Earlier today we heard that Ryan Doumit and Steve Pearce would both be heading to the disabled list, which will require two additions to the 25-man roster. Pirates Prospects has learned that Josh Harrison is getting the call to the majors tomorrow for one of those spots.
Harrison is currently hitting for a .321/.361/.455 line in 134 at-bats this year at the AAA level. This follows a .300/.345/.398 campaign in 520 at-bats in 2010 at the AA level. Harrison was originally acquired in the trade that sent Tom Gorzelanny and John Grabow to the Chicago Cubs. He was acquired along with Kevin Hart and Jose Ascanio.
Harrison will have to be added to the 40-man roster. Currently there is a spot open, although Dusty Brown is also expected to be called up, so a spot will have to be opened on the 40-man roster to create space for both players. So far this season, Harrison has played second base, third base, and one game at shortstop, which was his first game at the position in his pro career. He’s primarily played third base this year, and that’s where I’d expect him to see the most playing time with the Pirates, especially with Pedro Alvarez out. Harrison was ranked as the 23rd best prospect in the system in the 2011 Prospect Guide.
Tim started Pirates Prospects in 2009 from his home in Virginia, which was 40 minutes from where Pedro Alvarez made his pro debut in Lynchburg. That year, the Lynchburg Hillcats won the Carolina League championship, and Pirates Prospects was born from Tim's reporting along the way. The site has grown over the years to include many more writers, and Tim has gone on to become a credentialed MLB reporter, producing Pirates Prospects each year, and will publish his 11th Prospect Guide this offseason. He has also served as the Pittsburgh Pirates correspondent for Baseball America since 2019. Behind the scenes, Tim is an avid music lover, and most of the money he gets paid to run this site goes to vinyl records.