August 8, 2017 - Carolina League (CarL) - Carolina Mudcats
ZEBULON, N.C. - The Carolina Mudcats, the Class-A Advanced affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers, and the Carolina League are excited to announce today that outfielder Monte Harrison was named the Carolina League Player of the Week for the week ending on August 6. Harrison hit .344/.364/.719 with a league high three home runs from July 31 through August 6.
Harrison, 21, began his award winning week going 3-for-5 on both July 31 and August 1 against the visiting Down East Wood Ducks at Five County Stadium. His three hit night on August 1 included two home runs, two runs and three RBIs. Harrison then hit a three-run home run the very next night on August 2 while going 2-for-5 with two runs and his second straight three RBI night.
In all, Harrison totaled a 1.082 OPS with a league high 11 hits between July 31 and August 6. He also totaled three doubles, three home runs, seven RBIs and six runs over the award winning seven game stretch.
The last week's worth of games also began with Harrison making both national and local headlines with a highlight reel diving catch at Five County Stadium on July 31. Video of the play was submitted to ESPN and later reached the No. 1 spot of SportsCenter's nightly Top 10 plays segment. The play was also featured on local television stations including WNCN and WTVD.
The play also gained online viral attention as it was viewed over 700,000 times on Instagram (as of August 7) and earned nearly 60,000 impressions on the Mudcats' Twitter page (@CarolinaMudcats). Video of the play was also featured prominently MiLB.com and across Minor League Baseball's social media accounts.
Overall, Harrison is batting .260/.345/.483 and has totaled 19 home runs and 18 stolen bases between Low-A Wisconsin and High-A Carolina this season. He is currently one of 13 MiLB players with at least 15 home runs and at least 15 stolen bases this season.
Harrison joins teammate Lucas Erceg as the only two Mudcats' players to win the Carolina League Player of the Week award this season. Erceg was named the Carolina League's Player of the Week during the previous week of play, giving the Mudcats back-to-back Player of the Week award winners. The weekly honor was the first of both Harrison and Erceg's career.