Why Josh Harrison is worth considering
July, 28, 2014
By Eric Karabell | ESPN Insider
AP Photo/Gene J. PuskarJosh Harrison has six home runs and 13 steals this season, along with extensive positional eligibility.A few weeks ago, Pittsburgh Pirates utility player Josh Harrison was one of the rare hitters chosen as an All-Star that fantasy owners could still find in free agency in many leagues. Harrison remains available in roughly half of ESPN's standard leagues -- which might make some question why he was in Minneapolis for the Midsummer Classic in the first place -- but on the positive side, his selection also should have steered fantasy owners into seeing if he could help their teams. After all, Harrison is a useful and versatile player. On Sunday, he contributed four hits -- including a home run -- and stole a pair of bases for the awesome combo meal in a 7-5 win at Coors Field; he's now hitting .294 this season.
This isn't meant to convince anyone that Harrison is a must-own, but it should be noted he's pretty much a regular player these days, with outfielder Starling Marte on the disabled list for a concussion and third baseman Pedro Alvarez not able to hit left-handed pitchers and finally seeing the bench because of it.