KJ Harrison

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KJ Harrison
Washington Nationals
Catcher / First baseman
Born: (1996-08-11) August 11, 1996 (age 23)
Kailua, Hawaii
Bats: Right Throws: Right

Kainoa John "KJ" Harrison (born August 11, 1996) is an American professional baseball catcher and first baseman in the Washington Nationals organization. He played college baseball for the Oregon State Beavers of Oregon State University.

Career[edit]

Harrison attended Punahou School in Honolulu, Hawaii. The Cleveland Indians selected him in the 25th round, with the 758th overall selection, of the 2014 MLB draft,[1] but he opted not to sign.[2]

Harrison enrolled at Oregon State University to play college baseball for the Oregon State Beavers. As a freshman, in 2015, he played as a first baseman,[3] and led the Pac-12 Conference with 60 runs batted in.[4] He was named a Freshman All-American, the Pac-12 Conference Freshman of the Year, and the Pac-12 Conference First Team first baseman. He played collegiate summer baseball for the Corvallis Knights of the West Coast League.[5][6] He was named a Preseason All-American in 2016.[4] He was again named an All-Pac-12 first baseman for 2016. In the summer of 2016, Harrison played for the Wareham Gatemen of the Cape Cod Baseball League and the United States national collegiate baseball team.[7] On June 19, 2017, Harrison hit the first grand slam in the College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park.[8]

The Milwaukee Brewers selected Harrison in the third round, with the 84th overall selection, of the 2017 MLB draft.[9] Harrison signed with the Brewers for a $667,000 signing bonus, and was assigned to the Helena Brewers of the Rookie-level Pioneer League.[10] He spent all of 2017 with Helena, posting a .308 batting average with ten home runs and 33 RBIs.[11] Harrison began the 2018 season with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers of the Class A Midwest League.[12]

On August 31, 2018, Harrison and Gilbert Lara were traded to the Washington Nationals in exchange for Gio González.[13] He split the 2019 season between the Hagerstown Suns and the Potomac Nationals, hitting a combined .266/.363/.435/.798 with 13 home runs and 63 RBI.

Personal life[edit]

His father, Kenny Harrison, is a former professional baseball player.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Yamamoto, Squier, Cooper all drafted on Day 3". Star-Advertiser. June 7, 2014. Retrieved November 23, 2016.
  2. ^ "KJ Harrison, Oregon State Beavers first baseman, works out of hitting slump | OregonLive.com". oregonlive.com. Retrieved November 24, 2016.
  3. ^ Gazette-Times, STEVE GRESS Corvallis. "OSU baseball: Harrison makes early splash at the plate for Beavers". Retrieved November 23, 2016.
  4. ^ a b Democrat-Herald, Albany. "OSU baseball: KJ Harrison named preseason first-team all-American by Perfect Game". Retrieved November 23, 2016.
  5. ^ KHON, Spencer Honda special to (June 4, 2015). "Punahou grad Harrison named Freshman All-American". Retrieved November 23, 2016.
  6. ^ "Punahou alum Harrison named Pac-12 freshman of the year". Retrieved November 23, 2016.
  7. ^ Spangler, Sam (June 15, 2016). "Kailua's KJ Harrison selected to United States national team". Retrieved November 23, 2016.
  8. ^ Press, Associated (June 19, 2017). "KJ Harrison hits first CWS grand slam at TD Ameritrade in Beavers rout of LSU". Latimes.com. Retrieved April 11, 2018.
  9. ^ "KJ Harrison drafted by the Brewers in third round of MLB draft - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL". Hawaii News Now. Retrieved April 11, 2018.
  10. ^ Tsai, Stephen (July 5, 2017). "KJ Harrison signs with Milwaukee Brewers". Staradvertiser.com. Retrieved April 11, 2018.
  11. ^ "KJ Harrison Stats, Highlights, Bio". MiLB.com. Retrieved November 17, 2017.
  12. ^ "Timber Rattlers players prepare for cold, start of new baseball season". The Post-Crescent. April 3, 2018. Retrieved April 11, 2018.
  13. ^ Adam McCalvy (August 31, 2018). "Brewers acquire Gio, Grandy among 3 trades". MLB.com. Retrieved October 11, 2019.
  14. ^ "Harrison looking forward to MLB draft". Hawaii News Now. June 3, 2014. Retrieved November 23, 2016.

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