Kainoa John "KJ" Harrison (born August 11, 1996) is an American professional baseball catcher and first baseman in the Washington Nationals organization. He played college baseball for the Oregon State Beavers of Oregon State University.
Harrison attended Punahou School in Honolulu, Hawaii. The Cleveland Indians selected him in the 25th round, with the 758th overall selection, of the 2014 MLB draft, but he opted not to sign.
Harrison enrolled at Oregon State University to play college baseball for the Oregon State Beavers. As a freshman, in 2015, he played as a first baseman, and led the Pac-12 Conference with 60 runs batted in. He was named a Freshman All-American, the Pac-12 Conference Freshman of the Year, and the Pac-12 Conference First Team first baseman. He played collegiate summer baseball for the Corvallis Knights of the West Coast League. He was named a Preseason All-American in 2016. He was again named an All-Pac-12 first baseman for 2016. In the summer of 2016, Harrison played for the Wareham Gatemen of the Cape Cod Baseball League and the United States national collegiate baseball team. On June 19, 2017, Harrison hit the first grand slam in the College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park.
The Milwaukee Brewers selected Harrison in the third round, with the 84th overall selection, of the 2017 MLB draft. Harrison signed with the Brewers for a $667,000 signing bonus, and was assigned to the Helena Brewers of the Rookie-level Pioneer League. He spent all of 2017 with Helena, posting a .308 batting average with ten home runs and 33 RBIs. Harrison began the 2018 season with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers of the Class A Midwest League. After Freddy Peralta graduated from the Milwaukee Brewers Top 30 prospects, Harrison was ranked 30th.
The Washington Nationals acquired Harrison, along with Timber Rattlers teammate Gilbert Lara, as part of a trade for major league pitcher Gio González on August 31, 2018.
His father, Kenny Harrison, is a former professional baseball player.
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