JUSTIN HARRER, CENTER FIELDER
|Born: March 2, 1997
Height: 6′ 2″
Drafted: 35th Round, 1044th Overall, 2018
How Acquired: Draft
College: Washington State University
WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE
|Harrer had a .253/.341/.468 line in 190 at-bats this year for Washington State in 2018. He improved his power over his last two years, although it came with a high strikeout rate of around 27-28%. He runs well. Harrer could serve as a utility player with the lower level teams. He signed quickly and the Pirates sent him to the GCL.
Harrer served as the primary center fielder in the GCL, although he also played a few games in left and right. He didn’t play at all in the infield. For some reason, the Pirates went heavily with college players in the GCL, which of course meant they were old for the level. Harrer hit for good power, but struggled a great deal to make contact.
Harrer started off in extended spring training, but the Pirates sent him to Greensboro in mid-May. He played semi-regularly the rest of the year. With, at various times, Lolo Sanchez, Jonah Davis and Fabricio Macias available, he didn’t see any time in center. Harrer hit for some power and had a solid walk rate, but didn’t make contact consistently. He had one big month, with a .987 OPS in July, and otherwise didn’t hit well. He had a very large reverse platoon split, with a .756 OPS against RHPs and .553 against LHPs.
Harrer probably figures to be an organizational outfielder, but he at least offers some power and speed.
|2021: Minor league contract
MiLB Debut: 2018
MiLB FA Eligible: 2024
MLB FA Eligible:
Rule 5 Eligible: 2021
Added to 40-Man:
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
|June 6, 2018: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 35th round, 1044th overall pick; signed on June 14.|