The Milwuakee Brewers have selected Oregon State first baseman KJ Harrison with the 84th overall pick in the third round
Oregon State first baseman KJ Harrison has been selected by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 2017 MLB draft. Milwaukee used their third round pick to acquire the rights to the 6 foot 210 pound Hawaii native who has spent the last three years representing Oregon State.
KJ Harrison, who was drafted in the 25th round by Cleveland out of high school, has been a steady contributor to the middle of the lineup his entire Oregon State career. The catcher turned first baseman is in the midst of a junior season that has seen him hit .330 with 8 home runs and 39 RBI while playing solid defense at first base. Harrison improved from a down sophomore year at the plate which saw him hit (256), while his recent surge in power (two home runs in the past two games) has opposing pitchers struggling to pitch to him. The biggest question is where do the Brewers see KJ’s future on the diamond. It appears by the announcement of his pick that they plan move him back to catcher, but the rigors of the position that he has only played sparingly the past two seasons, may affect his production at the plate. The Brewers currently have former OSU catcher Adrew Susac in their organization.
While it is likely that the College World Series will be the last time Harrison dons the orange and black, he does have the option of passing on the pros to stay in college for one more season.