Tigers Prospect Profile: Brett Harrison

The last addition to the 2011 draft class, Brett Harrison surprised many when he signed with the Tigers in the late hours of the night just before the signing deadline.

Brett Harrison
Position:Third Baseman
Height: 6-1
Weight: 185
Born: 6/9/1992
Bats: Right
Throws: Right

Harrison has been on the national draft radar for a couple of years, showing at least reasonably well in many national showcases and performing well in his regular season and in national tournaments.

Like his older brother, Harrison had committed to the University of Hawaii for college, but was swayed away from signing by the Tigers at the bitter end of the 2011 signing period, for a $125,000 bonus.

Scouting Report
Harrison has a good present body with a strong 185 pounds on his six-foot-one frame. He is lean with strength in his legs, core and arms, and there is room to add more strength without bulking up too much.

During his high school career, Harrison garnered a reputation as a fine defender at shortstop, though most scouts see him as a third baseman at the pro level.

He shows a plus arm at times and could have more than that in the future. During workouts over the last two years, teams have gotten him as high as 90 mph across the infield and have seen him in the mid- to upper-80s off the mound.

While he has good hands and can make most plays to both sides, he lacks the lateral quickness to stay in the middle of the infield. His straight line speed is solid-average at its best and he is projected to be a below-average runner as he matures. Harrison could profile well at third base with solid athleticism, good instincts and hands, and a strong arm.

Offensively, Harrison has a very small load in his swing and almost no stride. At times he looks surprised by firmer fastballs and could stand to exaggerate his trigger some to prepare himself better.

He has natural gap power that he generates with above-average raw bat speed. He has some trouble squaring balls at times but that could improve as he improves his overall load and swing mechanics. His approach is more advanced than his age would suggest. He recognizes pitches well at this early stage and should be able to put himself in good hitter's counts down the line.

His ultimate power potential does not stand out, as the most you may see is 12-18 home runs annually, provided the hitting mechanics allow his hit tool to improve to the point that the power can show through.

Harrison is a very raw player with some natural baseball skills that could help him actualize some of his tools down the line. He has a chance to develop into a solid regular at third base, but that development will require ample time and patience.


No 2011 Performance

Health Record
Harrison has not suffered any major injuries to date.

The Future
After signing so late, Harrison will be lucky to see more than a handful of games in the GCL this summer. He will likely get extended work during the Fall Instructional League and his development there and in spring training will determine his ultimate assignment for 2012.

With Jason King likely manning third base at West Michigan next year, and the development that Harrison will require, he is likely destined for the GCL in 2012 and could make his full-season debut in 2013.

As a raw high school player that will require significant developmental time, it is too early to start pegging any timetables on his big league readiness. Fans shouldn't expect Harrison to move more than one level per year at this point.

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