Monte Harrison chose to pass on a scholarship to play football and baseball at the University of Nebraska for a $1.83 million bonus from the Brewers.
Harrison is obviously a tremendous athlete as a three sport star in high school with the ability to play two at the Division I level. Unlike many other athletic players, Harrison's abilities are more refined on the ball field.
Harrison is 6'2" 195 lbs with a long, lean and athletic frame. He ran a 6.65 60 yard dash and that speed translates to the base paths and outfield. In the outfield Harrison has shown well covering lots of ground in center while showing a strong arm. His throws from the outfield have been clocked at 97 MPH with accuracy.
As good as Harrison is in the outfield, his future will be decided in the batter's box. As a three sport athlete from a Midwest state, Harrison lacks the experience of other high level prospects. He has shown great, consistent bat speed and has a solid approach to build off of.
This past season, leading up to the draft, Harrison made tremendous strides at the plate. Hopefully this will be a sign of things to come now that now that he will be focusing on baseball full time.
This is going to be a very important development project for the Brewers. Patience as always will be important, but especially early on in Harrison's minor league career given his background.