|Born: November 29, 1979
Height: 5′ 11″
Drafted: 2001, 13th round, 379th overall (Devil Rays)
How Acquired: Minor league FA
College: University of Kentucky
WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES
|Harrison is the older brother of current Pirates Josh Harrison. He’s a bigger guy than Josh and, unlike his younger brother, showed solid power early in his career with the Devil Rays, and also eventually developed a good eye at the plate. He tended to be old for his levels, though, and was derailed by injuries at the time when he needed to be getting experience in the upper minors. As a result, he never got beyond AA and ended up in independent ball for three years.
Had a good debut in the NYPL as a secondbaseman.
Harrison played briefly at three levels, mainly at third. This probably indicated that Tampa Bay regarded him as an organizational player.
Spent the season playing third in the SAL. He hit for good power, but at 23 he was old for the league.
Harrison hit well in the high-offense California League, then finished the season in AA. He didn’t show the same power there, but still showed a good eye at the plate.
Texas selected Harrison from the Devil Rays in the minor league phase of the Rule 5 draft, but he broke his hand, costing him the whole season. Texas released him in the spring and Boston eventually signed him in August.
He got selected again in the minor league Rule 5 draft, this time with St. Louis taking him from Boston. Once again, though, he never played for his new team. This time it was due to surgery on a torn quadriceps muscle.
Harrison signed to play with the Marlins, but missed part of the year due to injury once again. Florida released him in late July and the Mets immediately signed him. He played the rest of the season with their AA affiliate. He played mainly third, but also saw time at second and in left.
Spent the year in the independent Northern League, having a solid season at the plate.
Harrison played for three different Northern League teams and again had a good year.
Harrison played most of the year back in the Northern League, but didn’t have as good a season. He finished with ten games in the Atlantic League.
Harrison was one of half a dozen veteran minor leaguers the Pirates signed as player/coaches in November 2011. He’s unlikely to see an action on the field.
|2012: Minor League contract|
|Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2001
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: Eligible
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: Eligible
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
|June 3, 1998: Drafted by the Florida Marlins in the 30th round, 910th overall pick.
June 5, 2001: Drafted by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the 13th round, 379th overall pick; signed on June 8.
December 13, 2004: Selected by the Texas Rangers from the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the minor league phase of the Rule 5 draft.
March 17, 2005: Released by the Texas Rangers.
August 2005: Signed by the Boston Red Sox.
December 8, 2005: Selected by the St. Louis Cardinals from the Boston Red Sox in the minor league phase of the Rule 5 draft.
2006: Signed as a minor league free agent by the Florida Marlins.
July 2007: Released by the Florida Marlins.
July 2007: Signed as a minor league free agent by the New York Mets.
November 2, 2007: Became a free agent.
November 9, 2011: Signed as a minor league free agent by the Pittsburgh Pirates.