29-Year-Old Pitcher – Texas Rangers
2014 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
Back and shoulder injuries limited Harrison to just two starts in 2013, but early indications are that he'll be healthy for spring training. He had a two-year track record of solid numbers -- 32 wins,...
Matt Harrison Contract Information:
Agreed to a five-year, $55 million extension with the Rangers in January of 2013.
Harrison (back) is expected to start throwing again in January, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
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2014 Stat Review for Matt Harrison As compared to the top 100 starting pitchers in 2013 (min 140 in)
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Texas Rangers Roster
MajorsAlberto, Hanser (SS)
AAABarnes, Scott (P)
A+Brinson, Lewis (OF)
AAkins, Jordan (OF)
RookieBeras, Jairo (OF)
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Harrison built upon 2011's unlikely breakout, eclipsing the prior season in every regard. The peripherals don't scream "ace" but it's hard to deny the numbers the past two years: 32 wins, 3.33 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP. His groundball inducing ways, right into the teeth of the best left side infield defense in all of baseball, certainly helps. There are safer gambles out there given Harrison's shaky peripherals, but you shouldn't hesitate to pounce if the bidding stops well short of expectations.
Harrison emerged after a few mediocre seasons to win 14 games and post a 3.39 ERA. His peripherals (126:57 K:BB in 185.2 innings) don't point to continued success, though an excellent infield defense will help hide some of his flaws. That said, Harrison maintained the increase in his swinging-strike percentage from 2010 (7.6 percent) and he continues to induce plenty of outs on the ground. He rebounded from a poor August (6.07 ERA, 1.517 WHIP) with an excellent September (2.64 ERA, 1.174 WHIP), so he shouldn't have any issues shouldering a full workload again in 2012 as a member of the rotation.
Harrison began the year in the rotation, but a trip to the DL with biceps tendinitis put a quick end to that in early May and he struggled out of the bullpen upon his return. He walks too many to be an effective lefty specialist, and he's destined to spend another year in middle-to-long relief out of the Texas bullpen as something of a spare part.
Harrison was cuffed around (again) for the most part, though he did have some success early in the season for a string of starts. He battled shoulder injuries, making just two starts after June and eventually underwent surgery for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome in July. He was able to come back for a few starts in the AFL, showing good velocity but not much command. His major league career totals aren't very good (147 innings, 181 hits, 76:54 K:BB) despite pitching pretty well in the minors leading up to his debut in 2008. He's too young, and showed enough promise in the minors, to dismiss him completely, though the improved infield defense that Texas now sports won't help him as much as others given his flyball tendencies. He'll compete for a rotation spot this spring, and the shoulder shouldn't be a limiting factor.
Quick quiz: Predict the W/L record for the following stat line: 83.2 innings, 100 hits, 31 walks, 42 K, 5.49 ERA. Let's assume 9-3 wasn't your answer. He'll be a swimmer in the rather large pool of rotation candidates with Texas next spring, which is all you need to know about Texas' pitching. That said, he's a 23-year-old lefty who has had success across his minor league stops, so Harrison has more upside than most of his competition for open spots in the Rangers' rotation.
Harrison was shut down by Texas due to shoulder discomfort after being acquired in the Mark Teixeira trade, but did manage to return to make seven starts in the Arizona Fall League (27 hits, 16 hits, 19:7 K:BB ratio). His numbers at Double-A Mississippi (116.2 innings, 188 hits, 78:34 K:BB ratio) while still with Atlanta were a drop off from his 2006 season in terms of K/9IP, but we can give him a shoulder-related mulligan. He'll see significant time at Triple-A in 2008 and could be ready for a rotation spot at this time next year.
Harrison, a 2003 third-round pick, had an outstanding 114:33 K:BB in 159 innings between High-A and Double-A last season. Scouts rave about his command of three pitches at a young age. A strong full season at Double-A in 2007 could make him a factor in the majors in 2008. He's a minor league keeper to grab as a result.
Harrison showed outstanding control at High-A Rome (118/30 K/BB ratio in 167 innings) and scouts rave about his command of three pitches at a very early age. He could rise quickly in the Atlanta farm system as a result.