Back in 2014, KJ Harrison had just graduated from Punahou when he was drafted in the 25th round by the Cleveland Indians. Harrison chose not to sign at the time, and instead went to Oregon State to play baseball for the perennial power Beavers.
Fast forward three years to today when Harrison was selected in the third round, 84th overall, by the Milwaukee Brewers. The draft slot is valued at $666,600 according to Baseball America.
The Kailua native is hitting .330 this season with a team-leading eight home runs. He has been named to first-team all-Pac-12 in all three seasons at OSU.
Originally a catcher, Harrison has played sparingly at the position in college, instead spending the majority of his time at first base in addition to being a power bat in the middle of the Beavers lineup. Where he'll fit in the pros remains the biggest question.
As a junior, Harrison has until July 15 to decide if he will forego his senior season at Oregon State. The Beavers open up play in the College World Series Saturday against Cal State Fullerton.
Two other players from Hawaii were selected on the second day of the draft. Ryley Widell became the first King Kekaulike graduate ever selected in the MLB Draft when he was taken in the seventh round (196th overall) by the Minnesota Twins. 'Iolani alum Tanner Nishioka was taken in the ninth round (281st overall) by the Boston Red Sox.
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