Josh Harrison

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Josh Harrison
Josh Harrison in 2017 (35149702545).jpg
Harrison with the Pittsburgh Pirates
Pittsburgh Pirates – No. 5
Infielder
Born: (1987-07-08) July 8, 1987 (age 30)
Cincinnati, Ohio
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
May 31, 2011, for the Pittsburgh Pirates
MLB statistics
(through August 26, 2017)
Batting average .282
Hits 685
Home runs 44
Runs batted in 232
Stolen bases 72
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Joshua Isaiah "Josh" Harrison (born July 8, 1987) is a third baseman and outfielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Early life[edit]

Harrison began playing tee ball at the age of three years. Before playing in organized baseball, Harrison displayed interest in the game. Using a fork from his home's kitchen as a bat and a balled-up piece of paper, Harrison played makeshift baseball with his older brother, Vince, who pitched the paper to him.[1]

Harrison played shortstop at Princeton High School in Cincinnati, Ohio.

College career[edit]

Prior to his professional career, Harrison played second base while attending the University of Cincinnati. In 2008, he was the Big East Conference's Co-Player of the Year. Harrison was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 6th round of the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft becoming the first Bearcat drafted in the first ten rounds since Kevin Youkilis was taken in the eighth round of the 2001 MLB Draft by the Boston Red Sox.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Chicago Cubs[edit]

He was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 6th round of the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft. On July 30, 2009, the Cubs traded Harrison, along with Kevin Hart, and José Ascanio to the Pittsburgh Pirates for pitchers John Grabow and Tom Gorzelanny.[3]

Pittsburgh Pirates[edit]

Harrison had his contract purchased by the Pirates on May 30, 2011.[4] Harrison made his major league debut on May 31, 2011, and recorded his first Major League hit, off New York Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey. On May 18, 2012, he broke up Justin Verlander's no-hitter in the ninth inning, which would have been the third no-hitter of Verlander's career.

Harrison was optioned to the Triple-A Indianapolis Indians on April 14, 2013.[5] He was recalled on May 7 when James McDonald was placed on the disabled list. Harrison was optioned back to Indianapolis on May 8 when Duke Welker was recalled.[6] Harrison was optioned back to Indianapolis on May 31.[7]

Josh Harrison waves to fans before a spring training game in March, 2016.
Josh Harrison playing with the Pirates during Spring Training in 2016.

On July 6, 2014, Harrison was selected to his first career All-Star Game, along with teammates Andrew McCutchen and Tony Watson.[8] At the time of his selection, Harrison was hitting .298 through 72 games. Harrison also had played 5 different positions throughout the season, and was listed as a utility player for the All-Star Game.

Despite his role as a utility player throughout the 2014 season, Harrison played in 143 games and stood at bat enough times to qualify for the NL batting title. Finishing the season with a .315 batting average, Josh came in second to Justin Morneau of the Colorado Rockies. Morneau won the title with a .319 average after sitting out the team's final two games, one of which lasted twelve innings.

Since then, Harrison has played multiple positions for the Pirates. He spends most of his time at third base following Pedro Álverez's move to 1st Base. Harrison finished 2014 with the best statistics of his career with a .315 batting average (second in the NL), 13 home runs, 52 runs batted in, and finished ninth in voting for NL MVP.[9]

Harrison began the 2015 season as the starting third baseman for the Pirates, agreeing to a four-year contract extension through 2018, with club options for 2019 and 2020, shortly after the season's start.[10]

Following the 2015 season, the Pirates' regular starting Second baseman, Neil Walker, was traded to the New York Mets. Josh Harrison is slated to begin the 2016 season starting at second base.

On August 23, 2017, against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Harrison became the first player in MLB history to break up a no-hitter in extra innings with a walk-off home run. The home run was hit in the tenth inning, off of pitcher Rich Hill, to give the Pirates a 1-0 win.[11][12] On September 3, 2017, Harrison went on the disabled list due to a fracture of the fifth metacarpal on his left hand.[13]

Personal[edit]

Harrison is the nephew of former Major League outfielder and current Milwaukee Brewers coach John Shelby. Harrison's brother, Vince Harrison, played minor league baseball from 2001-2011, before joining the Pirates organization as a player-coach.[1][14]

Beginning in 2014, Harrison started a youth baseball camp for kids and teens in Cincinnati.[15] Harrison's brother Vince also sponsors and helps with the event.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Williams, Tim (March 4, 2012). "The Harrison Brothers Making Their Way in the Pirates Organization". 
  2. ^ "UC Baseball's Josh Harrison Taken in Sixth Round by Cubs". GoBearcats.com. June 5, 2008. 
  3. ^ Staats, Wayne (July 30, 2009). "Pirates get three for Grabow, Gorzelanny". 
  4. ^ "Pirates place Doumit, Pearce on 15-day DL". Associated Press. Sacramento Bee. May 30, 2011. [permanent dead link]
  5. ^ Singer, Tom (April 14, 2013). "Bucs send Harrison to Triple-A Indianapolis". mlb.com. Retrieved May 7, 2013. 
  6. ^ Wilmoth, Charlie (May 8, 2013). "Pirates promote Duke Welker, option Josh Harrison". Retrieved May 8, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Pirates Send Josh Harrison Back To Indianapolis, Recall Alex Presley". May 31, 2013. Retrieved May 31, 2013. 
  8. ^ David Manel (July 6, 2014). "Josh Harrison, Andrew McCutchen and Tony Watson are All-Stars". Bucs Dugout. 
  9. ^ "Josh Harrison". baseball-reference.com. Retrieved December 8, 2014. 
  10. ^ Singer, Tom. "Pirates, Harrison agree to four-year extension". MLB.com. Retrieved April 8, 2015. 
  11. ^ Biertempfel, Bob (August 23, 2017). "History at PNC Park! Pirates' Josh Harrison ends Rich Hill's no-hit bid with walk-off homer". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved August 24, 2017. 
  12. ^ Berry, Adam; Gurnick, Ken. "Josh Harrison hits walk-off HR, ending Rich Hill's chance of a no-no". MLB. Retrieved August 23, 2017. 
  13. ^ "Josh Harrison goes on DL with left hand fracture". MLB. Retrieved September 3, 2017. 
  14. ^ Williams, Tim (November 9, 2011). "Pirates Sign Six Minor League Free Agents". 
  15. ^ "Harrison Brothers Baseball Camp" (PDF). CBS Academy. Archived from the original (PDF) on January 28, 2016. Retrieved January 28, 2016. 
  16. ^ "Harrison holds MLK Day baseball camp for kids". MLB.com. Archived from the original on January 28, 2016. Retrieved January 28, 2016. 

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