RumBunter Player Of Week: Holy Harrison!
By Tom Smith
Josh Harrison is on a tear.
In his last ten games, he is hitting at a .452 clip with 19 hits in his 42 at-bats for the Mesa Solar Sox. The big eye opener in the stretch is six doubles, two triples and a homer. He has earned four walks and has struckout just twice (with no k’s in his last 20AB.) Harrison has driven his OPS off the chart to 1.251 during his demolition of the Arizona Fall League pitchers.
Harrison got off to a slow start, hitting just .111 out of the gate, which makes us very curious. Can you imagine how well Harrison’s stats would like if he had just a couple more hits early? Currently, Harrison has a .354/.384/.585 for a .968OPS for the year.
So where does Harrison fit into the Pittsburgh Pirates plans? An infielder? An outfielder? A super utility player that can rake?
Harrison saved his biggest hits for the biggest stage. How can a player like that, not find a position on the field? It appears Neil Walker will be the Pirates second baseman, the position where Harrison has played well.
No one will confuse our beer swilling at games with being scouts, but we saw some soft hands and a quick turn at second base. The dilemma for Harrison is his bat is continuing to play, but Walker is blocking Harrison at 2B-Pedro Alvarez at 3B, so he has been being moved around to other positions in the AFL. It’s nothing new for the athletic Harrision.
Certainly the Pirates outstanding development team can help…, well nevermind.
Maybe it’s just this….. a bat will always find a glove. Ponder this, is there a better time to sell high on Harrison? Maybe the Cincy kid could be packaged in a deal for some pitching this hot stove season?
LAClips has a video of Harrison ripping a double off the Mets Scott Shaw. I don’t think you watched it yet.