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A’s Claim Harris and DFA Stinson

April 3, 2013

The Josh Stinson era in Oakland was a short one, well it may not entirely be over, but today he was designated for assignment so in all likelihood we’ve seen the last of him. But see him is something we did not do as he failed to make any appearances in the Cactus League or with Sacramento or any other Oakland affiliate. Stinson was acquired off of waivers from the Brewers when the A’s DFA’d Daric Barton and Travis Blackley. Stinson’s DFA today came as the A’s acquired Will Harris off of waivers from the Colorado Rockies.

Harris is a 28 year old, right-handed reliever who made his MLB debut last season with the Rockies throwing 17 2/3 innings of 9.7 K/9, 3.1 BB/9 and 1.5 HR/9 baseball for an ugly 8.15 ERA and more manageable 4.34 FIP in his 20 outings. He was subjected to a .400 BABIP and 53.7% strand rate so it is not altogether shocking his ERA would dramatically exceed his FIP. Last year was split between three levels for Harris as he also pitched 17 2/3 innings for the Colorado Springs Sky Sox where he had 10.2 K/9, 0.5 BB/9 and 0.0 HR/9 for an impressive 1.02 ERA and 1.11 FIP. He also found time with the Tulsa Drillers where he threw 34 1/3 innings of 12.1 K/9, 3.2 BB/9 and 0.5 HR/9 baseball for a 2.62 ERA and 2.41 FIP. Don’t know much about Harris but back in 2009 he was ranked higher than Seth Smith in John Sickels’ rankings of Rockies prospects. Harris relies heavily on a fastball that he throws 91 miles per hour last year and a curve coming in at 78 last year. It seems given his career MiLB strikeout rate of 11.3 K/9 in 240 1/3 innings that he has a good degree of success with that combo.

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