Monte Harrison wins NL Rookie of the Year Award
I can’t wait to see what Monte Harrison can do on the next level.
If he can showcase his power at the plate, combined with a defensive presence in the outfield and speed on the base pads, it’s quite possible the Marlins prospect could become a true five-tool player in the Majors.
First, Harrison needs to make the roster out of camp. And second, he needs to beat out several veterans and other prospects who are looking to call Miami their home in 2020. Next, he must continue to grow as a hitter, where he struck out over 200 times in Jacksonville two seasons ago. Working on his plate awareness last season in New Orleans helped him to become a more effective heater. And he has also spent time in the Arizona Fall League, where he received plenty of instruction on how to hit the ball better.
Should Harrison make the roster, the question then becomes which veterans drop in the pecking order? Lewis Brinson is one of them who may be on the outside looking in. Austin Dean may have a hard time making this roster. And then there’s Magneuris Sierra, who has all the speed in the world and would make a solid leadoff hitter, but he has no power to speak of.
With all of the movement the Marlins have made in this off-season, it’s easy to forget what a great talent Harrison is. That plays in his favor. If he is one of those under the radar players who impress this spring, there’s no telling what he can accomplish in his first year on the MLB level.