50 in 50: Travis Harrison

Draft : : Top Prospects
       
Published: Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Travis Harrison

Bats-Throws:                R-R
Height/Weight:             6-2/215
Hometown:                   Aliso Viejo, Calif.
College Commitment:  Southern California
Birthdate:                     Oct. 17, 1992

SCOUTING PROFILE: Harrison has been one of the nation’s most closely-scrutinized players since his pre-high school days. He often competed against and was routinely compared to Bryce Harper, the first overall pick in the 2010 draft. They frequently matched each other home-run-for-home-run in youth-league competitions, before even entering high school. Harrison also competed in Perfect Game events at an early age and may have played more frequently in front of PG scouts over the years than any player in the organization’s history, winning numerous MVP awards (and Aflac All-American honors) along the way. With all his exposure, there are few players in the 2011 high-school draft class that scouts have seen more or have a firmer handle on his talent. That can be viewed as a mixed blessing for any player, though, even one as talented as Harrison. On the obvious plus side is Harrison’s massive raw power, strength and hitting ability, which rank firmly with any high-school prospect in the country. His righthanded swing combines excellent bat speed with a short path to the ball, and Harrison has the type of patience and plate coverage that finds him rarely overmatched, even against the best pitchers in the country. An added benefit of Harrison’s extended exposure to scouts has been the obvious realization that he enjoys playing the game and ranks with any player in his desire to be on the field. His steady on-field hustle and effort are admirable qualities, and the powerful ABD Bulldogs have not traveled anywhere in the country for the past four years without Harrison in the lineup, ready to play. While scouts have bemoaned the relatively-thin class of high-school talent in Southern California this spring, Harrison’s performance has stood out. Through games of April 20, he was hitting .547-8-25 with 20 walks in 19 games.

Projected Draft Position: Late First Round/Compensation Round.

--DAVID RAWNSLEY

Perfect Game Events Attended
    2005 SoCA Pre-High Showcase
    2006 Valencia Pre HS Showcase
    2007 West Freshman Top Prospect Showcase
    2008 California Underclass Showcase
    2008 California All Star Games
    2008 Sunshine West Showcase
    2008 WWBA 2008 Grads or 18u National Championship
    2008 WWBA 2009 Grads or 17u National Championship
    2008 2010 Grads National Showcase
    2008 PG Showcase at AFLAC All American Game
    2009 California Underclass Showcase
    2009 Sunshine West Showcase
    2009 Junior National Showcase
    2009 WWBA 2009 Grads or 18u National Championship
    2009 WWBA 2010 Grads or 17u National Championship
    2009 2011 Grads National Showcase Tournament
    2009 PG Showcase at AFLAC All American Game
    2009 PG National Championship (Upperclass)
    2009 PG National Championship (Underclass)
    2009 WWBA World Championship
    2010 California Underclass
    2010 National Showcase
    2010 WWBA 2010 Grads or 18u National Championship
    2010 WWBA 2011 Grads or 17u National Championship
    2010 AFLAC All-American Game
    2010 PG/EvoShield National Championship (Upperclass)
    2010 WWBA World Championship


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