The Diamondbacks continue to shake up their roster before the season ends. Today, the Dbacks selected the contract of right-handed reliever Will Harris, and optioned right-handed reliever Bradin Hagens back to Triple A Reno. The move was announced by Diamondbacks Executive Vice President and General Manager Kevin Towers.
Harris, is 29 years old and has done really well in two stints with the Aces. In 45.2 innings pitched, he went 3-2 with an 0.99 era and a save allowing just five earned runs. Harris made the opening day roster in spring training, and made the trip with the Snakes to Sydney, Australia for the Opening Series against the Dodgers. He pitched two scoreless innings of work. In 73 career games with the Diamodbacks, he is 4-3 with a 4.13 era. He is in his second stint with Arizona after being claimed off waivers from the Oakland Athletics on April 3rd, 2013.
Harris has clearly shown that he can get big league hitters, and he has just been so dominant at Triple A. I know it’s just the minor leagues. He pitches in the hitters heavy Pacific Coast League, and he has an era under one. That is really impressive. Clearly, Towers, Manager Kirk Gibson, and Chief Baseball Officer Tony La Russa want to see what the kid can do. Given where the team is at in the standings, every call up is a job addition for 2015. If Harris pitches well, he will compete for a spot in the pen in spring training come next February.
In two relief outings with the Dbacks, he went 0-1 with a 3.38 era allowing one earned run in 2.2 innings pitched. He made his major league debut against the Marlins in Miami. He was the 18th rookie to appear for Arizona this season. The 40 man roster remains at 40.