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5 Josh Harrison 3B
Height/Weight: 5-8/200 | Birthdate: 7/8/1987 | Birthplace: Cincinnati, OH | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Pittsburgh | College: None | MLB Experience: 4 | Salary: $503,000 | Owned/Started%: 96/89 | Average Draft Position: 232.62
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Josh Harrison will be Pittsburgh's 'regular' 3B in 2015


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/11/2014) Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said Tuesday infielder Josh Harrison will be the team's "regular" third baseman in 2015, per MLB.com. Although, Huntington did leave the door open for Pedro Alvarez to receive some starts at third base as well.

"His (best) fit is at first, but we'll keep Pedro's versatility in mind," Huntington said.


Josh Harrison the only bright spot Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/1/2014) Pirates infielder Josh Harrison was the lone bright spot Wednesday night.

Harrison was the only player on the club to collect two hits during the outing. In his final two at-bats, Harrison hit two singles. The Pirates managed just four hits off Madison Bumgarner during the contest. Half of those came from Harrison's bat. Harrison enjoyed a breakout during the regular season, hitting .315/.347/.490 over 520 at-bats. 


Josh Harrison extends hit streak to 14 games Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/27/2014) Pirates third baseman Josh Harrison went 1 for 4 in his team's 3-1 win over the Reds Friday to extend his hitting streak to 14 games.

Though he hasn't managed to homer in September, Harrison has continued to be a tough out, hitting .344/.357/.417 in 96 at-bats. While he didn't enter the season as a starter, the versatile player has certainly worked his way into Pittsburgh's long-term plans moving forward. Harrison has hit .318/.349/.494 with 13 home runs, 52 RBI and 17 stolen bases in 512 at-bats.


Josh Harrison able to return, bats leadoff Tuesday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/9/2014) Pirates infielder Josh Harrison is back in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Phillies, after missing three games with an ankle injury. He is starting at third base and batting leadoff for his return, his first game back since Saturday.  

Josh Harrison again on the bench


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/8/2014) Pirates utility player Josh Harrison remained sidelined for the third straight game by an ankle injury Monday at Philadelphia, though he is available to pinch hit, according to the Pitsburgh Tribune-Review. Brent Morel started in his place.

Harrison had been the team's starting third baseman in recent weeks and was as hot as ever before the injury, batting .386 (22 for 57) with three homers and a 1.098 OPS in his last 13 games.


Josh Harrison held out due to ankle injury


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/7/2014) Josh Harrison was left out of the Pirates' starting lineup for Sunday's game at the Cubs. He rolled his ankle during Saturday's completion of a suspended game from Friday and then missed Saturday's regularly-scheduled game.

Harrison had been starting regularly at third base over the previous two-and-a-half weeks, but Brent Morel got the start there on Sunday.


Josh Harrison leaves with apparent ankle injury


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/6/2014) Pirates infielder Josh Harrison left Saturday's game against the Cubs with ankle discomfort.

Harrison made a play in the field, and appeared to roll his ankle during the play. He was replaced by Chase d'Arnaud at short. Harrison was 4 for 6, with one run scored and two RBI before leaving the game. 


Josh Harrison swats 12th home run Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/26/2014) Pirates third baseman Josh Harrison went 1 for 5 with a solo home run in his team's 5-2 win over the Cardinals Tuesday.

Harrison's only hit of the game put his team up 2-0 in the fifth inning, and while the Pirates would squander the lead, they still managed to come out on top. He has hit .302/.336/.494 with 12 home runs, 44 RBI and 17 stolen bases in 401 at-bats.


Josh Harrison gets another big boost in value


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/18/2014) For Josh Harrison, everything's coming up Milhouse.

Just a couple weeks after declaring him an everyday player (not that he had been playing any less than every day since mid-May, but the declaration spoke volumes), the Pirates shifted him to shortstop to fill in for the injured Jordy Mercer. After three straight starts there, he's now played the position six times this year, and the CBSSports.com requirement for gaining eligibility in-season is five.

In other words, you can now play Harrison at the weakest position in Fantasy, shortstop. Let's all celebrate and have a good time.

That's in addition to second base, third base and the outfield, for what it's worth, not that you should aim to play him at any of those positions when he's eligible at shortstop. To put it in perspective, he's the No. 4 third baseman in Head-to-Head points leagues since May 18, which is about the he become an every day player. Pretty good, right? Well, he's the No. 1 shortstop during that same period.

Yup.


Josh Harrison suddenly a big deal in Fantasy


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/4/2014) Though Josh Harrison entered Monday with five home runs in his last eight games, the Pirates' recent decision to make him an everyday player has even bigger ramifications in Fantasy. Granted, the former at least partially led to the latter, but you get the idea: Stats mean little without opportunity.

Of course, the truth is Harrison has been playing every day since about mid-May anyway. His role just wasn't cemented until now. It's also true that his recent power binge probably misrepresents his value to Fantasy owners. What power he has wouldn't translate to much more than 15 homers over a full season.

But that doesn't mean Fantasy owners shouldn't celebrate his promotion. Since that day he assumed regular duty May 18, Harrison has been the eighth-best outfielder, the fourth-best second baseman and the fourth-best third baseman in standard Head-to-Head leagues. Not knowing when he'd wind up back on the bench made it easy to overlook, however.

Now that we have our answer, Harrison deserves to be universally owned, if not universally started. He's basically everything you drafted Martin Prado to be and then some.


Josh Harrison supplants Pedro Alvarez as Pirates' primary 3B


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/3/2014) Pirates manager Clint Hurdle announced Sunday infielder Josh Harrison has supplanted Pedro Alvarez as the team's primary third baseman.

"Whether (Alvarez) is unplugged or plugged, Harrison is more than a viable option," Hurdle said, per the Pittsburgh-Tribune Review. "Harrison is our best defender on the club right now at third base."


Josh Harrison connects for fifth HR in last seven games


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/3/2014) Pirates infielder/outfielder Josh Harrison continued his power barrage Saturday at Arizona, homering for the fifth time in seven games. Harrison also extended his hitting streak to seven games with a 3-for-4 performance.

Harrison added three runs, one double and one walk in the 8-3 win. He is batting .452 (14 for 31) with a 1.129 slugging percentage, 1.629 OPS, one triple, four doubles, seven RBI, 11 runs and two stolen bases during his hitting streak.


Josh Harrison homers in fourth straight game Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Pirates infielder Josh Harrison kept his home-run streak alive Wednesday, going 1 for 5 with a two-run home run in his team's 7-5 loss to the Giants.

Harrison has hit a home run in four straight games after managing just five homers in his first 87 games. He's 8 for 17 with two walks, six RBI and two stolen bases during his four-game home-run stretch. Harrison has hit .297/.335/.474 with nine home runs, 37 RBI and 13 stolen bases in 293 at-bats.


Josh Harrison stays on home run roll in win over Giants


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Pirates leadoff hitter Josh Harrison continued to sizzle Tuesday night with his third straight game with a home run.

Harrison blasted off to begin the game against San Francisco and added a walk to sweeten his stat line on the season to .299/.338/.469. He is 7 for 12 in his last three games.


Josh Harrison slugs seventh home run Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) Pirates outfielder Josh Harrison went 2 for 3 with a walk and a solo home run in his team's 5-0 win over the Giants Monday.

Harrison followed up a four-run first inning by tacking on a fifth run in the second with his homer to left field. Coming off another big performance, he is now 6 for 9 with two home runs and two stolen bases in his last two games. Harrison has hit .298/.336/.460 with seven home runs, 34 RBI and 13 stolen bases in 285 at-bats.


Hitters to avoid in the second half


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/13/2014) Like what you've gotten from Josh Harrison, Casey McGehee, Kurt Suzuki or Erick Aybar so far? Hoping for a rebound from Allen Craig? You might want to look into alternatives.

Check out my latest column to find out why.


National League reserves revealed for All-Star Game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2014) On Sunday, Major League Baseball revealed the National League reserves for the 2014 All-Star Game, which will be held on July 15 at Target Field in Minneapolis.

The following players were selected as reserves:

C Jonathan Lucroy, Brewers
C Devin Mesoraco, Reds
1B Freddie Freeman, Braves
2B Dee Gordon, Dodgers
2B Daniel Murphy, Mets
SS Starlin Castro, Cubs
3B Todd Frazier, Reds
3B Matt Carpenter, Cardinals
IF/OF Josh Harrison, Pirates
OF Charlie Blackmon, Rockies
OF Hunter Pence, Giants
OF Giancarlo Stanton, Marlins

Hitters to sit in Week 15


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/6/2014) Thinking about starting Derek Norris, Steve Pearce, Josh Harrison, Nick Castellanos, Jed Lowrie or Austin Jackson in Fantasy Week 15 (July 7-13)? You might want to think again.

Find out why in the latest Start and Sit Hitters.


Pirates not ready to change infield alignment


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/30/2014) Despite the continued success of Josh Harrison, Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said Sunday the team is not considering moving Pedro Alvarez to first base to clear up regular at-bats for Harrison at third base. Huntington added he likes the duo of Ike Davis and Gaby Sanchez at first base.

"Ike, the power hasn't been maybe what it was in the past, but he gives us quality, professional at-bats and has played solid defense for us there," Huntington said. "If we can get Pedro back on track to 30-something home runs, being a productive major league hitter and playing adequate defense at third, that's a pretty good tandem to have on the corners."

Huntington said Harrison will continue to fill a utility role for Pittsburgh.

"To play a 162-game season this year, in this environment, it's about depth," Huntington said.

"We're working through all different scenarios, but right now what we feel very comfortable with is Josh bouncing around giving everybody rest."


Josh Harrison slugs fifth home run Saturday vs. Cubs


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/22/2014) Pirates infielder Josh Harrison went 2 for 4 with a home run and three RBI in his team's 5-3 win over the Cubs Saturday.

Harrison tied the game with a fifth-inning RBI single then increased his team's lead to three with a two-run shot in the seventh inning. It was his first home run since June 1. Harrison has hit .307/.349/.483 with five home runs and 21 RBI in 176 at-bats.


Manager: 'We need to find playing time' for Josh Harrison


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/18/2014) Red-hot Josh Harrison will not have a permanent home on the field for the Pirates upon the return of starting second baseman Neil Walker from the disabled list, but he will be more than a utility player.

"We need to find playing time for Josh," Clint Hurdle told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Harrison could earn at-bats at shortstop and in the outfield. He is certainly worthy of inclusion in the lineup considering he has nine hits in his last 14 at-bats and boasts a stat line of .319/.357/.494. He has 23 runs and 18 RBI in 160 at-bats with just 22 strikeouts.


Josh Harrison returns Saturday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/14/2014) Pirates infielder Josh Harrison has returned to the starting lineup Saturday.

Harrison has been dealing with an ankle injury. He'll bat fifth and play second base Saturday. Harrison is hitting .288 over 146 at-bats.


Josh Harrison sitting out Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/13/2014) Pirates infielder Josh Harrison was not in the team's starting lineup Friday.

Harrison left Wednesday's game due to an ankle issue, and hasn't been able to play since. In 146 at-bats, Harrison is hitting .288/.331/.473.


Josh Harrison sidelined Thursday against Cubs


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/12/2014) Pirates outfielder/second baseman Josh Harrison remained out of the lineup Thursday with an ankle issue after leaving the game Wednesday.

Harrison has taken over at second for the absent Neil Walker. He has slumped recently with three hits in his last 23 at-bats.


Josh Harrison exits game Wednesday with ankle injury


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/11/2014) Pirates infielder Josh Harrison was removed from Wednesday's game against the Cubs due to an ankle injury, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Harrison walked once and scored a run before coming out of the game. The team will likely have an update of his condition once play finishes.