Monte Harrison was considered to be one of the biggest snubs to be left off Miami’s Opening Day roster. He’ll be ready to show why he deserves his place when he debuts on Tuesday night in Baltimore. According to Craig Mish, the Marlins have added their prospect to the team’s 30-man roster.
The No. 9 prospect in the Marlins organization had a terrific spring slate, batting .360 with 4 RBI and .987 OPS. However, the Marlins chose Magneuris Sierra over him for the last outfield spot. Sierra became a backup to the trio of outfield starters and drove in two runs in two games.
Nevertheless, with the team’s COVID-related issues and shortage of players for the time being, there’s no reason why Harrison shouldn’t play regularly.
According to sources within the club, Miami’s lineup won’t be as greatly affected as the rotation. Jonathan Villar, Jesus Aguilar, Corey Dickerson, and Miguel Rojas are all expected to be healthy for Tuesday’s game. Sandy Alcantara and Jose Urena, meanwhile, are both questionable after battling the virus. The team initially had 18 of 30 players down on the COVID-19 list.
Per MLB’s revised schedule, the Marlins will resume play in a four-game series starting August 4th at Camden Yards. The original plan was for two home and two away games. However, all four games have now shifted north to Baltimore. In addition, MLB will consider Miami the “home” team for two games. The slate will also feature a doubleheader.
It remains unknown when the Marlins will make their season debut at their home park in South Florida.
Harrison spent six years in the Marlins’ and Brewers’ minor-league systems, batting .245/.333/.400 with 61 homeruns and 221 RBI. Last year in Triple-A, Monte hit 9 homers and posted a .274 batting average in 56 games in New Orleans. His best statistical campaign was 2017 when he hit 21 big flies, accompanied by 67 RBI and a career-high .832 OPS, in Single-A.
Monte Harrison has long been a serious candidate for a roster spot. His presence could bring much-needed power to the Marlins lineup if he goes on a hot streak. He wasn’t exactly a hitter that major-league pitchers should be scared of while in the minors. However, his upside seems to be so good that he was making a push to become the DH before being sent to Jupiter altogether. He has struggled to get on-base, which will force Don Mattingly to slot him low in the batting order, likely seventh or ninth.
Also returning to the team are Matt Joyce and Eddy Alvarez. The team made a number of acquisitions during the week. Notable names included Logan Forsythe, Richard Bleier, and Pat Venditte, among others.
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