- Name: Harrison Bragg
- Classification: Sophomore
- Junior College: Tacoma (WA) Community College
- High School: Lakes High School (Lakewood, WA)
- Position: Third Base
- HT-WT: 6-foot-4, 215
- Colleges of Interest: Signed with Mississippi State
Mississippi State's recruitment of Bragg was a whirlwind affair.
"They started recruiting me a couple of weeks ago," said the power-hitting third baseman. "Me and a couple of buddies of mine went over to hit at my old summer team facility and they were in town and stopped by and liked what they saw. (Their coach) gave me a call the next Saturday, made an offer and I accepted it the next Sunday."
He explained why he decided to sign with Mississippi State.
"I knew they had been to the College World Series and ended up doing pretty well," said Bragg. "And one of our former players from TCC played there during the 2013-2014 seasons, Seth Heck. And another important factor was that they play in the SEC, so they play all of the top teams. Their conference is big-time. That was a huge factor. Also, I liked how the coach talked, how he spoke to me. I can see the relationship that he has with his players. I like that relationship."
The plans are for him to play third base for State.
"Mississippi State mainly recruited me for third base," said Bragg. "Defensively, they liked me at third because of my quick feet and that I can easily read the ball. They also liked my hands. Hitting-wise they liked that my swing is short and compact but also that it is a power swing. They feel like I can put up a few runs in the middle of the order if I continue to hit well."
Third base is the position that he is most familiar with, although he is very versatile and can play several positions.
"For TCC I mainly play third base but during the summer I move around in the outfield and play first base now and again," said Bragg. "But I can play anywhere, although third is my main position."
In addition to Mississippi State Bragg had interest from several other schools.
"Campbell University showed interest in me and I visited there," he said. "The University of South Alabama showed interest. Also, the University of Central Florida, Washington State, Georgia State and Iowa all showed interest in me."
He is also receiving some pro baseball interest.
"A couple of pro scouts have called my coach about me, but, as of now, I am more focused on going to Mississippi State and having fun there," said Bragg.
As a freshman, Bragg hit .306 in 134 at bats with 9 doubles, 1 triple, 7 home runs and knocked in 28 runs.
Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the GenesPage.com website, the source for Mississippi State sports on Scout.com sports network.