Jul 6, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle (L) greets Pittsburgh Pirates left fielder Josh Harrison (5) at the dugout after Harrison scored a run against the Philadelphia Phillies during the eighth inning at PNC Park. The Pirates won 6-2. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

McCutchen, Harrison and Watson Selected to the All Star Team


The sensational summer of Josh Harrison continues as the do-it-all player is selected to his first career all star team. Harrison will serve as a reserve on the team and could prove to be useful in late-game situations when manager Mike Matheny could use him at any position.

Harrison was selected by Matheny, one of his four non-pitcher selections. You have to think that particular selection was significantly influenced by Clint Hurdle, one of Matheny’s assistants. As of Sunday, Harrison is batting .298 with five home runs and much to the excitement of Pirates fans started each of the three games in the Pirates sweep of in-state rival Philadelphia. Harrison started a game at third base, one at second base and one at left field proving his versatility.

Matheny has Harrison listed as an outfielder on his all star roster, although I would not be suprised to see him play in the infield.

Harrison will be joined by center fielder Andrew McCutchen who will start in what will be his fourth all star game and reliever Tony Watson making his first all star appearance.

Second baseman Neil Walker was a notable snub, however as I predicted in Get Out the Vote, Walker would have to be voted in by the fans in order to make the team. Matheny only selected two second baseman as I suspected and it is quite hard to put Walker’s numbers against those of Dee Gordon and Chase Utley and find it favorable for Walker.

You can catch McCutchen, Harrison and Watson and many other talented all stars in the midsummer classic on July 15 at 8:00 p.m. of Fox.

As always, for Pirates news and tweets follow @aminkoff93

Next Pirates Game View full schedule »
Saturday, Aug 2323 Aug6:10at Milwaukee BrewersBuy Tickets

Tags: All-Star Game Andrew McCutchen Josh Harrison Pittsburgh Pirates Tony Watson