Josh Harrison is having a career year this season for the Pirates but can he keep it up?
Analysis: Harrison is batting .296 this season, with 5 home runs, 9 stolen bases and 33 runs scored. The twenty-seven year old is a career .264 hitter. Harrison’s BABIP this year is about forty points above his career average so that accounts for his unusually high batting average. He does have some pop and a bit of speed but his stolen base total suffers from his low walk rate. Typically guys hitting .296 have a better OBP than .332. Harrison’s 4.9% walk rate is 6th lowest in baseball among outfielders.
Harrison has spent most of his time in the outfield(36 games) for the Pirates this year but he does have position eligibility at second base and third base. He is a useful fantasy player at the moment but he will lose tons of value as soon as his batting average drops off. Keep in mind that Harrison stuck out at a lower clip last year and he still hit just .250.
Josh Harrison is available in 10-30% of fantasy leagues.