Monte Harrison- OF Lee’s Summit West High School, Lee’s Summit MO
Harrison is 6-2 195 lb. which is a large frame with a lean athletic build that looks as if he has tremendous strength with good quick twitch athleticism. As you can tell from this video, he stands upright in the batters box with a relaxed stance and little separation of upper and lower halves which probably generates great raw bat speed. It looks like he has the necessary ingredients for power but will need more weight shift through contact to unleash it. From this angle, it is obvious his stride is too wide and the necessary weight transfer is not taking place. As with most multi-sport prep athletes, Harrison is not as polished as a hitter but has elite tools and upside. If he is able to work out the kinks of his swing and develop as a hitter, he has a chance to develop into a rare prospect. He will need a lot of at-bats at the lower levels to work on these aforementioned swing issues, so the ETA for Harrison would be at least 2017 with a more realistic expectation for 2018.
According to Baseball America, Harrison is a plus runner in the 60-yard dash, although his speed played closer to average on the showcase circuit with a swing that left him slower out of the box. But he has posted plus times this spring. He is a long-striding, gliding runner whose speed really plays underway and takes multiple bases. His arm is one of the best in the draft, consistently showing plus, if not plus-plus. His physical attributes and athleticism give the chance to be a plus defender.
“It’s hard not to dream on the premium athletes like Monte,” an American League scout told Baseball America. “You never know what they are going to turn into but he could be a perennial All-Star if everything comes together. There’s almost nothing he can’t do on the baseball field.”
A plus-plus athlete who has had a strong start to the spring, Harrison is one of the top athletes in the class and committed to Nebraska as a wide receiver after scoring 28 touchdowns and accruing more than 1,500 all-purpose yards as a senior. In basketball, Harrison, who reportedly has a 41 inch vertical leap and averaged more than 15 points a game as a senior, has an impressive reel of highlight dunks.
He has verbally committed to play both baseball and football at the University of Nebraska. Football coach Bo Pelini has heavily recruited him since his junior year and will make a strong case for him to join the squad.