Monte Harrison is nothing if not passionate. This passion permeates every aspect of Harrison’s life and is evident in what he does. It doesn’t hurt that Harrison is also a freak athlete, who at one point was going to play not only baseball but football for the University of Nebraska. A mixture of passion, talent, and hard work has propelled Harrison to the number one prospect in the Miami Marlins organization.
A Kansas City, Missouri native, and Lees Summit West High School student, Harrison excelled in baseball, basketball, and football. Once a highly touted high school recruit, Harrison was simultaneously a four-star wide receiver and one of the top high school baseball prospects. After signing his letter on intent with Nebraska, the Milwaukee Brewers came calling and selected the outfielder in the second round of the MLB draft. Faced with a life altering decision, he chose baseball and has never looked back.
Not surprisingly, Monte isn’t the only Harrison that excels in sports. His older brother, Shaquille, played basketball for the University of Tulsa and is currently with the Phoenix Suns. However, the brothers success did not come without hardships. While growing up in rough neighborhoods and losing their father at an early age, it was the death of their grandmother that compelled them to work hard while giving back to their community. Monte Harrison has used this motivation to create a platform for good, by establishing a basketball skills camp in their hometown. Monte spoke on his motivation for creating this event with his brother:
On the diamond, Harrison has shown just how much untapped potential fits in his 6’3 220 pound frame. In just his second full season, Harrison leads the Marlins organization in home runs with 16. This week alone, Monte has hit two home runs, one to dead center and another to left.
Couple his obvious power with outstanding speed (24 SB this season), and Harrison projects as a legit 20/20 candidate in the majors. With the Marlins currently in a long term rebuild, there should be plenty of opportunities for Harrison to get MLB exposure. This season may not be out of the question, as Miami is very thin in centerfield, leading some to believe Harrison may be a candidate for a September call-up.
Every minor prospect has good attributes, and things to improve upon. Monte Harrison is no different, while he is aware of his strengths, something of high importance, Harrison recognizes the equally important areas of growth.