One Game Vaults LHP Jordan Harrison to the Rays’ 25th Pick

By Robbie Knopf

Jordan Harrison is a somewehat interesting prospect. But one game gave his profile the exclamation point it needed to get to the 25th round of the draft.

Harrison is  a 6’1″, 185 junior lefty at Louisiana Lafayette University. He throws a fastball around 90 MPH, a decent curveball that occasionally shows good break, and a changeup that needs a ton of work. He struggles to control and command all his pitches. But for one game, nearly everything was working.

On April 7th versus Western Kentucky, Harrison was dominant. He tossed a complete game, his only one of the season, and allowed just 1 hit, a solo home run, and he struck out 11 while walking just 2. His 11-strikeout performance was the first time a Louisiana Lafayette pitcher had struck out double-digit batters in nearly two years. He had all his pitches working and looked overpowering.

On the season, Harrison struck out just 45 strikeouts compared to 32 walks in 50 innings, although he did manage a 3.42 ERA. But he showed the flashes in that one game and considering he’s a lefty, you gamble on that. Harrison is a longshot based on his overall body of work. But we saw his upside on display and we’ll see what he can do in pro ball if he signs.