Marlins prospect Monte Harrison ranked in AFL Top 25

SURPRISE, AZ - NOVEMBER 03: AFL East All-Star, Monte Harrison #4 of the Miami Marlins bats during the Arizona Fall League All Star Game at Surprise Stadium on November 3, 2018 in Surprise, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
SURPRISE, AZ - NOVEMBER 03: AFL East All-Star, Monte Harrison #4 of the Miami Marlins bats during the Arizona Fall League All Star Game at Surprise Stadium on November 3, 2018 in Surprise, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /
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After a successful season in the desert, Miami Marlins No. 2 prospect Monte Harrison listed as part of the Arizona Fall League’s Top 25 players.

The Miami Marlins have to be pleased with the progress of their No. 2 prospect Monte Harrison has displayed while playing in the Arizona Fall League. The outfielder showed more poise at the plate while still showing off the power that makes him one of the bright stars of the organization’s future.

As Jim Callis of MLB.com wrote, Harrison was noticed amongst some of the best prospects in the minor leagues this past season.

"“The high school three-sport star might have been the best all-around athlete in the Fall League as a 6-foot-3, 220-pounder with impressive power, speed, and arm strength,” Callis wrote. “He also made progress at the plate, employing a more measured approach after leading the Minors with 215 strikeouts.”"

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Harrison’s success was something the Marlins counted on when they acquired him as part of the package of players sent to them from the Milwaukee Brewers in the deal for Christian Yelich. While Yelich won the MVP this season in the National League, Miami got Harrison along with fellow outfielder Lewis Brinson, infielder Isan Diaz, and pitcher Jordan Yamamoto – all four should impact this team by 2020.

What may also halt Harrison’s progress to the Majors is the progression of the top prospect, Victor Mesa. Where does he fit in the team’s plans and will he be on the 25-man roster at the start of the season?

There are five prospects who can play in right field now, according to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com. One of them may slide over to left field, which further complicates the move to bring any other players up from the minors unless there are injuries.

This is a good thing to have, especially since the team’s farm system has been void of top stars for a few years now.

When assessing candidates to play in left field next season, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com was more than complimentary of Harrison, adding he was one of the most watched players in Arizona and should be another player to gain attention in February.

"“Miami’s No. 2 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline, Harrison recently was added to the 40-man roster. The 23-year-old slugger will be one of the most watched players in Spring Training because he is getting closer to being big-league ready,” he wrote."

I believe it is still going to be at least one more minor league season before you see him on the 25-man roster on Opening Day.

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