School: Missouri State; Class: Junior
Position: RHP; B/T: R/R
Height: 6-4; Weight: 190
Previously Drafted: Toronto Blue Jays, 33rd round, 2012
Background: A fulltime member of the Bears’ rotation from the moment he set foot onto the campus two years ago, Harris had a solid debut campaign as he posted a 61-to-31 strikeout-to-walk ratio to go along with a 3.87 ERA in just over 76 innings of work.
The 6-foot-4 right-hander would more or less maintain status quo during his second season, seeing a slight uptick in his strikeout rate – it jumped from 7.16 K/9 to 7.46 K/9 – and a modest decline in his walk rate (3.64 BB/9 to 3.16 BB/9). Harris would also make eight starts for the Harwich Mariners in the Cape Cod League that summer, tossing another 33 innings while posting a mediocre 29-to-15 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
This season, however, the Missouri-born hurler has been nothing short of spectacular. In his first 12 starts, Harris has fanned 99 (the 26th best total in D1 baseball), walked 29, and tallied a miniscule 2.08 ERA.
Projection: Big and projectable, Harris finally took a large developmental leap forward after two good, not great seasons. His control is merely average, but his ability to miss bats should help him grow into another steady mid-rotation arm. At the very least, he’s a potential dominant backend reliever. There is some risk given his relatively short track record of better-than-average production, especially considering his ho-hum work in the Cape last summer.
Ceiling: 2.0- to 2.5-win player
Floor: 1.5-win player
Grade: Mid First Round
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