The last time anyone saw Harrison Musgrave mowing batters down in Bridgeport was back in 2010. It was at that time that he helped lead Bridgeport High School to the Class AAA state championship game where they just fell short of yet another championship.
The last time anyone saw the 2010 BHS graduate doing the same to batters in the Big 12 Conference was back in 2014 when he was part of one of the best West Virginia University teams in recent years. He left after that season, his redshirt junior year, and put his amateur days behind him.
As most of you know, Musgrave didn’t leave because he was tired of playing the game. He didn’t leave the Mountaineers a year earlier than he had to in because he was fatigued from the game. Rather, it appeared that he was going to be a high-level pick in the Major League Baseball draft and knew that the possibility existed that he could not only play professional baseball, but make it to “the show.”
Since being drafted in the eighth round of the MLB Draft in 2014, it appears to have been a good decision. The 24-year-old, who will turn 25 next month, is reaching a place where few from Harrison County have ever ventured and, according to www.baseballreference.com., he is near a place where no one from Bridgeport has ever been – and that’s close to the possibility of making a big league roster.
Right now, Musgrave is a member of the Class AAA Albuquerque Isotopes. The left-handed hurler is playing in the Pacific Coast League and that means he’s literally a stop away from potentially being called up to the majors.
How rare is it? For those of you who continually hear, or perhaps have even said, “I think that boy is going to the major leagues.” The numbers suggest otherwise and that what Musgrave is doing is indeed a rare trick.
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