A little more than a month after two of his football teammates were chosen in the NFL draft, Jawuan Harris got his name called today in the annual Major League Baseball draft by the San Diego Padres. In the 7th round, with the 201st overall pick, San Diego chose the true junior outfielder who has one year of baseball eligibility remaining if he elected to return to the banks. Word on the street is that he will sign and join the farm system probably in rookie ball or possibly up to High Class A ball.
After arriving from St. Thomas Aquinas in Florida, Harris was billed as a five tool player from the beginning of his freshman year. Of the five tools, glove, arm, power, hitting for average, and speed, it was the speed that remained steady, allowing Harris to reach 3rd all-time at RU in career stolen bases. His power really showed up in 2017 when he led the team in homers, including three in one game.
In football he actually could play two more years after redshirting as a freshman, but the wide receiver turned defensive back has not been with the team this spring as he concentrated on the diamond.
Update: Harris is done at Rutgers and will officially join the Padres organization per his tweet.
So grateful to be blessed with this opportunity! Thank you to the Padres organization, my family, Rutgers, and anyone who has supported me along the way. Now it’s time to dedicate my time to one sport and become the best that I can be. #JustGettingStarted https://t.co/n1ZgnDhETM— Jay Harris (@JayHarris_1) June 5, 2018