Monte Harrison, the Miami Marlins No. 2 minor league prospect, has been taken out of the New Orleans Baby Cakes lineup to deal with a wrist injury.
Even with an ailing right wrist, Monte Harrison, the Marlins No. 2 ranked minor league prospect is expected to be able to compete in the 2019 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, according to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com.
Harrison, who has made a living this season as a solid leadoff hitter and a base-stealing threat for the New Orleans Baby Cakes, the Marlins Triple-A affiliate, has worked to become more of an all-around player. In Jacksonville last season at the Double-A level, the 23-year-old Harrison was known for his power and his penchant for strikeouts. He worked this offseason in the Arizona Fall League and in the Pacific Coast League this season to become a better hitter.
The concentrate and attention to his game have paid off. Now, the outfielder will spend the next few games on giving his wrist a chance to heal before he returns to the lineup.
"As Frisaro wrote, “Harrison tweaked his right wrist while making a diving catch on Wednesday night. He was in the lineup at Oklahoma City on Thursday but was ultimately removed by Baby Cakes manager Keith Johnson due to some unusual and controversial circumstances."
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"“Because his wrist was bothering him, the right-handed hitting Harrison tried to stay in the game by coming to bat from the left side of the plate in the ninth inning. The problem was, he didn’t inform Johnson of his decision or of his sore wrist, and Harrison hasn’t switch-hit in his professional career. Johnson didn’t let Harrison even attempt to swing lefty, promptly pinch-hitting for Harrison.”"
Situation aside, Harrison has been part of an outfield in New Orleans that has also featured Lewis Brinson. The two were part of the deal that sent Christian Yelich to Milwaukee. Pitcher Jordan Yamamoto and Isan Diaz were also part of the package of players that moved south last season.
"“Harrison has spent time on the Minor League injured list this season with a right wrist injury and a hamstring strain,” Frisaro added. “The sore wrist he is dealing with now isn’t the same ailment that landed him on the IL at the beginning of the season.”"
Harrison and Diaz (the Marlins No. 6 minor league prospect) were named to the Futures Game earlier this week, along with Sixto Sanchez, the Marlins top minor league prospect. The pitcher is currently in Jacksonville and headlines a rotation that includes Jorge Guzman and Edward Cabrera. Sanchez was part of the trade that sent catcher J.T. Realmuto to Philadelphia prior to the start of Spring Training this year.