Monday, February 28, 2005

Brendan Harris Report

Brendan Harris, 2B/3B, Washington Nationals
Drafted 138th Overall (5th Rd), 2001 Draft, William and Mary
Bats R/Throws R
24 YO, 6'1", 195 lbs

What did Brendan Harris do to deserve this? It seems like every time he gets an opportunity, he gets another roadblock thrown in his way. What exactly is Vinny Castilla supposed to provide that Harris couldn't do just as well?

2004 Iowa: .311/.353/.531, 21 2B, 11 HR, 16 BB, 40 K, 254 AB
2004 Edmonton: .285/.345/.480, 6 2B, 4 HR, 10 BB, 21 K, 123 AB
2004 Chicago: .222/.300/.333, 1 2B, 0 HR, 1 BB, 1 K, 9 AB
2004 Montreal: .160/.208/.260, 2 2B, 1 HR, 2 BB, 11 K, 50 AB
Minor League Career: .302/.397/.488, 105 2B, 16 3B, 41 HR, 139 BB, 221 K, 1403 AB

Harris has the classic tweener profile. Scouts don't see him as a real second baseman, but he also isn't exactly the bat that you envision when you close your eyes and think of a third baseman. It's a bit unfair as Harris is a good defender at third, and can more than hold his own at second because of good footwork and good hands. He's more valuable at second base, but the Nats have Jose Vidro locked up there long term.

If given a chance, Harris would be a solid regular. At third base, he'd be in the Joe Randa range of good glove, mid-range bats. At second base, he'd be a pretty valuable player with an above average bat and a league average glove. He doesn't deserve to go back to AAA or to be a major league utility infielder. There should be a sabermetric groundswell of support for him in the FREE ERUBIEL DURAZO tradition.

ETA: Later than what is sensible
3 1/2 Stars

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