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K.J. Harrison

#12 | 1B | NationalsWAS
Fredericksburg Nationals Fredericksburg Nationals
K.J. Harrison
Name: Kainoa John Harrison
Born: Aug 11, 1996 in Kailua, HI
College: Oregon State
High School: Punahou HS, Honolulu
Ht.: 6'0" / Wt.: 208 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
Drafted in the 3rd round (84th overall) by the Milwaukee Brewers in 2017 (signed for $667,000)
A prep catcher in Hawaii, Harrison was an unsigend 25th-round pick out of high school who immediately starred at Oregon State as a freshman. He hit 10 homers and ranked among the top 30 in the country in RBIs, but he slumped as a sophomore both in the spring and in the summer as he became too pull-conscious. As a junior, he'd helped power Oregon State to 10 straight weeks at No. 1, adopting more of an all-fields approach that had led to more contact and a higher average but less power. After hitting 10 homers in each of his first two seasons, Harrison had five through mid-May as a junior. Scouts see good bat-to-ball skills, an improved plate approach and solid-average power from Harrison, who shifted to first base for his first two seasons in deference to 2016 second-round pick Logan Ice. As a junior, Harrison has remained at first base primarily but has played in four games behind the plate after catching a couple of times last summer in the Cape Cod League. Several area scouts have him turned in as a catcher, while others see a fringe-average runner who could move to left field, or possibly even right field thanks to his solid-average arm. A team that projects him as a catcher could take him in the second round, and his polished college bat could push him that high anyway.
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