The lure of receiving seven figures was enough to help convince Monte Harrison to pass on an opportunity to play football and baseball at Nebraska. After being drafted with the 50th overall pick in the 2014 MLB Draft by the Milwaukee Brewers, Harrison has decided to skip college and enter the minor league system of the Brewers.
According to the Brewers website, Harrison agreed to a contract that paid a bonus of $1.8 million, which was more than the value typically assigned to the 50th overall draft pick in baseball. Perhaps Milwaukee needed to make the incentive a little more financially rewarding for Harrison, who was to play wide receiver for Nebraska’s football team and play for former big leaguer Darin Erstad, manager of Nebraska’s respected baseball program.
“The expectations on him are really good,” amateur scouting director Bruce Seid said on the Brewers website. “I don’t ever want to put names to a player, but All-Star comparisons have come up on him.”
Harrison was a highly rated baseball prospect, so his being drafted was likely something both Nebraska programs likely had to expect would be a possibility. Bo Pelini seemed confident Harrison would be a part of the football program this fall when he signed with the Cornhuskers, but must have had an idea this scenario would play out this way as well. Nebraska welcomes a transfer from Washington, Damore’ea Stringfellow, this year but the former Pac-12 player will not be eligible to play until 2015 due to NCAA transfer rules.