rate in Low-A Wisconsin should give insight to the degree his hit tool is still in the works. The movement in his swing is calming down, though, and watching him take swings at Brewers camp I could see they're trying to get him to stay shorter to the ball.
His supplementary tools are great insofar as his throwing arm and glove are concerned, but all things considered--especially if the power he's flashed in BP translates into games--I think this is a RF at the end of the day. He'll go as far as the bat, and a repeat assignment to full-season ball will be telling RE: how much of his progress in Helena is for real. He's another high ceiling, low floor guy in the Brewers system. I don't think the hit tool will ever be enough for this type of guy that it's a real all-star profile, but the ceiling is that of a solid regular. (Adam McInturff)
|2016-03-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Will Bubba Starling ever figure it out or will he be tantalizing and frustrating to watch?|
(Kevin from KC)
|Eh...honestly, I'm going to lean towards the ladder, with a best-case ceiling of Alex Rios.
I think he's an example of what happens in this neo-prospect age. Amateurs are oftentimes given billings that aren't fair for them to try and live up to. Starling was great, yes, but Starling also was a home-state kid who had the football/baseball intrigue. He also goes by Bubba, so, that's probably a big thing in Kansas.
Inn actuality, though, a scout would tell you that despite the hype, Bubbsy Starling was really just a 'type' of player. The same 'type' of player that say, Monte Harrison is, another guy that I'm asked about frequently. These 'types' of players are freak athletes that have all the raw power and supplementary tools in the world, but ultimately it falls down to how much they're able to bring out of the hit tool. Even if they figure it out (more or less), they often remain very slump-prone and streaky (again, Alex Rios). One factor is Starling's size. He's 6'5--a big dude. How many batting champs have that type of size? And if they do, how many hit for power? It can be hard to consistently generate hard game contact and control longer levers to bring about consistent batting average.
I'm not going to say he's a Bret Eibner in KC's system. But I don't think he's going to be the super-athlete face of the franchise, either. I'll hold to my Alex Rios best case.
That said, it's risky to fully bet against this type of athlete and raw toolset. These guys can really prove you wrong, and make unforeseen adjustments right when you're starting to pat yourself on the back as a scout. Whoops. (Adam McInturff)
|2016-01-21 19:00:00 (link to chat)||Monte Harrison or Derek Hill?|
(Isaac from Akron)
|I'll go Harrison. (George Bissell)|
|2015-06-15 19:00:00 (link to chat)||Hey Brendan. Do you have any Low Minor, high ceiling prospects your a fan of and are looking to jump on before their stock gains recognition this season?|
(kiper90 from Rochester, NY)
|I like it when prospects start putting it together after going through some early struggles. So, seeing guys like Matt Chapman and Carlos Tocci start to hit is exciting.
I got this question before the season, and answered with Keury Mella and Monte Harrison. Mella has been great; Harrison has... well, Mella's been great. Still have my eye on both. (Brendan Gawlowski)
|2015-04-06 20:15:00 (link to chat)||What do you think is the BEST possible outcome for Lewis Brinson?|
(cracker73 from Florida)
|Best possible? You're talking a superstar on the level of... I don't know... Andrew McCutchen (all due respect to Monte Harrison, of course)? That's irresponsible though. That'd be like a world without gravity. Possible? Maybe, but not worth wasting time on considering. (Craig Goldstein)|
|2015-04-06 20:15:00 (link to chat)||You mentioned Grant Holmes as the 22nd pick signing for around what Kodi Medeiros signed for as a reason why the plan might not have been executed as expertly as it could have been. However Holmes signed for over slot and Medeiros signed for underslot. Who's to say Holmes would have signed for underslot had he gone 12th? People always rave about Monte Harrison while questioning Medeiros going so high. I just tell them to pretend their draft position was switched.|
(Mokajige from Sheboygan, WI)
|The point though is, they signed for the same amount of money. It's possible Holmes postured that he wouldn't sign for said amount and the Brewers believed him. I don't know that that's the case or not, but it would at least suggest that they didn't do enough homework then. Even so, it's possible they did their work and he just folded to LA where he wouldn't to MIL. Even if you want to play that game though, Brandon Finnegan (another possible LOOGY in the end) signed for even less than Medeiros ($2.206M), already reached the majors and might have a better shot at starting.
I'm not trying to take shots here, but hindsight being what it is, it looks like they could have come away with a better player at 12th overall, while still taking the shots they did on Harrison and Gatewood.
I don't think it's as simple as flipping their draft positions either. Harrison is a great prospect to have, but he's still extremely risky and even upon redraft, likely wouldn't go in the range you're talking about. (Craig Goldstein)
|2015-04-06 20:15:00 (link to chat)||End of my minor league draft, I took Monte Harrison instead of Magneuris Sierra... mistake? Lottery tickets either way?|
(Nick from Los Angeles)
|Moreso lottery tickets either way. Just depends where you like you "security." Speed (Harrison) or hit tool (Sierra). I'd probably take Harrison. (Craig Goldstein)|
|2015-03-25 19:00:00 (link to chat)||What's with the Brewers young guys like Ty Taylor and Monte Harrison using so little of their lower half? Doesn't seem to be a total org thing, but these two guys are wide and using very little lower half.|
(Jon from Madison)
|Actually, Clint Coulter does the same thing. Harrison swung similarly in high school, but I agree, none of those three guys use their lower half. Monte in particular could really benefit from a more aggressive load. (Jordan Gorosh)|
|2015-03-25 19:00:00 (link to chat)||Hey Jordan, who do you have as some of your favorite Low Minor, high ceiling prospects to keep an eye on for 2015, and are looking to jump on before their stock gains recognition this season, ex. Tapia last pre-season or Devers by its conclusion?|
(kiper90 from Rochester, NY)
|Amed Rosario, Leonardo Molina, Jorge Mateo, Francisco Mejia, Lewis Brinson, Javier Guerra, and Monte Harrison are some names that jump out. (Jordan Gorosh)|
|2015-02-18 19:00:00 (link to chat)||Hey Brendan, who do you have as some of your favorite Low Minor, high ceiling prospects to keep an eye on for 2015, and are looking to buy stocks in before their stock gains recognition this season, ex. Tapia last pre-season or Devers by its conclusion?|
(kiper90 from Rochester, NY)
|Hard not to be excited by Monte Harrison, even if he doesn't ever hit for power. On the bump, I'm rooting for Keury Mella to show what he can do over a full season. (Brendan Gawlowski)|
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