Josh Harrison
Josh Harrison
31-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
Pittsburgh Pirates
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Harrison has held a consistent role in Pittsburgh over the three years since his 2014 breakout, but 2017 marked the first time he produced at that level again. Although his batting average dropped for the third straight season (.272), Harrison delivered 16 homers and 12 steals, moving between second and third base enough to qualify at both positions in 2018. The home-run spike is founded on a career-high 10.0 percent HR/FB, paired with the highest flyball rate he's posted since 2013. As splits go, Harrison is good enough against righties to see near everyday playing time against them (.745 OPS) when you factor in his defensive value, but he does more damage against lefties (.857 OPS). A similar role is expected in 2018, and another uptick in value in the form of more runs scored may be in store if he returns to one of the top two spots in the batting order. While a 20-homer season isn't out of the question, expecting a combo of 10-15 homers and 10-15 steals is more prudent. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $513,000 contract with the Pirates in March of 2014.
Held out again Sunday
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September 16, 2018
Harrison is not in the lineup Sunday against the Brewers.
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This marks the second game in a row Harrison will watch from the bench as the Pirates continue to ease him back into action following a hamstring injury incurred at the end of August. Adam Frazier will man the keystone in his stead.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+14%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+5%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+15%
OPS vs LHP
2016
 
 
+20%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .789 322 42 11 36 4 .273 .335 .454
Since 2016vs Right .694 1105 121 17 105 30 .270 .312 .383
2018vs Left .682 98 11 4 11 0 .220 .276 .407
2018vs Right .650 265 29 4 24 3 .263 .300 .350
2017vs Left .857 128 19 6 11 2 .286 .375 .482
2017vs Right .745 414 47 10 36 10 .267 .328 .417
2016vs Left .810 96 12 1 14 2 .311 .344 .467
2016vs Right .674 426 45 3 45 17 .277 .303 .370
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+3%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+1%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+10%
OPS at Home
2016
 
 
+3%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .725 699 79 14 73 17 .273 .312 .412
Since 2016Away .707 728 84 14 68 17 .269 .322 .385
2018Home .661 181 18 3 19 2 .253 .300 .361
2018Away .656 182 22 5 16 1 .250 .287 .369
2017Home .810 254 30 9 23 6 .286 .346 .463
2017Away .736 288 36 7 24 6 .259 .332 .404
2016Home .687 264 31 2 31 9 .274 .287 .399
2016Away .711 258 26 2 28 10 .293 .335 .377
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How does Josh Harrison compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
BB/K
0.26
 
BB Rate
4.7%
 
K Rate
18.2%
 
BABIP
.287
 
ISO
.114
 
AVG
.251
 
OBP
.294
 
SLG
.365
 
OPS
.659
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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It's pretty well established that Harrison's 2014 campaign was the outlier. He hit 13 homers that year but has gone deep only 15 times (combined) in his five other seasons. In 2016, Harrison started 122 games at second base, more than double his highest previous total (57 games). At the beginning of August, he was batting .266/.297/.375 primarily as a sixth or seventh hitter when Pittsburgh slotted him into the leadoff spot. In his final 33 games, Harrison hit .326/.345/.420 before suffering a season-ending groin injury. He's too much of a free swinger to profile as an ideal leadoff man, but he may be Pittsburgh's best choice once again in 2017. Harrison swiped a career-high 19 bases (on 23 attempts) and while he's hit .283 or better in each of the last three seasons, his lack of power limits his overall fantasy value.
Harrison followed up his 2014 All-Star campaign with an uneven roller coaster ride in 2015. Slowed by a chronic ankle injury in spring training, he got off to a dreadful start, hitting .173/.209/.282 in his first 117 plate appearances. Perhaps he was pressing after signing a $27.3 million deal in the offseason. From that point on, Harrison hit .328/.369/.429 in his final 332 plate appearances, though a torn thumb ligament in early July forced him to miss six weeks. With Aramis Ramirez retired, Neil Walker traded to the Mets, and Jung-Ho Kang recovering from a serious knee injury, manager Clint Hurdle figures to write Harrison’s name in the lineup nearly everyday in 2016. The odds are against the Cincinnati native hitting 13 homers again in spacious PNC Park, but a batting average in the .280-plus range with double-digits steals isn’t out of the question.
The opportunistic Harrison turned several years of utility play into a full-time gig at third base in 2014 and never looked back. Despite struggling to crack the Opening Day roster, the multi-positional 27-year-old settled into Pedro Alvarez's prior spot at the hot corner and produced a .315/.347/.490 line with 38 doubles, 13 homers and 18 steals in 550 plate appearances. He enters 2015 with a leg up on the competition at third base, but it's possible he could move around the infield/outfield due to injuries or a return to form by Alvarez. General manager Neal Huntington confirmed Harrison as his third baseman, but with only one season as a starter, there are still a number of skeptics. He's not the safest pick, but he offers more defensive versatility than nearly any other starter in the major leagues.
The versatile Harrison saw his time in the big leagues shrink in 2013. The 26-year-old infielder/outfielder totaled only 88 at-bats in the majors, after batting 249 times in 2012. The addition of Jordy Mercer into the mix took away some of Harrison's backup playing time, and there's no guarantee he gets any of it back in 2014. Harrison hit .317 with an .880 OPS at Triple-A but compiled a .250 batting average, three homers, and 14 RBI for the Bucs. On the positive side, he hit .350 with a .981 OPS in 40 at-bats against lefties. While Harrison might not have enough of a role to merit consideration on draft day, he has the ability to go on short spurts that can help owners as an in-season, waiver-wire pickup.
If only every major leaguer played with the passion and reckless abandon Harrison exhibits, baseball would be the better for it. From a fantasy perspective, however, he's little more than a waiver-wire option. Harrison hit .233/.279/.345 in 249 at-bats last year after batting a punchless .272 as a rookie. As a right-handed batter, PNC Park's dimensions don't play well for whatever power he does have. He'll qualify in many leagues at both second base (28 games) and shortstop (25), but there's simply not enough oomph in his bat for fantasy owners.
Harrison's lack of fear served him well in 2011. The Pirates recalled him with little fanfare at the beginning of June and he responded with an impressive 88 percent contact rate, a number in stark contrast to Pedro Alvarez's 66 percent. From a fantasy perspective, the infielder offers little more than a decent batting average -- he has a career .306 minor league mark and hit .272 with Pittsburgh (in 195 at-bats). He lacks power and is blocked by Neil Walker at second base, making Harrison little more than a bat off the bench. The Pirates figure to use him in a reserve role with an opportunity to fill in due to injury.
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Out of lineup Saturday
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September 15, 2018
Harrison is not starting Saturday against the Brewers, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports.
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Back on bench
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September 11, 2018
Harrison is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Cardinals.
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Homers in return
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September 11, 2018
Harrison went 1-for-4 with his eighth homer in Monday's loss to the Cardinals.
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Returns to starting lineup Monday
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September 10, 2018
Harrison will bat sixth and play second base Monday in St. Louis.
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Remains on bench
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September 8, 2018
Harrison is not in the starting nine against Miami on Saturday.
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