Josiah Harrison’s skills add up to a promising future in baseball

Fred Jeter | 5/27/2021, 6 p.m.
According to baseball math, power plus speed equals Josiah Harrison.
Josiah Harrison Photo by Regina H. Boone

According to baseball math, power plus speed equals Josiah Harrison.

The Trinity Episcopal School junior centerfielder ranked this spring with the area’s leaders in two prominent categories, home runs and stolen bases.

“Josiah’s very talented, very athletic,” said Titans Coach Tim Merry. “He definitely has the potential to play beyond high school.”

Through Trinity’s first 21 games this season, the 6-foot, 170-pound right-hander had six home runs (in 55 times at bat) while swiping 15 bags.

Overall, he was hitting .436 with 20 runs batted, 20 runs tallied, 15 walks and a whop- ping .612 on-base percentage.

At one point, Harrison stroked 11 straight hits for the private Prep League school located on the scenic south bank of the James River.

He also excels with the glove, covering plenty of real estate with his swift stride. He is equally adept at keeping baserunners honest with a lively throwing arm.

“I feel good about my game now, but I can always do better,” Harrison said. “I’ll continue to work on my craft.”

Away from the high school competition, Harrison impressed with his skill set at the Mid-Atlantic Prep Baseball Ratings Summer

Championships in 2020. Still 16 at the time, he ran the 60-yard dash in 6.78 seconds and clocked 93 mph on his throw from the outfield. He registered a 97 mph exit speed with the ball coming off the bat barrel.

Hitting mostly third in Coach Merry’s lineup, Harrison relishes the dual roles of slugging balls beyond fences and beating throws to the bags.

“Mostly I kind of think of myself as the long-ball hitter, but I’m kind of speedy, too,” he said with a chuckle.

Trinity’s well-manicured diamond has unusual dimensions. It’s a standard 300 feet or so to dead left and 350 to center, but just 265 to right.

Harrison said he has avoided the temptation of altering his swing to take advantage of the “short porch.”

“I really don’t,” he said. “My best power is to centerfield.”

Coach Merry adds, “Josiah can hit it to all fields.”

The 17-year-old son of Daphne and Miller Harrison transferred to Trinity this term after two seasons at Clover Hill High School in Midlothian.

In a heartbeat, the young athlete who answers to “Jo” and “Jo Jo,” was welcomed by the baseball coaching staff.

“The first I heard of (the transfer) was when Sam Mickens in admissions told me,” Coach Merry said. “It was good news.”

Mickens is also Trinity’s football coach and an assistant baseball mentor.

Harrison has a strong family tree academically and athletically. Both parents are engineers and former track and field performers at Virginia State University.

The end to Trinity’s baseball season is little more than a third of the way through Harrison’s nine-months-a-year baseball experience. This summer and fall, he will compete on the high-profile Evoshield Canes North travel team, also coached by Coach Merry.

The Canes are entered in tournaments with some of the best teams up and down the East Coast.

Now Harrison hopes to continue to shine on the travel circuit just as he has for Trinity.

If successful, it should add up to an abundance of college scouting interest in the coming months.