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Birth Date8-10-1995
Height6' 3"
Weight220 lbs
Age25 years, 2 months, 13 days
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MLB Statistics


Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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2014 BRR Rk AZL 50 224 .000 .000 .000 .348 0.0 140 0 0.0 0.0 -0.8 0.0
2015 WIS A MID 46 184 .248 .318 .356 .265 100 -14.3 5.1 0.3 30 0 -5.9 1.0 -16.0 -1.6
2015 HEL Rk PIO 28 119 .272 .352 .412 .361 103 8.9 3.6 0.2 136 0 3.5 1.1 -0.5 0.8
2016 WIS A MID 75 298 .247 .314 .348 .321 106 -7.8 7.9 -0.4 78 0 0.5 1.0 -10.9 -0.2
2016 BRR Rk AZL 5 25 .251 .323 .361 .267 101 1 0.7 0.1 95 0 0.9 0.1 -1.0 0.1
2017 WIS A MID 63 261 .249 .316 .383 .333 101 13 7.3 0.6 132 0 1.6 1.3 9.0 2.1
2017 CAR A+ CAR 59 252 .250 .321 .375 .358 102 11 7.0 -0.8 127 0 0.9 3.3 6.5 1.8
2017 SRR Wnt AFL 13 57 .000 .000 .000 .357 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2018 JAX AA SOU 136 583 .245 .320 .373 .368 95 7.6 16.6 0.7 96 0 -7.6 3.6 -0.5 1.3
2018 SRR Wnt AFL 19 81 .270 .364 .382 .392 103 2.5 2.3 -0.2 117 0 0.0 1.0 6.4 1.0
2019 JUP A+ FSL 2 7 .250 .317 .337 .167 94 -0.4 0.2 -0.1 63 0 0.0 0.5 -0.2 0.0
2019 NWO AAA PCL 56 244 .271 .351 .470 .373 94 1.8 8.4 -0.9 94 0 1.0 3.2 -1.0 0.9

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2014 BRR Rk AZL 224 180 37 47 7 2 1 61 20 31 48 32 2 .261 .402 .339 .078 1
2015 HEL Rk PIO 119 97 20 29 4 2 3 46 13 14 23 14 2 .299 .410 .474 .175 1 2
2015 WIS A MID 184 162 18 24 6 2 2 40 11 14 77 6 4 .148 .246 .247 .099 0 1
2016 WIS A MID 298 267 34 59 11 1 6 90 37 20 97 8 3 .221 .294 .337 .116 1 2
2016 BRR Rk AZL 25 19 4 4 1 1 0 7 1 4 4 0 0 .211 .375 .368 .158 0 1
2017 WIS A MID 261 223 32 59 12 1 11 106 32 29 70 11 3 .265 .359 .475 .211 2 2
2017 CAR A+ CAR 252 230 41 64 16 1 10 112 35 14 69 16 1 .278 .341 .487 .209 0 0
2017 SRR Wnt AFL 57 53 12 15 2 0 5 32 14 4 20 5 2 .283 .333 .604 .321 0 0
2018 SRR Wnt AFL 81 69 11 20 2 1 0 24 16 10 19 4 0 .290 .383 .348 .058 1 0
2018 JAX AA SOU 583 521 85 125 20 3 19 208 48 44 215 28 9 .240 .316 .399 .159 1 3
2019 NWO AAA PCL 244 215 41 59 7 2 9 97 24 25 73 20 2 .274 .357 .451 .177 1 0
2019 JUP A+ FSL 7 7 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 3 0 .143 .143 .143 .000 0 0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation


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2019 MIA $


Service TimeAgentContract Status
0 y 0 dMVP Sports1 year (2020)

  • 1 year (2020). Re-signed by Miami 3/20.
  • 1 year (2019). Contract selected by Miami 11/20/18. Re-signed by Miami 3/19.
  • Acquired by Miami in trade from Milwaukee 1/25/18.
  • Drafted by Milwaukee 2014 (2-50) (Lee's Summit West HS, Mo.). $1.8M signing bonus ($1.1003M slot).

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

90o 382 48 77 12 1 16 46 19 139 11 3 .218 .268 .394 65 2.1 0.2
80o 362 43 70 11 1 14 42 17 135 10 3 .208 .258 .372 57 -2.6 -0.3
70o 348 40 64 10 1 13 39 16 131 9 3 .198 .245 .355 52 -5.7 -0.6
60o 336 38 60 9 1 12 36 15 128 8 3 .192 .239 .342 47 -8.1 -0.9
50o 325 35 56 9 1 11 34 14 125 8 2 .185 .231 .330 42 -10.2 -1.1
40o 314 33 53 8 1 11 32 13 122 7 2 .181 .224 .328 38 -12.2 -1.3
30o 302 31 48 7 1 10 30 12 119 7 2 .170 .213 .307 33 -14.1 -1.5
20o 288 28 44 7 1 9 27 11 115 6 2 .163 .206 .296 27 -16.1 -1.7
10o 268 25 39 6 1 8 24 9 109 5 2 .154 .191 .281 20 -18.4 -2.0
Weighted Mean32936589112351412682.190.235.34344-9.6-1.0

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2020-05-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)When do you see Brandon Marsh coming up? How do you think he compares to Carlson, Monte Harrison, kelenic, Rodriguez etc.
(Tommy from LA)
I think Marsh arrives in 2021 at this point. He likely begins the season back in Double-A, though he should move to Triple-A pretty quickly (as soon as Jo Adell moves on to the majors). I prefer all those outfielders (except Harrison) to Marsh (Harrison really should not be part of this conversation). I view Marsh as a potential 5+/5/5+ bat, which is not too dissimilar from Dylan Carlson (5+/5+/5). Both Julio Rodriguez and Jarred Kelenic are next level in tools. At peak, I think Marsh could hit around .275/.350/.450/20/15, give or take, which is a stones throw from Carlson (.280/.360/.490/25/10). I just think he carries a bit more risk given his injury history, proximity, and production. We do really like Marsh here at BP. (Jesse Roche)
2020-04-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Peyton. Burdick -seems like he has the Wright stuff. You a believer and what‚Äôs your 2022 marlins outfield?
(Orville from Dayton)
Peyton Burdick generates so much love in these chats. From my chats on 2/21 and 4/3: Peyton Burdick was a 3rd round pick in the 2019 draft. He impressed in the Midwest League (.307/.408/.542) and offers plus raw power with a touch of speed. His hit tool remains questionable, and he had some swing-and-miss (13.3% SwStr) in Low-A. Still, he is a nice mid-round pick in FYPDs this offseason. It is unclear if he will hit enough to profile as a R/R corner OF bat. That said, Burdick has nice fantasy upside. Think .250/25/10, maybe even more power.

Given the delayed (maybe even cancelled) season, Burdick may not arrive until 2023. He likely will need a year in A+/AA (Jupiter and Jacksonville are both tough places to hit too), then AA/AAA, with the goal of a AAA/MLB year three. Despite his age (23), he is more raw than most college prospects. Maybe, maybe, the Marlins push him to AA/AAA in 2021 regardless of whether there is a season in 2020. In that case, he definitely could push for a big league role in 2022. There are plenty of OFs ahead of him, though, including Monte Harrison, Jesus Sanchez, Jerar Encarnacion, and fellow 2019 draftees, J.J. Bleday and Kameron Misner. The Marlins' system is stacked in the outfield. (Jesse Roche)
2020-03-16 12:00:00 (link to chat)Is 2020 the year for Lewis Brinson? Do you still hold out hope?
(Craig from Chicago)
I don't really. But let's run it back with Monte Harrison and see what happens, (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2020-03-16 12:00:00 (link to chat)Of the following hitters, how would you rank their 2020 MLB impact: Ke'Bryan Hayes, Jazz Chisholm, Alec Bohm, Daulton Varsho, Monte Harrison, Jesus Sanchez?
(Craig from Chicago)
I am curious to see how service time stuff plays out in a shortened season because that's gonna play into this, but assuming somewhat normal service resumed: Bohm, Hays, Harrison, Sanchez, Chisholm, Varsho. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2020-03-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Craig! Thanks for the chat. If you had to pick a pitcher and a hitter currently out of the fantasy 101 that could leap into the top 50 by mid season (or 2021 If you prefer), who would it be?
(Dynasty from Dynasty land )
I like Jose Garcia and Liover Peguero as options for hitters (Monte Harrison too, but he'd get too many ABs if he does well enough to jump that high), and Edward Cabrera and Nick Lodolo as arms. Brailyn Marquez has that talent, too. (Craig Goldstein)
2020-03-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Jesse ,thanks for the chat. I need to drop one of Monte Harrison or Yusneil Diaz, I know it may seem a WTF kind of question, no one cares, but I have held them both for at least 2 seasons in this league, so I care about them, looking at your dynasty rankings didn't really help as they are 2 places apart. The real question is which one would I be more likely to pick up in the forthcoming draft after I have dropped them. 24 team league,keep 24, I pick 13 th ? Cheers
(boatman44 from Liverpool)
I'd hold Harrison between the two. That power/speed upside is still so tantalizing. (Jesse Roche)
2020-03-02 12:00:00 (link to chat)Who are some under the radar prospects in the high minors that could help teams this year?
(bphil2712 from MO)
I'll throw Monte Harrison and Joe Palumbo out I guess. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2020-02-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)What do you think about Monte Harrison and Onell Cruz-----how high are their ceilings and what are their estimated ETA's?
(rich from brookhaven)
I am a big believer in Oneil Cruz. His upside is as massive as his 6-foot-7 frame. I provided a rough peak projection in my ceiling-only Top-101 dynasty prospects: .265/.330/.500/30/10

You can find that article here:

I would expect Cruz to arrive either late-2020 (September) or mid-2021. He is on the 40-man roster so a September cup-of-coffee is possible.

Harrison has big tools but tons of swing-and-miss. His ceiling is something like .250/20/20 with all kinds of risk. I would expect him to arrive at some point in 2020. He is also on the 40-man roster. (Jesse Roche)
2020-01-31 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Jesse ,Would you keep any of Monte Harrison or Yusneil Diaz over Ryan Braun in a 24 team dynasty,knowing your tam is middle of the pack this year and it is probably Brauns last? cheers.
(boatman44 from Liverpool )
I prefer Braun to both Harrison and Diaz, but if Braun is lost on your team in 2020, then I would keep Harrison. Never hurts to try to shop any of these guys when you are facing a keeper crunch. (Jesse Roche)
2019-12-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)With the exception of Monte Harrison, every hitter in the top 10 is left-handed. This also includes Connor Scott, Jose Devers and switch-hitting Nasim Nunez. Is this by design? Are they taking advantage of the new reliever limit rules?
(Jason from Jacksonville, FL)
Pure happenstance would be my guess. Although without doing any research I'd guess lefty hitters are generally overrepresented inside orgs because of the general platoon advantage. (Miami Marlins Top 10 Chat)
2019-11-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)If every organization's minor league system entered into a 5 on 5 basketball tournament, would anybody even challenge the Angels system? Also, Orlando Martinez sure sounds Kole Calhoun-y
(kevibear from Long Beach)
Marlins have Monte Harrison who was a pretty good HS player and don't lack for athleticism elsewhere. I worry about everyone's ACL involved in this endeavor. I don't hate the Calhoun comp for Martinez either although the latter is a better athlete. (Los Angeles Angels Top 10 Chat)
2019-06-07 12:00:00 (link to chat)Which of the following Marlins at AAA should I hold in a dynasty league: Isan Diaz, Monte Harrison or Lewis Brinson?
(sportsguy21792 from m)
Diaz and Harrison were similarly tiered in our Midseason 50 draft (not on it, but a lower tier on the long list), but for fantasy purposes the power/speed combo gives Harrison the clear edge here. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2019-06-07 12:00:00 (link to chat)You hear a lot about x player making a swing change for the better, what prospects have seen their swings change for the worse recently
(Seth from Midwest)
Wrote about this with Andres Gimenez a couple weeks ago. Monte Harrison is a guy that has fooled around with timing stuff with his lower half and has had some issues. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2019-05-31 13:00:00 (link to chat)Just over here patiently waiting for it to be Monte Harrison szn. Does he get a call-up before September?
(treacy19 from Milwaukee)
I think it'll be Monte Harrison SZN before September. He's hitting .288/.386/.472 with seven homers and 19 stolen bases. Fantasy owners should be cognizant of the fact that Harrison will likely require a lengthy adjustment period, due to his swing-and-miss issues. But those who remain patient could be rewarded with a 20/20 dude. (J.P. Breen)
2019-05-24 15:00:00 (link to chat)I missed the boat on this latest run of propsect call-ups, but I'm still in a good position for playoffs in my points league. Who is your current late-season stash that I can add and hold?
(Mike G from Seattle)
Weird, I know a "Mike G" in Seattle! Take a look at Monte Harrison, Daz Cameron, Yusniel Diaz, Jorge Mateo, and Christian Pache, for starters. Keep tabs on Bo Bichette's health. Possibly get back on on Carter Kieboom if someone dropped him. I wouldn't necessarily add any of these now, but they should be on your radar. (Jon Hegglund)
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. (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! (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)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)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)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:

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: (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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