Josh Harrison Video Recap

The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired Josh Harrison from the Chicago Cubs on July 30th in the trade that sent John Grabow and Tom Gorzelanny to Chicago, and also brought Kevin Hart and Jose Ascanio back to Pittsburgh. Harrison went right to Lynchburg, where he split time between second and third base, with Chase d’Arnaud and Jordy Mercer taking up the two remaining spots between shortstop, second, and third base.

Harrison was drafted by the Cubs in the sixth round of the 2008 draft. Since that point he’s hit for a .315/.352/.438 line in 425 at-bats in A-ball, and a .275/.310/.374 line in 211 at-bats in high-A, including his time with Lynchburg.
Harrison doesn’t have a natural position on the field. He’s played the corner outfield spots before, but doesn’t have enough power to hold down one of those spots. He also plays second and third, and his speed and range allows him to get to a lot of balls at those positions, but he could use work on certain aspects, such as glove work, making the pivot at second base, and positioning his body for a balanced throw to first.
At the plate Harrison makes good contact, striking out in just 9.8 percent of his at-bats in the minors so far. On the other hand, he’s not very selective, drawing just 49 walks for a 5.8 percent walk rate. He reminds me of Freddy Sanchez in the sense that he can make good contact, but often swings at pitches that would normally go for balls.
While in Lynchburg, Harrison hit a ground ball 50.3 percent of the time, a line drive 11.2 percent of the time, and a fly ball 37.9 percent of the time. In order to maximize his speed, he’s going to need to keep his grounders limited to the left side of the infield, and hit more line drives with fewer fly balls. Last year Harrison had an 18.3 percent line drive ratio, and a 32.1 percent fly ball ratio, and hit for a .307 average in 238 at-bats in A-ball.
Harrison is a raw talent, but he’s got good speed and good contact skills, which could make him a weapon. If he improves his pitch selection and starts hitting to maximize his speed, he could be a very effective player.
Below I have several videos of Harrison in action. There are 33 at-bats, plus 23 fielding plays. I have a list of what is on this video recap below the video box, as well as some suggestions of plays that display some of Harrison’s skills.
A rundown of the videos (videos in bold are my favorites):
  1. 8/14, 1st at-bat, Harrison grounds in to a FC, beats out a DP
  2. 8/14, 3rd at-bat, Harrison grounds in to a FC, beats out a DP
  3. 8/16, 1st at-bat, Harrison drilled with first pitch
  4. 8/16, 2nd at-bat, Harrison walks (his only walk as a Hillcat in regular season)
  5. 8/23, 1st at-bat game 1, Harrison sacrifices Chase d’Arnaud to second
  6. 8/23, 2nd at-bat game 1, Harrison flies out to right field
  7. 8/23, 3rd at-bat game 1, Harrison broken bat ground out to third
  8. 8/23, 4th at-bat game 1, Harrison grounds out to third, runners advance to 2nd and 3rd
  9. 8/23, 1st at-bat game 2, Harrison flies out to right field
  10. 8/23, 2nd at-bat game 2, Harrison lines out to right field
  11. 8/23, 3rd at-bat game 2, Harrison sac-fly RBI, Chase d’Arnaud steals two bases during AB
  12. 8/23, 4th at-bat game 2, Harrison pops out to second
  13. 8/24, 1st at-bat, Harrison singles on a grounder to third
  14. 8/24, 2nd at-bat, Harrison pops out to second
  15. 8/24, 3rd at-bat, Harrison grounds out to short, runner scores from 3rd
  16. 8/24, 4th at-bat, Harrison singles on a chopper to second base
  17. 8/24, 5th at-bat, Harrison strikes out looking
  18. 9/7, 1st at-bat, Harrison strikes out swinging
  19. 9/7, 2nd at-bat, Harrison grounds out to third
  20. 9/7, 3rd at-bat, Harrison singles to center
  21. 9/7, 5th at-bat, Harrison grounds out to second
  22. 9/10, 1st at-bat, Harrison pops out to first base
  23. 9/10, 2nd at-bat, Harrison pops out to first base
  24. 9/10, 3rd at-bat, Harrison pops out to second base
  25. 9/10, 4th at-bat, Harrison sacrifices Chase d’Arnaud over to second
  26. 9/13, 2nd at-bat, Harrison RBI single to center, out at second
  27. 9/13, 4th at-bat, Harrison three RBI double to left field, advances to third on throw
  28. 9/14, 2nd at-bat, Harrison grounds out to pitcher
  29. 9/14, 3rd at-bat, Harrison grounds out to first
  30. 9/14, 4th at-bat, Harrison grounds out to second
  31. 9/15, 4th at-bat, Harrison walks
  32. 9/17, 2nd at-bat, Harrison reaches on error by pitcher
  33. 9/17, 3rd at-bat, Harrison singles on bunt to pitcher
  34. 8/14, Jeff Locke 14th batter, Harrison catches a line drive and flips to Chase d’Arnaud for the DP
  35. 8/14, Jeff Locke 24th batter, Harrison makes the pivot and throw for the DP
  36. 8/14, Jeff Locke 28th batter, grounder to Harrison for a 4-3 out
  37. 8/23, Matt McSwain 6th batter, grounder to Harrison for a 4-3 out
  38. 8/23, Matt McSwain 20th batter, grounder to Harrison for a 4-3 out
  39. 8/23, Matt McSwain 24th batter, grounder to Harrison for a 4-3 out
  40. 8/24, Bryan Morris 3rd batter, grounder to Harrison for a 4-3 out, good play by Harrison
  41. 8/24, Bryan Morris 6th batter, grounder to Harrison for a 4-3 out
  42. 8/24, Bryan Morris 8th batter, grounder to Harrison for a 4-3 out
  43. 8/24, Bryan Morris 21st batter, grounder to Harrison for a 4-3 out
  44. 8/24, Bryan Morris 23rd batter, grounder to Harrison for a 4-3 out
  45. 9/10, Rudy Owens 12th batter, Harrison catches ball in foul territory playing 3B
  46. 9/10, Ramon Aguero 2nd batter, Harrison with nice speed to catch a bunt pop up in foul territory
  47. 9/13, Bryan Morris 11th batter, grounder to Harrison for 5-3 out, nice running throw
  48. 9/14, Justin Wilson 17th batter, grounder to Harrison for 5-3 out, nice range and throw
  49. 9/14, Justin Wilson 20th batter, Harrison starts a 5-4-3 DP
  50. 9/14, Harrison Bishop 3rd batter, grounder to Harrison for a 5-3 out, Harrison holds runner at second
  51. 9/14, Ramon Aguero 10th batter, grounder to Harrison for a 5-3 out to end the game
  52. 9/15, Noah Krol 4th batter, Harrison starts a 5-4-3 DP
  53. 9/15, Noah Krol 7th batter, Harrison with a nice off-balance throw on a 5-3 ground out
  54. 9/17, Mike Colla 10th batter, grounder to Harrison for a 5-3 out
  55. 9/17, Matt McSwain 4th batter, grounder to Harrison for a 5-3 out
  56. 9/17, Ramon Aguero 5th batter, grounder to Harrison for a 5-3 out
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