Lincoln - Nebraska baseball and football signee Monte Harrison was selected 50th overall in the MLB First-Year Player Draft on Thursday night by the Milwaukee Brewers. Harrison was the ninth pick in the second round and it’s the highest that an incoming Husker has been picked since Bubba Starling was selected fifth overall by the Kansas City Royals in 2011. Starling went on to sign a professional contract with the Royals.
Scheduled to play both football and baseball at Nebraska, Harrison was tabbed as a first-team All-American by Perfect Game in 2014. The 6-2 product of Lee’s Summit West High School in Lee’s Summit, Mo., was ranked as the 31st best high school prospect in the country and the No. 4 outfielder nationally by Perfect Game.
As a junior in 2013, Harrison hit .457, while driving in 33 runs and scoring 36. He had 12 doubles, three triples and six home runs and also stole 25 bases.
On the football field, Harrison helped his team to a 13-1 record and a Class 5 state title. Harrison's explosiveness helped Lee's Summit West dominate during its playoff run, winning all five games by at least 28 points. Harrison finished the season with 60 receptions for 1,007 yards, an average of 16.8 yards per catch, and had 13 receiving touchdowns. Harrison also rushed for 198 yards and 12 touchdowns and threw a touchdown pass.
Harrison now has until July 18 to sign a contract with the Brewers.
Rounds 3-10 are scheduled to take place tomorrow, starting at Noon on MLB.com. The 2014 First-Year Player Draft concludes on Saturday starting at Noon with rounds 11-40, also stream live on MLB.com.