#8 – Utility Man Josh Harrison
Fan favorite Josh Harrison made his MLB debut in 2011, and was a fixture in the Pirates lineup from 2014 to 2017. From ‘14-’17, Harrison posted a .290/.331/.428 line, and 105 OPS+. Overall, his offense was worth 9.3 offensive WAR. Solid, but not the best. However a good chunk of Harrison’s value came elsewhere.
Where Harrison lacked with the bat, he excelled with his defense and versatility. In his Pirates tenure, he played every position except catcher, center field and first base. In case you forgot, he even pitched a scoreless inning of relief back in 2013. Hell, it even came at the hitter friendly Coors Field in Denver.
Harrison was also a two-time All-Star for the Pirates, reaching the Mid-Summer Classic in 2014 and 2017. He also provided one of the most memorable Pirate moments of the decade when he hit a walk-off home run off of Rich Hill in the 10th inning of a game in 2017. Hill carried a no hitter into the 10th inning, and this is the only time in MLB history a team’s lone hit in a game was a walk-off blast. He also scored the winning run as a pinch runner in the Pirates’ thrilling victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 3 of the 2013 NLDS.
From 2014 to 2017, he racked up a 4.0 dWAR. He only ever posted a negative DRS once in this time span as well. His 20 DRS was ranked 4th among Pirates players for the decade. Overall, his 11.1 fWAR ranked 6th among Pirates’ batters of the decade.