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2014 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 33)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
250 .222 4 22 22 1 .234 -0.2
Birth Date8-26-1980
Height6' 1"
Weight200 lbs
Age34 years, 1 months, 29 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
-0.52010
2011
2012
0.02013
-0.22014
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WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2004 CHN 23 3 10 9 0 2 1 0 0 3 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 .222 .300 .333 .224 0.0 -0.0 0.0
2004 MON 23 20 53 50 4 8 2 0 1 13 2 11 1 0 0 2 0 0 .160 .208 .260 .159 -4.8 -0.9 -0.6
2005 WAS 24 4 10 9 1 3 1 0 1 7 0 0 1 0 0 3 0 0 .333 .400 .778 .307 0.6 0.2 0.1
2006 CIN 25 8 11 10 2 2 0 0 1 5 1 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 .200 .273 .500 .224 0.0 -0.2 -0.0
2006 WAS 25 17 36 32 3 8 2 0 0 10 3 3 1 0 0 2 0 0 .250 .333 .312 .232 0.1 -0.1 -0.0
2007 TBA 26 137 576 521 72 149 35 3 12 226 42 96 4 1 8 59 4 1 .286 .343 .434 .260 20.8 -15.6 0.5
2008 MIN 27 130 490 434 57 115 29 3 7 171 39 98 4 6 7 49 1 1 .265 .327 .394 .255 13.7 -4.9 0.9
2009 MIN 28 123 453 414 44 108 22 1 6 150 29 78 3 6 1 37 0 2 .261 .310 .362 .244 10.7 -0.1 1.1
2010 MIN 29 43 120 108 11 17 3 0 1 23 9 23 2 1 0 4 0 0 .157 .233 .213 .177 -3.7 -1.4 -0.5
2013 ANA 32 44 117 107 14 22 4 0 4 38 6 29 1 1 2 9 0 1 .206 .252 .355 .243 2.7 -2.4 0.0
Career529187616942084349973364613234317151816755.256.314.381.24540.1-25.41.5

Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2001 LNS A 32 136 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .321 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 DAY A+ 110 475 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .357 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 WTN AA 13 55 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .326 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 WTN AA 120 502 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .322 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 CHN MLB 3 10 .224 .263 .326 .408 .259 .250 90 -0.4 0.3 0 -0.0 -0.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 MON MLB 20 53 .159 .259 .323 .417 .258 .184 90 -5.9 1.6 0 -0.9 0.1 -4.8 -0.6 -4.8 -0.6
2004 EDM AAA 35 145 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .282 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 IOW AAA 69 275 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .330 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 WAS MLB 4 10 .307 .300 .349 .465 .277 .250 107 0.5 0.3 0 0.2 -0.2 0.6 0.1 0.6 0.1
2005 NWO AAA 127 519 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .298 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 CIN MLB 8 11 .224 .222 .309 .368 .244 .200 97 -0.4 0.3 0 -0.2 0.2 0.0 -0.0 0.0 -0.0
2006 WAS MLB 17 36 .232 .257 .334 .407 .258 .276 89 -1.1 1.1 0.2 -0.1 0.4 0.1 -0.0 0.1 -0.0
2006 LOU AAA 43 165 .305 .258 .324 .393 .258 .374 96 7.4 4.5 0.4 -1.4 -0.8 11.5 1.0 11.5 1.0
2006 NWO AAA 59 257 .295 .262 .332 .398 .262 .358 93 9.2 7.1 1.3 -1.5 1.4 18.5 1.7 18.5 1.7
2007 TBA MLB 137 576 .260 .264 .333 .411 .260 .331 103 -0.1 17.1 4.8 -15.6 0.5 20.8 0.5 20.8 0.5
2008 MIN MLB 130 490 .255 .269 .332 .423 .262 .322 98 -2.6 14.2 2.8 -4.9 1.8 13.7 0.9 13.7 0.9
2009 MIN MLB 123 453 .244 .264 .331 .418 .259 .304 103 -7.6 13.1 2.7 -0.1 1.4 10.7 1.1 10.7 1.1
2010 MIN MLB 43 120 .177 .260 .330 .402 .256 .188 109 -10.2 3.3 0.5 -1.4 1.2 -3.7 -0.5 -3.7 -0.5
2010 ROC AAA 62 258 .220 .257 .327 .397 .250 .266 99 -11.5 7.7 1.1 -4.1 -1.0 -5.1 -0.9 -5.1 -0.9
2011 NOR AAA 136 565 .224 .255 .323 .391 .250 .251 93 -23.9 17.5 2.4 -4.7 3.4 -1.4 -0.6 -1.4 -0.6
2012 CSP AAA 106 424 .303 .282 .342 .438 .268 .334 107 20.7 12.6 0.7 -5.4 1.8 35.8 3.0 35.8 3.0
2013 ANA MLB 44 117 .243 .252 .317 .399 .266 .240 96 -1.9 3.1 0.6 -2.4 -0.3 2.7 0.0 2.7 0.0
2013 ROU AAA 12 49 .260 .256 .334 .386 .257 .250 101 0 1.4 0.6 -0.0 -0.3 2.7 0.3 2.7 0.3
2013 SWB AAA 22 87 .269 .257 .327 .388 .256 .267 98 0.9 2.5 0.6 -1.0 0.4 4.1 0.3 4.1 0.3
2014 ABQ AAA 6 19 .328 .271 .349 .433 .277 .385 102 1.5 0.6 -0.1 -0.2 -0.3 1.6 0.1 1.6 0.1

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2001 LNS A 136 25 31 5 1 4 22 17 26 5 1 .274 .376 .442 .168 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 WTN AA 55 8 17 4 1 2 11 2 5 1 1 .321 .345 .547 .226 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 DAY A+ 475 82 140 35 6 13 54 43 57 16 4 .329 .395 .532 .202 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 WTN AA 502 56 122 34 7 5 52 51 72 6 7 .280 .363 .425 .145 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 MON MLB 53 4 8 2 0 1 2 2 11 0 0 .160 .208 .260 .100 .159 -4.8 -0.9 -0.6
2004 CHN MLB 10 0 2 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 .222 .300 .333 .111 .224 0.0 -0.0 0.0
2004 IOW AAA 275 48 79 21 1 11 35 16 40 0 2 .311 .350 .531 .220 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 EDM AAA 145 20 35 6 0 6 24 10 21 0 0 .269 .326 .454 .185 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 WAS MLB 10 1 3 1 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 .333 .400 .778 .444 .307 0.6 0.2 0.1
2005 NWO AAA 519 67 127 22 4 13 81 40 77 9 5 .270 .330 .417 .147 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 LOU AAA 165 22 48 14 1 5 28 14 29 2 0 .324 .384 .534 .209 .305 11.5 -1.4 1.0
2006 WAS MLB 36 3 8 2 0 0 2 3 3 0 0 .250 .333 .312 .062 .232 0.1 -0.1 -0.0
2006 CIN MLB 11 2 2 0 0 1 1 1 4 0 0 .200 .273 .500 .300 .224 0.0 -0.2 -0.0
2006 NWO AAA 257 37 62 14 0 5 32 26 56 3 2 .283 .380 .416 .132 .295 18.5 -1.5 1.7
2007 TBA MLB 576 72 149 35 3 12 59 42 96 4 1 .286 .343 .434 .148 .260 20.8 -15.6 0.5
2008 MIN MLB 490 57 115 29 3 7 49 39 98 1 1 .265 .327 .394 .129 .255 13.7 -4.9 0.9
2009 MIN MLB 453 44 108 22 1 6 37 29 78 0 2 .261 .310 .362 .101 .244 10.7 -0.1 1.1
2010 MIN MLB 120 11 17 3 0 1 4 9 23 0 0 .157 .233 .213 .056 .177 -3.7 -1.4 -0.5
2010 ROC AAA 258 31 54 14 1 4 29 14 41 1 0 .233 .295 .353 .121 .220 -5.1 -4.1 -0.9
2011 NOR AAA 565 50 116 21 2 10 50 37 87 2 2 .225 .282 .331 .107 .224 -1.4 -4.7 -0.6
2012 CSP AAA 424 73 113 33 4 9 63 52 44 2 3 .317 .407 .507 .190 .303 35.8 -5.4 3.0
2013 ROU AAA 49 7 10 0 0 2 5 7 7 0 0 .244 .367 .390 .146 .260 2.7 -0.0 0.3
2013 SWB AAA 87 9 17 3 0 1 4 13 12 0 0 .233 .356 .315 .082 .269 4.1 -1.0 0.3
2013 ANA MLB 117 14 22 4 0 4 9 6 29 0 1 .206 .252 .355 .150 .243 2.7 -2.4 0.0
2014 ABQ AAA 19 1 5 1 0 0 1 4 2 0 0 .333 .474 .400 .067 .328 1.6 -0.2 0.1

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2008 1852 0.5259 0.4367 0.8216 0.6068 0.2460 0.8883 0.6389 0.1772
2009 1726 0.5284 0.4528 0.8323 0.6086 0.2776 0.9027 0.6593 0.1677
2010 436 0.5275 0.4060 0.8249 0.5870 0.2039 0.8593 0.7143 0.1751
2013 446 0.5179 0.4112 0.8142 0.5584 0.2512 0.9070 0.5926 0.1858
Career44600.52620.43740.82530.60070.25460.89290.64950.1742

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2011-03-21 2011-03-24 Camp 3 0 Trunk Surgery Mole Removed 2011-03-21
2009-03-03 2009-03-06 Camp 3 0 Shoulder Contusion HBP -
2008-05-10 2008-05-12 DTD 2 2 Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2007-09-18 2007-09-27 DTD 9 7 Left Shoulder Strain Latissimus Dorsi While Swinging -
2004-02-24 - Minors - - Right Knee Surgery Arthroscopic 2004-02-20

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2014 LAN $
2013 ANA $625,000
2012 COL $
2011 MIN $500,000
2011 BAL $1,250,000
2010 MIN $1,450,000
2009 MIN $466,100
2008 MIN $431,000
2007 TBA $386,100
YearsDescriptionSalary
6 yrPrevious$5,108,200
6 yrTotal$5,108,200

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
4 y 137 d1 year (2014)

Details
  • 1 year (2014). Signed by LA Dodgers as a free agent 11/18/13 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year/$0.625M (2013). Signed by LA Angels as a free agent 11/20/12 (minor-league contract). Contract purchased by LA Angels 3/31/13. DFA by LA Angels 7/20/13. Elected free agency 7/23/13. Signed by NY Yankees as a free agent 7/25/13 (minor-league contract). Signed by Texas as a free agent 8/21/13 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year (2012). Signed by Colorado as a free agent 1/6/12 (minor-league contract).
  • 2 years/$3.2M (2010-11). Signed extension with Minnesota 1/19/10 (avoided arbitration). 10:$1.45M, 11:$1.75M. $0.65M performance bonus: $75,000 for 450 PAs, $0.1M for 500 PAs, $0.15M for 550 PAs, $0.175M each for 600, 650 PAs. DFA by Minnesota 6/25/10. Acquired by Baltimore in trade from Minnesota 12/9/10 (Twins paid Orioles $0.5M in deal).
  • 1 year/$0.4661M (2009). Re-signed 3/8/09.
  • 1 year/$0.431M (2008). Re-signed 2/27/08.
  • 1 year/$0.3861M (2007). Re-signed 2/07. Acquired in trade from Tampa Bay 11/28/07.
  • 1 year (2006). Re-signed 2/06. Acquired in trade after being DFA by Cincinnati 12/06.
  • 1 year (2005). Re-signed 2/05. Optioned to Triple-A 5/05.
  • 1 year (2004). Contract purchased 11/03. Optioned to Triple-A 3/04. Recalled 7/04. Acquired in trade from Chicago Cubs 7/04. Recalled 9/04.
  • Drafted 2001 (5-138) (William & Mary). $0.21M signing bonus.

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
90o 510 53 120 24 1 10 52 42 87 1 1 .262 .329 .384 .273 19.5 SS -3, 3B -2 1.4
80o 489 48 109 22 1 9 48 39 86 1 1 .248 .314 .363 .260 12.6 SS -2, 3B -2 0.7
70o 475 45 102 21 1 8 45 36 85 1 1 .238 .302 .349 .250 7.9 SS -2, 3B -2 0.2
60o 462 43 97 20 1 8 42 34 84 1 1 .230 .292 .336 .242 4.0 SS -2, 3B -2 -0.2
50o 450 40 90 19 0 7 40 32 83 1 1 .222 .283 .325 .235 0.7 SS -2, 3B -2 -0.6
40o 438 38 84 17 0 7 38 30 82 1 1 .214 .274 .313 .227 -2.5 SS -2, 3B -2 -0.9
30o 425 36 80 16 0 7 36 28 80 1 1 .206 .264 .301 .219 -5.8 SS -2, 3B -2 -1.2
20o 411 33 73 15 0 6 34 26 79 1 1 .196 .253 .287 .209 -9.3 SS -2, 3B -2 -1.6
10o 390 30 64 13 0 5 30 23 76 1 1 .183 .237 .267 .196 -13.8 SS -2, 3B -2 -2.1
Weighted Mean4554193190841338311.226.287.330.2382.1SS -2, 3B -2-0.4

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
4% 15% 9% 21% 38%

Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2014 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
20153425023468032015470.205.260.283.210-1.9-14.5-0.71.214.9-29.9-3.4
20163525023469031917500.200.261.275.210-1.9-14.3-0.71.114.9-29.6-3.4
20173663159119231748441210.206.267.282.212-2.3-12.7-1.82.614.9-28.4-8.5
20183761055111211645401210.198.257.268.204-2.8-18.0-1.82.314.9-33.4-8.2
20193863757114221647431280.195.256.268.204-2.9-17.8-1.82.214.9-33.2-8.6
20203963558117221748441250.199.259.273.207-2.7-16.4-1.92.114.9-31.5-8.6
20214056453104200643411070.202.265.278.211-2.4-14.2-1.71.714.9-29.2-7.6
20224162158115221748431190.203.263.279.210-2.5-14.8-1.91.714.9-29.5-8.4
20234262861124241750461150.216.277.298.222-1.8-8.3-1.91.514.9-22.8-8.5

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
1.60.30.20.40.50.43.1

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 72)

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend
1 86 Eric Bruntlett 2011 .000 DNP
2 83 Wilson Valdez 2011 .233
3 82 Donnie Sadler 2008 .000 DNP
4 81 Gil Velazquez 2013 -.012
5 78 Joe Thurston 2013 .000 DNP
6 78 Nick Green 2012 .187
7 78 Keith Ginter 2009 .000 DNP
8 77 Jorge Velandia 2008 .242
9 76 Oscar Robles 2009 .000 DNP
10 76 Pete Orr 2012 .269
11 76 Andy Green 2011 .000 DNP
12 76 Raul Gonzalez 2007 .000 DNP
13 76 Ed Rogers 2012 .000 DNP
14 76 Doug Bernier 2013 .232
15 76 Tike Redman 2010 .000 DNP
16 75 Joe Inglett 2011 .175
17 75 Don Kelly 2013 .252
18 75 Esteban German 2011 .512
19 75 Fernando Tatis 2008 .301
20 75 Chris Woodward 2009 .212
21 75 Ramon Vazquez 2010 .000 DNP
22 73 Adrian Brown 2007 .000 DNP
23 73 Matt Kata 2011 .000 DNP
24 73 Clint Barmes 2012 .222
25 73 D'Angelo Jimenez 2011 .000 DNP
26 73 Howie Clark 2007 .206
27 73 Wiki Gonzalez 2007 .000 DNP
28 73 Mark Quinn 2007 .000 DNP
29 73 Henry Mateo 2010 .000 DNP
30 73 Timo Perez 2008 .000 DNP
31 73 Michel Hernandez 2012 .000 DNP
32 72 Chris Truby 2007 .000 DNP
33 72 Vinny Rottino 2013 .000 DNP
34 72 Jerry Hairston 2009 .257
35 72 Andy Phillips 2010 .000 DNP
36 71 Robinson Cancel 2009 -.007
37 71 Chase Lambin 2013 .000 DNP
38 71 Robby Hammock 2010 .000 DNP
39 71 Mike Rivera 2010 .101
40 71 Danny Klassen 2009 .000 DNP
41 71 Luis Ordaz 2009 .000 DNP
42 71 Kevin Mench 2011 .000 DNP
43 71 Augie Ojeda 2008 .230
44 71 Eric Munson 2011 .000 DNP
45 71 Kerry Robinson 2007 .000 DNP
46 71 Jesus Feliciano 2012 .000 DNP
47 71 Royce Huffman 2010 .000 DNP
48 71 Jack Wilson 2011 .241
49 71 Erick Almonte 2011 .079
50 70 Jason Tyner 2010 .000 DNP
51 70 Cal Ripken Jr. 1994 .273
52 70 Chris Heintz 2008 .000 DNP
53 70 Jamey Carroll 2007 .230
54 70 Alex Gonzalez 2010 .252
55 70 Paul Phillips 2010 .245
56 70 Carlos Maldonado 2012 .111
57 70 Jim Rushford 2007 .000 DNP
58 70 Bobby Scales 2011 .000 DNP
59 70 Noah Hall 2010 .000 DNP
60 69 Jason Bartlett 2013 .000 DNP
61 69 Chris Ashby 2008 .000 DNP
62 69 Joe Dillon 2009 .271
63 69 Marco Scutaro 2009 .276
64 69 Wil Nieves 2011 .118
65 69 Damian Jackson 2007 .000 DNP
66 69 Dusty Wathan 2007 .000 DNP
67 69 Edgar Renteria 2010 .251
68 69 Koyie Hill 2012 .126
69 69 Julio Lugo 2009 .280
70 69 Luis Rodriguez 2013 .000 DNP
71 69 Danny Ardoin 2008 .205
72 68 Matt Treanor 2009 -.029
73 68 Jesse Garcia 2007 .000 DNP
74 68 Dewayne Wise 2011 .207
75 68 Adam Everett 2010 .174
76 68 Michael Ryan 2011 .000 DNP
77 68 Miguel Ojeda 2008 .000 DNP
78 68 Hector Luna 2013 .000 DNP
79 68 Adam Kennedy 2009 .265
80 68 Orlando Cabrera 2008 .249
81 68 Phil Rizzuto 1951 .262
82 68 Abraham Nunez 2009 .000 DNP
83 68 Corey Patterson 2013 .000 DNP
84 68 Eli Whiteside 2013 .000 DNP
85 68 Mike Cervenak 2010 .000 DNP
86 68 Kazuo Matsui 2009 .232
87 67 Marlon Anderson 2007 .288
88 67 Pete Runnels 1961 .276
89 67 Rich Thompson 2012 .098
90 67 Ramon Santiago 2013 .230
91 67 Mark Johnson 2009 .000 DNP
92 67 Bobby Avila 1957 .264
93 67 Dick Groat 1964 .251
94 67 Ryan Spilborghs 2013 .000 DNP
95 67 Mark Loretta 2005 .259
96 67 Alvin Dark 1955 .252
97 67 Justin Christian 2013 .000 DNP
98 67 Johnny Logan 1959 .290
99 67 George Kell 1956 .265
100 67 Josh Paul 2008 .000 DNP

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .118 .196 .170 .149
11 vs R (Multi) .272 .310 .447 .288
18 Split (Multi) .153 .114 .277 .139
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.013 -.023 -.037 -.020
30 vs L (2013) .028 .125 .056 .091
31 vs R (2013) .296 .320 .507 .321
38 Split (2013) .268 .195 .451 .229
39 LgAvg (2013) -.011 -.021 -.036 -.019

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2014 Due to publishing agreements, the 2014 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2014 book (available in hardcopy, e-book, and Kindle).
2013 Harris, last seen doing nothing for the Twins in 2010, had fun at the expense of PCL pitchers last year. He has experience all over the infield but mostly played third base in 2012. Once upon a time, the Cubs drafted Harris two slots ahead of Ryan Howard and three ahead of C.J. Wilson. That same year, they drafted Mark Prior three slots ahead of Mark Teixeira. On the bright side, Harris's career has lasted longer than Prior's.
2012 Gone are the days of playing every day for Brendan Harris, who didn't even merit a call-up when Brian Roberts went down, despite the likes of Cesar Izturis and Robert Andino taking starts.
2011 Harris got off to an awful start in 2010 and, predictably for a player whose calling card is supposed to be his bat, and spent most of the year in the minor leagues despite signing a two-year, $3.2 million contract before the season. His fate was sealed when rookie Danny Valencia put a hammerlock on the starting third baseman's job. Harris doesn't have enough power to be a regular at the hot corner, and his poor range makes him problematic in the middle infield. He graduated from the College of William & Mary with a degree in politics and aspirations of becoming a lobbyist; perhaps he successfully lobbied for his inclusion in the trade that sent J.J. Hardy to Baltimore, where Harris will attempt to fill the departed Ty Wigginton's utility shoes while residing just a short drive away from Washington.
2010 For the second straight year, Harris entered the year as the team's utility man, but injuries and poor performances propelled him into nearly full-time work, albeit spread across every infield position. As a bench player, he's useful due to his versatility and occasional gap power, but when you give him 400-plus plate appearances, his impatient approach and difficulties hitting good right-handers gets exposed. When you consider the scrubby alternatives in the world of infield sidekicks, the Twins are happy to have him, and they’re smart enough to know they don't want him playing this much.
2009 Harris came over as an add-on to Delmon Young from the Rays in the borderline-disastrous pre-season trade, and presents a Derek Jeter problem in miniature. His bat plays well in the middle infield but his glove does not. As such, the Twins quickly rethought the outcome of the spring competition between Harris and Castilla for the job at second, reducing the former to a utility role by mid-May. He acquitted himself ably, hopping on and off the Twins' merry-go-round at short and third while recovering from a slow start to bat .290/.356/.462 in 192 PA from July through the end of the season. Unlike last year, Harris will probably begin this season on the bench, but given that the players in front of him are something less than Evers, Tinker, and Steinfeldt, he'll probably get his licks in ere long.
2008 Brendan Harris always hit in the minors, but he had never been given a proper opportunity to establish himself in the majors until last year, and even that came only after Ben Zobrist's continued offensive failures. Lo and behold, Harris hit in the majors as well, but his limited range in the field continued to be a problem. Sent to Minnesota in the Delmon Young deal, he will compete with the inversely talented Adam Everett for the starting shortstop job. Which one would you want behind a young pitching staff?
2007 Sort of the antithesis to Freel, in that, while Harris can hit for a bit more power than most minor league second basemen looking for work, he really isn`t much of an asset at any infield position. It will take a well-timed injury or a manager deciding `I must have that guy` for Harris to get much of a chance. Traded to the D-Rays, where he might stick in a utility role; maybe Joe Maddon`s that manager.
2006 Harris was briefly a local celebrity; before the decisions to sign Castilla and then draft Zimmerman, he seemed to be the team`s third baseman of the present. It`s not hard to understand why: he`s a sound fielder the hot corner, and a line-drive power source. Now he has to hope for a career in a utility role. The Nats seems willing to oblige, playing him some at shortstop over the winter in the AFL. It might give him a shot at earning that comparison to Easley as an offense-minded infield reserve, and get him Jamey Carroll`s job.
2005 Part of the Orlando Cabrera trade, Harris came to the Expos with an impressive minor league resume, having shown the ability to hit for average, take walks, and hit for decent power. Like everyone else that got called up, he stunk in his short major league audition, but look at those lines at 23 in Triple-A, which show the bigger picture; that's pretty nice. So the Nationals signed Castilla to play third, and Guzman to play short. Combined with Vidro's contract, Harris now has no chance to play. Meanwhile, the team gets equal or less performance for far more money.

BP Articles

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2009-11-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)In a keeper Strat-O-Matic league, would you take Elvis Andrus or Gordon Beckham? Assume the team's other left-side infielder is someone like Brendan Harris, who can start at SS or 3B as needed.
(Rex Little from Big Bear, CA)
The difference in their ages and position--the White Sox appear to be committed to the Cuban Shawon Dunston at shortstop--mean I'd take Andrus. Keeper leagues are about long-term value. I like Beckham a lot, but a long-term 1 at short with a decent bat is what you build around. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-10-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)Should Gardenhire consider trading offense for defense and start Carlos Gomez? Or does his flexibility as a pinch runner/defensive replacement make him more valuable off the bench? Anything else the Twins can try to give themselves even a slightly better chance?
(Patrick from MPLS)
Yes. The defensive bump over Young would be much greater than the offense they'd give up by having Gomez in the lineup instead of Jose Morales or Brendan Harris or whatever nightmare they're DHing. This was the play the second Morneau was done. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-08-04 14:00:00 (link to chat)Who do you think should be the starter at second base for the Twins? I know it's like choosing the lesser of two evils, but I don't really want to see Nick Punto flail away at pitches no where close to the strike zone. Also, why in the world was Delmon Young a #1 Prospect, and who should be playing left field for us?
(twinkies25 from MN)
I would hope they'd just lock in and place their faith in Casilla. Punto's a better utility infielder than a starter, and I'm reluctant to get worked up in Brendan Harris' behalf when he isn't hitting and concerns over his defense up the middle dog him with a certain persistence. Failing a commitment to Casilla, they should have asked the A's for Adam Kennedy. It's never too late to ask after David Eckstein, for that matter, and he'd go over well in the Twin Cities, methinks. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-08-15 15:00:00 (link to chat)The Twins beat writer said they actually wanted Washburn to free up one of the other starters for a trip to the pen. How does that look like a better option than Bradford?
(CrisE from St Paul, MN)
Makes sense to me, because the Twins have a pretty crummy infield defense, and Bradford would get murdered by infield turf choppers Brendan Harris can't handle. Were they to have added Washburn, I'd rather push someone like Perkins to the pen and have a multi-inning reliever with some measure of success with the team than take my chances on Bradford. That's in this specific instance; different constellations of talent yield different outcomes and possible scenarios. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-08-01 14:00:00 (link to chat)Liriano seems poised to start on Monday for the Twins... why didn't they shore up at 3B again? Is 2nd in the division just more comfortable?
(themcneills from PDX)
If that's true on Liriano, it's about damn time. As for third base, Brian Buscher has been doing a nice enough job there (.313/.342/.438) that the team should be worrying about second base (Alexi Casilla is done for the year) and shortstop (where Brendan Harris is currently playing) ahead of their third base concerns.

I think the Casilla injury is a major blow to that club. He was playing a bit over his head, but he'd really provided a nice spark for them. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-03-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)So how did the Rays go from projected 83 wins to 89 wins now? Is this a change in the projection system, or a change in the Rays (or in their opponents)?
(collins from greenville nc)
That's a great question, and in this case it has a pretty simple answer. On the first version of PECOTA that we do each year, we make a very simple assumption about a team's defense -- namely, that the defense will be the same as it was last year, regressed to the mean last year. The Rays had a very, very bad defense in 2007, involving experiments like Brendan Harris playing shortstop, B.J. Upton playing second base, and Delmon Young playing center field. So, that was flowing through into the ERAs of each of the pitchers.

But in the second version of the PECOTAs, we instead project defense based on the individual defensive projections from our depth chart starting lineups. And we actually expect the Rays to have a slightly *above average* defense this year, particuarly given the addition of Jason Bartlett. So this turned out to make a huge difference at the margins. And there's a hidden benefit too, which is that it actually increases the innings pitched projections for the starting pitchers, which means fewer innings from the back end of their bullpen. (Nate Silver)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2008-09-30 16:30:00Twins/White Sox Play-In GameRandom fact #2: Of the 20 players in tonight's starting lineup, only Brendan Harris was drafted out of a 4-year college (William and Mary). Punto, Blackburn and Thome each attended a JC. The rest were high school guys. (David Laurila)
2008-09-30 16:30:00Twins/White Sox Play-In GameRandom fact #2: Of the 20 players in tonight's starting lineup, only Brendan Harris was drafted out of a 4-year college (William and Mary). Punto, Blackburn and Thome each attended a JC. The rest were high school guys. (David Laurila)
 

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