Josh Harrison, Utility Player, Pittsburgh Pirates, #5
Date of Birth: 7/8/1987
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio
College: University of Cincinnati
Current Salary: $7,750,000
Josh Harrison, utility player for the Pittsburgh Pirates, was first drafted by the Chicago Cubs in 2008. After just one year in the Cubs' minor league system, he was traded to the Pirates in July, 2009. He then continued in the minor leagues through part of 2011.
Harrison joined the Pirates for 65 games in 2011. He finished the season with 53 hits, 13 doubles, and a .272 batting average. The following season, he played in 104 games but he didn't play as well, finishing with 58 hits and a .233 batting average. In 2013, he split his time between the Pirates and the minor leagues. In 60 games with the Pirates, he had just 22 hits and a .250 batting average.
Harrison had a strong 2014 season, finishing with 164 hits, 38 doubles, 52 RBIs, 18 stolen bases, and a .315 batting average. Defensively, he assisted the Pirates in both the infield and the outfield, playing at five positions (shortstop, second base, third base, left field, right field).
Harrison finished the 2015 season with 120 hits, 29 doubles, and a .287 batting average in 114 games. Defensively, he played 37 games at second base and 72 games at third base. He had one strikeout in three at-bats in the postseason Wild Card game.
In 2016, Harrison batted .283 with 138 hits, 25 doubles, and career highs in stolen bases (19) and RBIs (59) in 131 games. Defensively, as the Pirates' second baseman in 128 games, he made 366 assists, 97 double plays, 262 putouts, and 7 errors.
Career batting statistics for Harrison through 2016 include:
- 617 games played
- 555 hits
- 115 doubles
- 185 RBIs
- 299 strikeouts to 74 walks
- .284 batting average
Career fielding statistics for Harrison as an infielder through 2016 include:
- 227 games played at second base, 215 games played at third base, 37 games played at shortstop
- 1,024 assists
- 196 double plays
- 548 putouts
- 38 errors