After being overmatched in the Midwest League last summer, Harrison has run into similar issues to start his 2016 campaign for the Wisconsin Timber rattlers. A tooled-up bag of athleticism, the 2014 second-round pick is seldom shy of being the most physically gifted player on the field, but it’s not the corporeal that concerns evaluators. Though still young for his pro level, Harrison continues to struggle identifying spin and soft stuff away, leading to a gang of empty swings over his first ten games of the season and a strikeout in over a third of his PAs.
There is plenty of time for Harrison to make adjustments, and his speed, glove work, and feel on the base paths provide for a firm foundation upon which his future major league profile can be built. The same, much attention will be paid this summer to how the Show Me State native handles himself against full season arms. A second season of struggles with contact would deal a heavy blow to his prospects, while a firm developmental step forward would help him get back on track towards a potential first-division center field profile. –Nick J. Faleris