Lee’s Summit West outfielder Monte Harrison has been selected to play in next month’s Under Armour All-America Game at Wrigley Field, home to the Chicago Cubs.
By SAM McDOWELL
The Kansas City Star
Harrison, who will be a senior in the fall, is one of 36 players on the roster for the national baseball showcase, which will air live on MLB Network at 1:30 p.m. on Aug. 24.
“I was shocked, but at the same time, I was very excited that I get to play in the game,” Harrison said. “I’m looking forward to it.”
The selection bodes well for his future as a baseball prospect. The rosters are picked by a committee of scouts from the Baseball Factory.
“It helps a lot to know they’re thinking about me,” Harrison said. “I know they’re watching.”
Earlier this month, Harrison committed to Nebraska, where he plans to play baseball and football. He is rated as a four-star wide receiver recruit by Rivals.com and the fourth-best player in the state overall.
On the baseball diamond, Harrison finished his junior season in the spring with a .457 average, six home runs and 33 RBIs in only 83 at-bats. He also hit 12 doubles and three triples, giving him 21 extra-base hits for the season.
“A two-sport star who excels as a wide receiver in football as well, Monte has an extremely high ceiling as a baseball prospect,” said Steve Bernhardt, the chairman of the selection committee for the game and vice president of baseball operations at the Baseball Factory. “His speed, arm strength and strong frame make him an intriguing athlete for scouts to watch at the Under Armour All-America Game this summer in Chicago.”
In the past five years, 118 of the 138 draft-eligible players to perform in the Under Armour All-America Game have been selected in the following summer’s MLB Draft. That includes 34 first-round choices.
• Lee’s Summit North’s Mady Cline and Lee’s Summit’s Katelynn Cox were selected Monday for an All-American girls lacrosse tournament that begins next week.
Cline and Cox, who graduated in the spring, will take part in the Champion All-American Showcase from July 21-23 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., the site for the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
The three-day event divides 80 players from 27 states into four teams. The championship game will be broadcast live at noon on July 23 on ESPN3.