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William Taylor Harris (born August 28, 1984) is an American professional baseball pitcher who is a free agent. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Colorado Rockies, Arizona Diamondbacks and Houston Astros. He was drafted by the Rockies in the ninth round of the 2006 Major League Baseball Draft, and made his major league debut in 2012. He played college baseball for LSU.

Will Harris
Will Harris Houston Astros April 2015.jpg
Harris with the Houston Astros
Free agent
Pitcher
Born: (1984-08-28) August 28, 1984 (age 35)
Houston, Texas
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
August 13, 2012, for the Colorado Rockies
MLB statistics
(through 2019 season)
Win–loss record23–18
Earned run average2.84
Strikeouts422
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Early lifeEdit

Harris played baseball at Slidell High School in Slidell, Louisiana. He played collegiate baseball for LSU. In 2004, he played collegiate summer baseball in the Cape Cod Baseball League for the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox.[1]

Professional careerEdit

Harris was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the ninth round of the 2006 Major League Baseball Draft out of Louisiana State University.

Harris was called up to the majors for the first time on August 11, 2012.[2] His debut was made on August 13.

On April 3, 2013, the Oakland Athletics claimed Harris off waivers from the Colorado Rockies.[3] The Arizona Diamondbacks claimed Harris off waivers from the Oakland Athletics three days later.[4]

On November 3, 2014, he was claimed off waivers by the Houston Astros.[5]

Harris was invited to his first All-Star Game in 2016 with the Houston Astros.[6] He finished the season with an ERA of 2.25 in 66 appearances and 12 saves.

The following season, he was limited to 46 games during the regular season due to injury. He appeared in six games in the 2017 postseason. In a combined total of four innings, he allowed six hits and one run. The Astros won the 2017 World Series, the first time the team won it.[7]

In 2018, he pitched in 61 games, going 5-3 with an ERA of 3.49.

On August 3, 2019, Harris worked in relief, in a no-hit shutout of the Seattle Mariners. The final score was 9-0.[8]

Harris pitched an immaculate inning in relief in the 8th inning versus the Los Angeles Angels on September 27, 2019.[9]

In 2019 he was 4-1 with four saves and a 1.50 ERA, as in 68 relief appearances he pitched 60.0 innings and struck out 62 batters.[10]

Scouting reportEdit

Harris throws three pitches — a four-seam fastball in the mid 90s, a cutter in the low 90's, and a curveball in the upper 70s.[11]

Personal lifeEdit

Harris has one older brother, Clay, and one younger brother, Dylan. Clay was an infielder at LSU from 2002-2005,[12] who would go on to play in the Philadelphia Phillies’ minor league system.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PLAYERS FROM THE CAPE COD LEAGUE" (PDF). capecodbaseball.org. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  2. ^ "Rockies select contract of RHP Will Harris to Major League Roster". MLB.com. August 11, 2012. Retrieved November 4, 2014.
  3. ^ "A's Claim RHP Will Harris off Waivers from Colorado". MLB.com. April 3, 2013. Retrieved November 4, 2014.
  4. ^ "A's Reinstate Colón from Suspended List; Option Straily to Sacramento". MLB.com. April 6, 2013. Retrieved November 4, 2014.
  5. ^ "Astros claim pitcher Harris from Arizona". ESPN.com. Associated Press. November 3, 2014. Retrieved November 4, 2014.
  6. ^ Ryan Dunsmore (July 5, 2016). "Astros closer Will Harris selected to the 2016 All-Star Game". crawfishboxes.com. Retrieved July 6, 2016.
  7. ^ McTaggart, Brian; Gurnick, Ken. "Houston Astros win 2017 World Series". MLB. Retrieved November 2, 2017.
  8. ^ "Astros pitchers toss combined no-hitter against Mariners". chron.com. August 3, 2019.
  9. ^ MLBVerified account (2019-09-27). "MLB on Twitter: "9 pitches. 3 Ks. Will Harris is IMMACULATE. đ&#x;"Ľâ€Ś "". Twitter.com. Retrieved 2019-10-10.
  10. ^ "Will Harris Stats". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2019-10-11.
  11. ^ "Brooks Baseball · Home of the PitchFX Tool - Player Card: Will Harris". Brooks Baseball. Retrieved 29 August 2012.
  12. ^ http://www.lsusports.net/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=5200&ATCLID=175152%7Ctitle=LSUSports.net Will Harris Bio

External linksEdit

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Taylor Cole, Félix Peña
No-hit game
August 3, 2019
(with Sanchez, Biagini & Devenski)
Succeeded by
Justin Verlander