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Travis Harrison - 2014

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#1 B Richard

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Posted 08 April 2014 - 09:46 AM

[SIZE=3][FONT=arial]Travis Harrison | Third Base | DOB: 10/92 | Bats: Right | Draft: 2011-1

Height: 6'1" Weight: 215
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Born in Aliso Viejo of sunny Southern California, Travis Harrison (3B) was selected by the Twins with the 50th overall pick of the 2011 draft. (Fun fact: this draft pick was compensation for losing Orlando Hudson- the legacy of O-Dog lives on). Harrison was committed to go to USC, but he chose to sign with the Twins for a little over $1M. At the time of the draft, Travis was touted as one of the top HS bats in the draft.

Despite the potential of his bat, it would be unreasonable to expect Harrison to advance extremely quickly in the organization-- HS bats take time to develop. Harrison's defense needs refinement as well. He spent quite a bit of time last season working on his defense at 3B-- there is still much progress to be made with the glove. For what it's worth, I recall Seth mentioning reports of improved defense for Harrison toward the end of last year. I'm sure we all remember Sano's defense took some time to develop at 3B, so there is still quite a bit of hope that Harrison can stick at third. Where Harrison plays defensively will ultimately determine the value of his bat in the lineup. Although many believe Miguel Sano is the future of the organization at 3B, Harrison could still be an extremely valuable asset at third.


Travis has started the year at Ft. Myers. Assuming he progresses steadily, it might not be out of the question to expect him in the Twin Cities by late 2016.

Edited by B Richard, 08 April 2014 - 02:22 PM.

[SIZE=2]Bring a song and a smile for the banjo,
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#2 B Richard

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Posted 08 April 2014 - 09:46 AM

Here are Harrison's hard numbers from his first two professional seasons:

[TABLE="class: grid, width: 50, align: left"]
[TR]
[TD]Year[/TD]
[TD]Level[/TD]
[TD]PA[/TD]
[TD]AVG[/TD]
[TD]OBP[/TD]
[TD]SLG[/TD]
[TD]HR[/TD]
[TD]XBH[/TD]
[TD]BB%[/TD]
[TD]K%[/TD]
[TD]wRC+[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]2012[/TD]
[TD]Rookie[/TD]
[TD]253[/TD]
[TD].301[/TD]
[TD].383[/TD]
[TD].461[/TD]
[TD]5[/TD]
[TD]21[/TD]
[TD]9.5%[/TD]
[TD]20.2%[/TD]
[TD]138[/TD]
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[TR]
[TD]2013[/TD]
[TD]A-[/TD]
[TD]537[/TD]
[TD].253[/TD]
[TD].366[/TD]
[TD].416[/TD]
[TD]15[/TD]
[TD]43[/TD]
[TD]12.7%[/TD]
[TD]23.3%[/TD]
[TD]124[/TD]
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Although Harrison's batting average dipped in 2013, he managed to walk at an increased rate. This skill, plate discipline, will be extremely important for him in his development. It can be the make or break factor for many prospects. Striking out in 23% of plate appearances is not alarming for a power hitter like Harrison, but it is something we should certainly keep an eye on. With a walk rate north of 12%, Harrison should be able to contribute to the offense in Ft. Myers even if he does swing and miss occasionally.

Finally, it is worth noting that Harrison posted a wRC+ of 138 in rookie ball and 124 in Cedar Rapids. In simple terms, as a batter he produced runs at a rate 24% better than league average (as a 20 year old in Cedar Rapids!). This is certainly encouraging for the Twins, especially if he continues to develop his approach at the plate and shows more power.

Also worth considering: Harrison has played LF in Ft. Myers so far this year (As of 4/7). The Twins will certainly want to get a look at Harrison in the corner OF spots, but I would be surprised if he doesn't continue to get reps at 3B going forward. There is a bit of a logjam in Ft. Myers, with Niko Goodrum playing third and Jorge Polanco at short. The Twins appear to be letting each of these guys show his versatility at secondary positions. Although Harrison's bat is more valuable at 3B, he could certainly contribute at a corner OF spot if he continues to produce runs at 24% better than league average.

I will keep the thread updated with reports on Travis' development as both a hitter and fielder, including what position he plays.

Edited by B Richard, 08 April 2014 - 10:47 AM.

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#3 goulik

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Posted 08 April 2014 - 10:18 AM

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#4 B Richard

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Posted 08 April 2014 - 10:21 AM

It should be good to go now

Edited by B Richard, 08 April 2014 - 10:50 AM.

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#5 B Richard

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Posted 15 April 2014 - 09:35 AM

Update:

Travis has continued to play LF in recent games for the Miracle. Although it's still early in the season, the Twins are clearly letting him develop his fielding abilities as a corner OF.

By the way-- Travis had a hell of a game last night. He went 5-5, helping the Miracle to a 7-4 victory. On the year, he is hitting .286/.359/.343. Travis hasn't shown his power yet, but he has shown enough patience to get on base at a .359 clip. The season is young, but it will be exciting to watch a) where he plays in the field B) how patient he is at the plate c) his power numbers
[SIZE=2]Bring a song and a smile for the banjo,
Better get while the gettin's good
Catch a ride to the end of the highway
Where the neons turn to wood[/SIZE]