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Matt Harrison PPhillies

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2016 Projections (Rest of Season Projections - seasonal age 30)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
31.7 4.62 1.37 22 2 2 0 0.1
Birth Date9-16-1985
Height6' 4"
Weight240 lbs
Age30 years, 8 months, 10 days
BatsL
ThrowsL
1.52012
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0.12016
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DRA-Based WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

Historical (past-seasons) WARP is now based on DRA. (For previous card version with FAIR_RA, click here.)
cFIP and DRA are not available on a by-team basis and display as zeroes(0). See TOT line for season totals of these stats.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA WARP
2008 TEX MLB 15 15 83.7 100 31 42 12 .255 114 10.8 3.3 1.3 4.5 40% .309 .282 1.57 5.21 5.49 98 4.42 1.0
2009 TEX MLB 11 11 63.3 81 23 34 9 .257 109 11.5 3.3 1.3 4.8 48% .335 .282 1.64 5.10 6.11 101 6.26 -0.5
2010 TEX MLB 37 6 78.3 80 39 46 10 .256 112 9.2 4.5 1.1 5.3 48% .270 .278 1.52 5.10 4.71 112 6.08 -1.0
2011 TEX MLB 31 30 185.7 180 57 126 13 .261 111 8.7 2.8 0.6 6.1 50% .290 .239 1.28 3.55 3.39 72 3.58 3.1
2012 TEX MLB 32 32 213.3 210 59 133 22 .259 103 8.9 2.5 0.9 5.6 50% .284 .246 1.26 3.98 3.29 84 4.51 1.5
2013 TEX MLB 2 2 10.7 14 7 12 2 .272 102 11.8 5.9 1.7 10.1 47% .400 .345 1.97 5.23 8.44 109 4.25 0.1
2014 TEX MLB 4 4 17.3 20 12 10 1 .264 93 10.4 6.2 0.5 5.2 51% .317 .303 1.85 5.01 4.15 115 5.42 -0.1
2015 TEX MLB 3 3 16.0 19 6 5 3 .262 117 10.7 3.4 1.7 2.8 41% .291 .281 1.56 6.04 6.75 106 5.36 -0.1
CareerMLB135103668.370423440872.2591089.53.21.05.548%.295.2611.404.354.21904.634.1

Statistics for All Levels

'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 GS IP H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA
2004 DNV Rk 13 12 66.0 72 10 49 3 .000 9.8 1.4 0.4 6.7 0% .321 .000 1.24 3.31 4.09
2005 ROM A 27 27 167.0 151 30 118 17 .262 68 8.1 1.6 0.9 6.4 43% .267 .229 1.08 3.88 3.23
2006 MYR A+ 13 13 81.0 77 16 60 6 .252 84 8.6 1.8 0.7 6.7 51% .302 .198 1.15 3.40 3.11
2006 MIS AA 13 12 77.0 83 17 54 6 .000 9.7 2.0 0.7 6.3 0% .306 .000 1.30 3.28 3.62
2007 MIS AA 20 20 116.7 118 34 78 6 .261 89 9.1 2.6 0.5 6.0 49% .304 .260 1.30 3.62 3.39
2007 gcr Wnt 7 7 27.0 16 7 19 2 .000 5.3 2.3 0.7 6.3 0% .194 .000 0.85 3.86 2.00
2008 TEX MLB 15 15 83.7 100 31 42 12 .255 114 10.8 3.3 1.3 4.5 40% .309 .282 1.57 5.21 5.49
2008 FRI AA 9 9 46.0 49 14 35 3 .280 88 9.6 2.7 0.6 6.8 47% .311 .270 1.37 3.57 3.33
2008 OKL AAA 6 6 38.0 40 14 20 3 .253 100 9.5 3.3 0.7 4.7 54% .303 .260 1.42 4.57 3.55
2009 TEX MLB 11 11 63.3 81 23 34 9 .257 109 11.5 3.3 1.3 4.8 48% .335 .282 1.64 5.10 6.11
2009 FRI AA 3 3 9.0 9 4 7 0 .248 109 9.0 4.0 0.0 7.0 67% .333 .225 1.44 3.03 3.00
2009 gcr Wnt 5 4 9.0 5 6 6 0 .000 5.0 6.0 0.0 6.0 0% .192 .000 1.22 5.57 5.00
2010 TEX MLB 37 6 78.3 80 39 46 10 .256 112 9.2 4.5 1.1 5.3 48% .270 .278 1.52 5.10 4.71
2010 FRI AA 2 0 3.0 3 0 4 0 .269 90 9.0 0.0 0.0 12.0 62% .375 .201 1.00 0.51 3.00
2010 OKL AAA 1 1 4.3 9 1 4 1 .271 105 18.8 2.1 2.1 8.4 59% .500 .361 2.33 5.44 6.28
2011 TEX MLB 31 30 185.7 180 57 126 13 .261 111 8.7 2.8 0.6 6.1 50% .290 .239 1.28 3.55 3.39
2012 TEX MLB 32 32 213.3 210 59 133 22 .259 103 8.9 2.5 0.9 5.6 50% .284 .246 1.26 3.98 3.29
2013 TEX MLB 2 2 10.7 14 7 12 2 .272 102 11.8 5.9 1.7 10.1 47% .400 .345 1.97 5.23 8.44
2013 FRI AA 2 2 5.0 5 2 5 0 .269 107 9.0 3.6 0.0 9.0 57% .357 .228 1.40 2.26 1.80
2013 ROU AAA 1 1 3.0 3 2 0 1 .275 89 9.0 6.0 3.0 0.0 54% .167 .345 1.67 9.90 9.00
2014 TEX MLB 4 4 17.3 20 12 10 1 .264 93 10.4 6.2 0.5 5.2 51% .317 .303 1.85 5.01 4.15
2014 FRI AA 3 3 16.0 12 4 10 0 .261 95 6.8 2.2 0.0 5.6 49% .245 .248 1.00 2.62 1.69
2015 TEX MLB 3 3 16.0 19 6 5 3 .262 117 10.7 3.4 1.7 2.8 41% .291 .281 1.56 6.04 6.75
2015 FRI AA 1 1 6.0 9 3 3 0 .273 119 13.5 4.5 0.0 4.5 35% .391 .284 2.00 3.80 7.50
2015 ROU AAA 5 5 28.7 34 12 18 0 .284 97 10.7 3.8 0.0 5.7 44% .351 .308 1.60 3.70 5.97

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 1359 0.4879 0.4496 0.8314 0.6214 0.2859 0.8689 0.7538 0.1686
2009 1066 0.4540 0.4334 0.8442 0.6302 0.2698 0.8918 0.7516 0.1558
2010 1379 0.5083 0.4322 0.8154 0.5934 0.2655 0.8750 0.6778 0.1846
2011 3068 0.4974 0.4433 0.8184 0.6022 0.2860 0.8705 0.7098 0.1816
2012 3243 0.5082 0.4431 0.8107 0.5959 0.2853 0.8697 0.6835 0.1893
2013 186 0.4032 0.4731 0.6705 0.6400 0.3604 0.8333 0.4750 0.3295
2014 342 0.4152 0.4094 0.8071 0.6549 0.2350 0.9032 0.6170 0.1929
2015 271 0.4613 0.3690 0.9100 0.5840 0.1849 0.9863 0.7037 0.0900
Career109140.49150.43930.81930.60620.27880.8760.70040.1807

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-05-14 2014-09-29 60-DL 138 122 - Low Back Surgery Spinal Fusion for Spondylolisthesis L5 on S1 2014-06-04 -
2014-03-29 2014-04-27 15-DL 29 24 - Back Inflammation - -
2014-03-18 2014-03-28 Camp 10 0 - Back Soreness - -
2014-02-18 2014-03-17 Camp 27 0 - Neck Stiffness - -
2013-09-09 2013-10-02 On-Alr 23 21 Left Shoulder Surgery Thoracic Outlet Syndrome 2013-09-09 -
2013-05-01 2013-05-01 On-Alr 0 0 - Low Back Surgery Herniated Disc 2013-05-01 -
2013-04-07 2013-10-02 60-DL 178 158 - Low Back Surgery Herniated Disc 2013-04-23 -
2013-03-09 2013-03-12 Camp 3 0 Left Inflammation 2nd Toe - -
2012-08-08 2012-08-08 DTD 0 0 - General Medical Illness GI - -
2012-06-24 2012-06-24 DTD 0 0 Left Low Back Tightness - -
2011-06-12 2011-06-12 DTD 0 0 Left Upper Arm Contusion Batted Ball on Triceps -
2011-06-04 2011-06-04 On-Alr 0 0 General Medical Illness Kidney Stones -
2011-05-29 2011-06-07 DTD 9 9 Left Fingers Blister -
2010-05-07 2010-05-29 15-DL 22 19 Left Shoulder Inflammation Biceps Tendinitis -
2009-06-24 2009-10-05 60-DL 103 93 Left Shoulder Surgery Thoracic Outlet Syndrome 2009-07-27
2009-05-26 2009-06-17 15-DL 22 19 Left Shoulder Thoracic Outlet Syndrome -
2008-04-22 2008-06-05 Minors 44 0 Not Disclosed -
2007-07-26 2007-09-05 Minors 41 0 Left Shoulder Strain - -
2007-02-18 2007-02-28 Camp 10 0 Left Forearm Contusion Batted Ball -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2018 PHI $2,000,000
2017 PHI $13,200,000
2016 PHI $13,200,000
2015 TEX $13,200,000
2014 TEX $8,200,000
2013 TEX $5,200,000
2012 TEX $2,950,000
2011 TEX $428,830
2010 TEX $406,090
2009 TEX $405,500
2008 TEX $390,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
8 yrPrevious$31,180,420
2011Current$13,200,000
9 yrPvs + Cur$44,380,420
2 yrFuture$15,200,000
11 yrTotal$59,580,420

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
7 y 83 dLevinsons ACES5 years/$55M (2013-17), 2018 option

Details
  • 5 years/$55M (2013-17), plus 2018 club option. Signed extension with Texas 1/16/13 (avoided arbitration). $1M signing bonus. 13:$5M, 14:$8M, 15:$13M, 16:$13M, 17:$13M, 18:$13.25M club option ($2M buyout). 2018 option guaranteed with 600 innings in 2015-17, including 200 IP in 2017. Salary for 2018 option increases $0.5M with each season of 200 IP in 2013-17. Award bonuses: $0.25M each for Cy Young, WS MVP. Acquired by Philadelphia in trade from Texas 7/29/15 with Phillies assuming responsibility for all $32,759,562 remaining on Harrison's contract ($4,759,562 for 2015, plus $26M in 2016-17 salaries and $2M buyout). As part of the trade, Philadelphia also sends Texas $9.5M to cover a portion of the $81,737,704 remaining on Cole Hamels' contract.
  • 1 year/$2.95M (2012). Re-signed by Texas 1/17/12 (avoided arbitration, $3.5M-$2.45M).
  • 1 year/$428,830 (2011). Re-signed by Texas 2/22/11.
  • 1 year/$406,090 (2010). Re-signed by Texas 3/4/10.
  • 1 year/$0.4055M (2009). Re-signed by Texas 2/20/09. Award bonus: $10,000 for All Star.
  • 1 year/$0.39M (2008). Contract purchased by Texas 11/19/07. Re-signed 2/6/08. Performance bonus: $10,000 for Rookie of the Year.
  • Acquired by Texas in trade from Atlanta 7/31/07 (Mark Teixeira deal).
  • Drafted by Atlanta 2003 (3-97). $0.395M signing bonus.

2016 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/15/2015 05:35 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA DRA VORP WARP
90o 2.3 2.7 0 8 8 58.4 46 16 41 6 .258 1.06 3.12 3.39 9.3 1.0
80o 2.2 2.8 0 8 8 52.7 44 15 37 5 .271 1.13 3.47 3.77 7.5 0.8
70o 2.2 2.9 0 8 8 48.8 43 15 34 5 .280 1.19 3.73 4.05 6.1 0.7
60o 2.1 3 0 8 8 45.4 42 15 32 5 .288 1.23 3.95 4.29 5.0 0.5
50o 2.1 3.1 0 8 8 42.4 40 14 30 5 .296 1.28 4.16 4.52 4.0 0.4
40o 2 3.2 0 8 8 39.4 39 14 28 5 .304 1.33 4.37 4.75 3.0 0.3
30o 1.9 3.3 0 8 8 36.3 37 13 26 4 .312 1.38 4.60 5 1.9 0.2
20o 1.9 3.4 0 8 8 32.7 35 12 23 4 .322 1.44 4.87 5.3 0.6 0.1
10o 1.8 3.6 0 8 8 27.9 32 11 20 4 .335 1.52 5.26 5.72 -1.1 -0.1
Weighted Mean2.13.108841.83914305.2941.274.144.494.10.4

2016 Rest-of-Season Forecast

Last Update: 5/26/2016 08:16 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA DRA VORP WARP
90o 1.7 2.2 0 6 6 47.4 40 14 32 5 .252 1.13 3.61 3.69 4.5 0.5
80o 1.6 2.3 0 6 6 41.9 38 13 29 4 .264 1.21 3.95 4.05 3.3 0.4
70o 1.6 2.4 0 6 6 38.0 36 12 26 4 .274 1.27 4.20 4.32 2.4 0.3
60o 1.5 2.4 0 6 6 34.8 34 12 24 4 .281 1.32 4.42 4.55 1.6 0.2
50o 1.5 2.5 0 6 6 31.8 32 11 22 4 .289 1.37 4.62 4.76 0.8 0.1
40o 1.4 2.6 0 6 6 28.9 31 11 20 4 .296 1.42 4.83 4.98 0.1 0.0
30o 1.4 2.7 0 6 6 25.9 28 10 18 3 .304 1.48 5.05 5.22 -0.8 -0.1
20o 1.3 2.8 0 6 6 22.4 26 9 15 3 .314 1.55 5.32 5.5 -1.8 -0.2
10o 1.3 2.9 0 6 6 17.8 22 8 12 3 .327 1.64 5.69 5.9 -3.1 -0.3
Weighted Mean1.52.506631.23111214.2871.364.604.740.90.1

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
12% 43% 20% 16% 91%

Preseason Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2016 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP WHIP ERA DRA H/9 BB/9 K/9 HR/9 WARP
2017315601616979432661244.2981.304.555.048.73.06.11.10.2
201832780232313813445961644.3011.304.424.908.82.96.31.00.6
20193381002828167162571142144.2971.314.595.098.73.16.21.10.3
2020347902525149148521011944.3021.354.665.179.03.16.11.20.2
202135670191911111139771444.3031.354.645.149.03.26.21.10.2
202236560171710110135701344.3051.354.665.179.03.16.21.20.1
2023374501414838328571044.3021.334.615.119.03.06.21.10.2
2024384501313797827531044.3001.334.725.238.93.16.11.10.0
2025394501313777727521044.3011.344.705.219.03.16.11.20.1

Upside By Year

2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 PEAK 5
52.554.343.127.216.422193.5

Previous Year Preseason Upside By Year

Yr Proj 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 PEAK 5
201552.554.343.127.216.422193.5

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 84)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 89 Roberto Hernandez 2011 5.96
2 87 Willard Nixon 1958 7.60
3 87 Jon Garland 2010 3.87
4 87 Orel Hershiser 1989 2.63
5 87 Larry Jackson 1961 4.22
6 87 Dave Goltz 1979 4.42
7 86 Jeff Niemann 2013 0.00 DNP
8 86 Dock Ellis 1975 4.44 DNP
9 86 Frank Sullivan 1960 5.45
10 86 Doug Davis 2006 5.22
11 86 Randy Wells 2013 0.00 DNP
12 86 Sergio Mitre 2011 5.40
13 86 Bob Ojeda 1988 3.50
14 86 Jerry Reuss 1979 4.89
15 86 Bill Hands 1970 4.11
16 86 Johnny Antonelli 1960 4.17
17 86 Curt Simmons 1959 4.50
18 86 Frank Lary 1960 4.04
19 85 Scott Erickson 1998 4.48
20 85 John Burkett 1995 4.54
21 85 Mike Moore 1990 5.10
22 85 Bartolo Colon 2003 3.98
23 85 Kevin Brown 1995 3.81
24 85 Jaime Navarro 1997 6.65
25 85 Jim Hearn 1951 4.46
26 85 Doug Drabek 1993 4.09
27 84 Brian Duensing 2013 4.28
28 84 Ned Garver 1956 5.09
29 84 Andy Pettitte 2002 3.88
30 84 Sidney Ponson 2007 7.41
31 84 Andy Ashby 1998 3.57
32 84 Steve Rogers 1980 3.23
33 84 Dean Chance 1971 4.32
34 84 Jack Morris 1985 3.57
35 84 Jim O'Toole 1967 3.48
36 84 Clay Buchholz 2015 3.81
37 84 Brandon McCarthy 2014 4.50
38 83 Jason Hammel 2013 5.23
39 83 Scott Feldman 2013 4.26
40 83 Jim Beattie 1985 7.81
41 83 Tom Gordon 1998 2.72
42 83 Barry Zito 2008 5.75
43 83 Ben McDonald 1998 0.00 DNP
44 83 Mike Caldwell 1979 3.68
45 83 Rick Reuschel 1979 3.88
46 83 Brian Lawrence 2006 0.00 DNP
47 83 Gary Peters 1967 2.80
48 83 Justin Masterson 2015 5.76
49 83 Bill Singer 1974 3.89
50 83 Charlie Morton 2014 4.35
51 83 Doug Fister 2014 2.85
52 83 Mark Gubicza 1993 5.26
53 83 Claude Osteen 1970 4.21
54 83 Bud Black 1987 4.56
55 83 Kelly Downs 1991 4.76
56 83 Butch Henry 1999 5.40
57 83 Chris Bosio 1993 4.11
58 83 Paul Maholm 2012 3.81
59 83 Micah Owings 2013 0.00 DNP
60 82 Juan Guzman 1997 6.30
61 82 Ryan Drese 2006 8.31
62 82 Joe Kennedy 2009 0.00 DNP
63 82 Reggie Cleveland 1978 4.26
64 82 Bob Rush 1956 3.46
65 82 Billy O'Dell 1963 3.64
66 82 Dana Kiecker 1991 7.59
67 82 Mike Sirotka 2001 0.00 DNP
68 82 Ramiro Mendoza 2002 4.32
69 82 Pat Jarvis 1971 4.60
70 82 Zane Smith 1991 3.75
71 82 Bruce Kison 1980 5.52
72 82 Tommy John 1973 3.59
73 82 Jake Westbrook 2008 3.38
74 82 Roger Nelson 1974 3.80
75 82 Mark Mulder 2008 10.80
76 82 Kip Wells 2007 6.42
77 82 Mel Stottlemyre 1972 3.43
78 82 Jerry Koosman 1973 3.18
79 82 Todd Stottlemyre 1995 4.98
80 81 Brian Moehler 2002 5.57
81 81 Joe Saunders 2011 3.99
82 81 Tomo Ohka 2006 5.38
83 81 Jason Vargas 2013 4.08
84 81 Joe Horlen 1968 3.02
85 81 Jack McDowell 1996 5.58
86 81 Mel Parnell 1952 3.91
87 81 Dustin McGowan 2012 0.00 DNP
88 81 Mike Boddicker 1988 3.85
89 81 Bob Friend 1961 4.54
90 81 Kevin Millwood 2005 3.38
91 81 Mark Redman 2004 5.18
92 81 Jose Mesa 1996 3.98
93 81 Gavin Floyd 2013 5.55
94 81 Terry Adams 2003 2.91
95 81 Randy Jones 1980 4.14
96 81 Phil Niekro 1969 2.94
97 81 Mike Pelfrey 2014 8.75
98 80 Russ Meyer 1954 4.44
99 80 Ryan Dempster 2007 4.86
100 80 Bob Tewksbury 1991 4.05

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .256 .311 .391 .246
11 vs R (Multi) .284 .350 .446 .274
18 Split (Multi) -.028 -.039 -.055 -.027
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.020 -.022 -.058 -.023
30 vs L (2015) .357 .438 .571 .327
31 vs R (2015) .292 .340 .500 .267
38 Split (2015) .065 .098 .071 .060
39 LgAvg (2015) -.016 -.018 -.053 -.020

Definition of multi-year splits

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2016 Absorbed chiefly as salary relief in the Cole Hamels trade, Harrison arrives in Philadelphia having made just nine combined appearances in the majors in the last three seasons due to myriad and piebald injuries: various back issues, spinal-fusion surgery and, most recently, hyperthyroidism. At this point, his future health and well-being seem more important than an eventual return to baseball, but the man seems committed and has fought his way back before. He's under contract for two more seasons, but any contribution he could make in 2016 would simply be a bonus. When he was at his All-Star best in 2012, Harrison sat 93-94 mph with his fastball and featured a hard, dipping curve and changeup. Following his injuries, he's been clocked more around 89-90, and the curve's usage has become almost token. Root for his comeback, but don't expect the Harrison of old on the mound just yet.
2015 It's hard enough for a pitcher to come back from either thoracic outlet syndrome surgery or spinal fusion surgery; Harrison is trying to navigate with both in his rear view. The left-hander has been anything but sharp in the meager 28 innings he's thrown for the Rangers over the last two seasons, dealing with both diminished velocity (he averaged only 91 mph in 2014, a far cry from his 93-94 mark in 2012) and dissolving control. The future is as unknown for Harrison as it's been for any pitcher in the last decade, and the Rangers still owe him at least $41 million through 2017, spanning the second half of his "team-friendly" contract.
2014 It was a lost season for Harrison, who had as many back surgeries—two—as big-league starts. Harrison then topped off his Season From Hell by undergoing his second surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome, an ailment that seems to be unusually common among Ranger players (Hank Blalock, Kenny Rogers, Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Mike Adams having also been stricken). Harrison had established himself the prior two years as a groundball machine, making up for his low strikeout rates by inducing hitters to pound the ball harmlessly into the dirt, and Texas will be looking for Harrison to return to health and resume his duties as an innings-eating third starter.
2013 Another key piece in the famous—or infamous, depending on where your rooting interests lie—Mark Teixeira trade, Harrison has steadily improved with each of his full seasons in the major leagues. This southpaw lacks a great breaking ball and doesn't miss a lot of bats, but he features a plus fastball that he lives on and an above-average changeup that induces weak contact. Harrison may be close to reaching his ceiling, which is that of a rock-solid mid-rotation starter.
2012 Developmental patience paid off for the Rangers and for Matt Harrison in 2011, as the promise finally translated to production on the big stage. With a deep arsenal and a feel for pitching, what Harrison lacked was the approach; more often than not, Harrison failed to trust his own ability, becoming a command/control nibbler instead of a pitcher capable of attacking the opposition with legit stuff. The 6-foot-4 240-lb. lefty started the season as a rotational "maybe" and ended the reason as rotational "most definitely," pitching his way into the future plans for the Rangers.
2011 A big lefty who once carried a mid-rotation ceiling, Harrison has yet to realize his potential since arriving from Atlanta in the Mark Teixeira fleecing. After an impressive spring training (and an injury to Tommy Hunter), Harrison started the season in the Rangers' rotation, making six starts before shoulder tendinitis sidelined him and his 5.29 earned run average until late May. Demoted to the pen, Harrison lost confidence in his arsenal, choosing to nibble and avoid rather than trust in his solid-to-average five-pitch mix and attack the strike zone. Pitchers who have a fondness for baserunners and an aversion to strikeouts don’t make ideal roster candidates, and while Harrison still has time to carve out a role, his realistic projection is now closer to middle relief than middle of the rotation.
2010 One of the forgotten parts of the Mark Teixeira deal, Harrison was getting hammered in the early part of the season before he hit the DL with both shoulder and biceps issues. The problem turned out to be much deeper than that, as he was diagnosed in late July with Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, a dangerous circulatory condition that required season-ending surgery to correct. Healthy enough to pitch in the Arizona Fall League, he re-energized the Rangers' belief in him as a starter by returning to his usual above-average, low-90s velocity, and he'll be given another opportunity this spring to win a spot in the rotation, contending with fellow youngster Tommy Hunter, the oft-disappointing Brandon McCarthy, and C.J. Wilson's experiment with a move out from the pen.
2009 Yet another player from the bounty received from Atlanta in the 2007 Teixeira deal, Harrison reached the big leagues as part of an impressive return from his injury-plagued '07 season, but like many young pitchers, he took some lumps once there. He's not a future All-Star, but he's a big-bodied lefty with average velocity, a plus slider, and a fearless mound presence. Despite the ugly total numbers, he had some moments of greatness, including eight scoreless innings against the Rays in August, and a five-hit shutout of the A's in September. He begins 2009 in the middle of the Rangers' rotation, and he should perform well in that role for years to come.
2008 Acquired in the Teixeira deal, Harrison was generally considered the top lefty in the Braves' system, which is why the Rangers took him knowing he was suffering from the shoulder soreness which ultimately prevented him from pitching for the remainder of the season. He was healthy enough to pitch in the Arizona Fall League and did quite well. There is a disconnect here, as Harrison has a power arsenal but confounds scouts with an inability to miss many bats. Still, he's young and has plenty of time to work out the kinks; some within the organization think he could be the steal of the deal.
2007 Harrison`s a big lefty with solid control and plus velocity for his handedness--he`s touched 95 in the past, although he normally works in the low-90s. The North Carolina native throws a ton of strikes and supplements his heat with a plus curve and change. Harrison`s problem is that he makes a few too many mistakes inside the strike zone. While he needs to pitch better to pan out, he`s still one of the best arms in the system, and his numbers from his Double-A debut are encouraging.
2006 This big southpaw upped his stock with an impressive showing in the Sally League, starting off with 16.2 scoreless innings. He`s a control guy who pounds the strike zone with a low-90s fastball, changeup, and an improving curve. Harrison`s shown excellent command throughout his minor league career, walking just 1.6 per nine innings. He`s one of the few low-minors finesse guys who lack a true out pitch nevertheless worth keeping an eye on.

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DateQuestionAnswer
2011-10-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)Matt Harrison's K/BB ratio in the last three months: 3.7/1. Is his breakout real? Can Harrison be a good 3/solid 2?
(Or from DENTON!!)
Solid #3; he's basically showing his sustainable ceiling as we speak. As I've been saying for a while, Harrison has great stuff; even better than Holland. He just couldn't put it together. Harrison has always been in his head, not showing much fortitude in the face of failure. He was a different arm this season. He stopped nibbling and started trusting his stuff. He took a major step forward. (Jason Parks)
2011-10-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)Going forward, pick one: Matt Harrison or Derek Holland?
(Or from DENTON!!)
Tough call. I'll go with Harrison. He's reading books now. The future is his. (Jason Parks)
2011-04-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)Considering Matt Harrison's fast start, what numbers should we expect from him to finish out this season?
(Tavis Bregel from Covington, KY)
Not very good ones. PECOTA and I aren't believers, despite the fast start. Let's wait until that BABIP noses up over .162 to get excited. Marc warned us not to believe the hype over a week ago (I'm a link machine today: http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=13441), and the same holds true after a second successful start. (Ben Lindbergh)
2010-03-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Are you at all surprised that Texas decided on CJ Wilson in the rotation considering the other possibilities and leaving late inning duties to the oft-injured Frank Francisco, Netali Feliz who has never thrown in back-to-back games, and Darren Oliver coming off a career year at age 39?
(Jake from Chicago)
The Rangers have a ton of candidates for their rotation, many of which I wouldn't touch with a 10-foot clown pole (Brandon McCarthy and Matt Harrison come to mind). Because he's a lefty who can miss bats, Wilson is already much more interesting than those two, and worth taking a chance on. A for Feliz, his time will come, but he hasn't shown much in spring training (11.57 ERA), and he's not even 22 yet. I'm a bit more concerned about the Rangers' bullpen, but I do like Oliver, and think that perhaps some of those surplus arms can be useful down there. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-09-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)Will Eric Hurley and Matt Harrison return to the Rangers next year, if so, Do they go into spring training with ALL of Millwood, Feldman, Hunter, Hurley, Harrison, Holland, McCarthy, and Feliz in the rotation?
(Ira from North Texas)
Both should return, but no, they won't go with an eight man rotation. They'll pick the best five, period. (Will Carroll)
2008-07-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for your great work, Marc. Your Player Profiles are my favorite BP articles. Just wanted to ask you your thoughts on Eric Patterson and Matt Harrison. I'm in a keeper league and am inclined to gamble on their upsides. Thanks!
(Dennis from LA)
Thanks Dennis, I appreciate that! Hopefully you all saw the Mike Gonzalez collaboration we ran a few weeks back. I'm looking forward to more of those, plus solo efforts like the Edwin Encarnacion one I mentioned earlier.

I'm not sure either is a keeper guy honestly, though some may love them more than I. (Marc Normandin)
2008-06-13 14:00:00 (link to chat)If you don't see the Braves re-signing Teix, then do you see them trading him at the deadline?
(JoshEngleman from Tamaqua, PA)
They gave up A LOT to get him, including Elvis Andrus and Matt Harrison, both of whom are considered very good prospects. If I were to give you my best guess, I don't think they'll move him b/c I don't think they'll get a lot. Maybe I'm wrong but I don't feel like you've seen a lot of players dealt at the deadline the last few years who were FAs to be/"rent a player types" who have gotten produced a lot in return. It seems like teams have been more inclined to "ride it out" even if the team isn't playing well b/c they get the compensatory draft pick. (Jon "Boog" Sciambi)


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PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

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Although he has not thrown an MLB pitch in 2016, Matt Harrison threw 12,238 pitches that were tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2008 and 2015, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason, Spring Training and Fall/Winter Ball. In 2015, he relied primarily on his Sinker (87mph) and Fourseam Fastball (88mph), also mixing in a Change (77mph), Cutter (83mph) and Curve (75mph).