June 5, 2008
CINCINNATI - University of Cincinnati second baseman and 2008 BIG EAST Co-Player of the Year Josh Harrison (Cincinnati, Ohio/Princeton) was selected in the sixth round of the Major League Baseball Draft by the Chicago Cubs with the 191st pick overall.
Harrison is the 36th player in UC history to be selected in the draft since Billy Wolff was taken in the third round in 1965. He is also the highest Bearcats' pick since Kevin Youkilis, a member of the UC Hall of Fame, was taken in the eighth round of the 2001 MLB Draft by the Boston Red Sox.
"We are very proud of Josh," said UC head baseball coach Brian Cleary. "He is an example of how we envision our program. In a city filled with such great baseball talent, we hope the very best players decide to stay at home and play at UC in the state-of-the-art Marge Schott Stadium. Here, they can hone their skills, have great careers, and earn the opportunity to move on to play at higher levels. Through his hard work and dedication, Josh earned that chance."
In his three years at UC, the junior second baseman has already earned a place among the very best in Cincinnati history ranking among the career Top 10 in batting average (4th, .358), runs (3rd, 192), hits (4th, 246), doubles (4th, 53), RBI (5th, 153), total bases (5th, 366), and stolen bases (2nd, 63). His career culminated this season as Harrison helped UC finish second in the BIG EAST during the regular season with a school-record 39 wins. In 59 games, he led the team with a .378 batting average, 90 hits and 22 doubles to earn second-team all-America honors from Collegiate Baseball.
Harrison's 2008 season came to an end in the BIG EAST Tournament Championship game, losing to Louisville, 6-3, but not before he earned all-tournament honors for hitting .467 with two doubles, a triple, five runs scored and three stolen bases.
The Major League Baseball Draft continues tomorrow with rounds seven through 50 taking place beginning at 11:30 a.m. ET.