Will Harris
Will Harris
34-Year-Old PitcherRP
Houston Astros
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Harris had another strong season in 2018, his third straight campaign in which his strikeout rate (27.8%), walk rate (6.1%) and groundball rate (49.7%) all beat the league average. He again fell out of favor in the playoffs, however, and was left off the ALCS roster entirely. The veteran also saw his workload managed carefully throughout the season, tossing just 56.2 innings despite being healthy all year. At 34 years old, it would be surprising to see that trend reverse in 2019, giving Harris a low ceiling as a non-closer with a small innings total and good-but-not-elite ratios. His performance shows no signs of decline, though at his age a drop-off wouldn't be surprising. As such, Harris can be ignored at draft time in most formats. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $4.23 million contract with the Astros in January of 2019, avoiding arbitration.
Gives up first runs
PHouston Astros
April 28, 2019
Harris allowed two runs on two hits while striking out one in Saturday's 4-3 extra-inning win over the Indians.
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Harris was responsible for two men on base that came home while Ryan Pressly was pitching. These were the first runs charged to Harris, who had thrown nine scoreless innings over 10 appearances prior to Saturday.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-24%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-39%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-30%
BAA vs RHP
2017
 
 
-12%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .251 230 58 15 53 6 0 3
Since 2017vs Right .190 242 73 11 44 6 1 7
2019vs Left .242 35 8 2 8 0 0 0
2019vs Right .148 30 7 3 4 1 0 0
2018vs Left .267 119 31 10 28 4 0 1
2018vs Right .187 111 33 4 20 3 1 2
2017vs Left .233 76 19 3 17 2 0 2
2017vs Right .206 101 33 4 20 2 0 5
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-49%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-100%
ERA on Road
2018
 
 
-8%
ERA on Road
2017
 
 
-68%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 3.82 1.13 63.2 3 4 2 9.3 2.4 1.4
Since 2017Away 1.96 0.93 55.0 6 1 0 10.6 1.5 0.0
2019Home 2.45 1.50 7.1 0 0 0 6.1 3.7 0.0
2019Away 0.00 0.64 9.1 1 0 0 9.6 1.9 0.0
2018Home 3.60 1.14 35.0 2 3 0 9.0 2.8 0.8
2018Away 3.32 1.02 21.2 3 0 0 12.0 1.2 0.0
2017Home 4.64 0.98 21.1 1 1 2 11.0 1.3 3.0
2017Away 1.50 0.96 24.0 2 1 0 9.8 1.5 0.0
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Stat Review
How does Will Harris compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against this season's data (min 20 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
3.00
 
K/9
8.1
 
BB/9
2.7
 
HR/9
0.0
 
Fastball
0.0 mph
 
ERA
1.08
 
WHIP
1.02
 
BABIP
.273
 
GB/FB
3.75
 
Left On Base
88.2%
 
Exit Velocity
92.3 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
2.2%
 
Spin Rate
2611 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
40.0%
 
Swinging Strike
12.3%
 
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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Will Harris
The Z Files: Oh, What a Relief It... Isn't?
20 days ago
Todd Zola takes another look at the value of high-strikeout middle relievers, such as the Mets' Seth Lugo, in the current run-scoring environment.
Mound Musings: AL West Draft Day Targets
63 days ago
Brad Johnson completes deep dive into each divisions this week with a look at the American League West, where in Seattle, Felix Hernandez might be in the twilight of his career.
Mound Musings: AL West Draft Day Targets
March 22, 2018
Brad Johnson wraps up his trip around the league with an analysis of the arms of the AL West, featuring Justin Verlander and the stellar Houston Astros staff.
RotoWire Roundtable: Composite Top 350
February 17, 2018
Our five-member panel shares their overall rankings to provide a composite Top 350 overall for the first installment of the RotoWire Roundtable Rankings for 2018.
Collette Calls: Bullpen Watch at the Break
July 11, 2017
Jason Collette reviews each team's bullpen and looks at who might move as we enter the second half with the trade deadline approaching.
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After being a key component of the bullpen all season, Harris fell out of favor in the playoffs. It obviously didn’t cost the Astros, but Harris only pitched in six postseason games, throwing just four innings. During the season, Harris recorded a 2.98 ERA and 0.97 WHIP, compiling 21 holds and two saves in 45.1 innings. He was shelved from mid-July through late August with a shoulder injury but returned to a 3.37 ERA and 1.03 WHIP with 13 whiffs and two holds in 10.2 innings down the stretch. Relying primarily on a cutter with a curve, he fanned 52 to just seven walks in 45.1 frames. Harris should again be an integral cog in the Houston bullpen, looking for his third consecutive season with at least 20 holds, with a chance to vulture wins behind a prolific offense. In an environment where middle relievers should be deployed more liberally in mixed leagues, Harris is a nice cheap target, as his price could be suppressed after he was virtually ignored in the playoffs.
Harris has become a force to be reckoned with since coming over to the Astros prior to the 2015 season. In the past two years, the right-hander has compiled a 2.07 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and more than a K-per-frame over 135.0 combined innings. He served as the midsummer closer for an Astros squad that utilized a revolving door at the back of the bullpen last season, but he hit a rough patch at the wrong time and was lifted from the role after four consecutive outings with at least one run allowed. He has a simple, two-pitch approach that is all curves and cutters, pitches that he will use with a 50/50 frequency when he gets two strikes on a hitter from either side of the plate. He will enter 2017 as one of the primary setup men for closer Ken Giles, and would need Giles to struggle mightily or suffer an injury to get back in the mix for saves.
Claimed off waivers by the Astros last November, Harris performed well for the team during spring training and secured a spot on the Opening Day roster. Overshadowed by free agent signees Luke Gregerson and Pat Neshek, the 31-year-old right-hander flew under the radar early in the year, but finished the season with the most appearances among Houston's pitchers (68). Harris easily had his best season as a pro in 2015, likely earning him a similar role out of the bullpen in 2016.
The Diamondbacks had plenty go wrong in 2014, but the emergence of several useful arms in the bullpen was among the pleasant surprises. The 30-year-old Harris was part of that cast, but his advanced age made the team willing to part with him at season's end. With a low-90s fastball and a curveball, he profiles as a middle reliever at this stage. If nothing else, Harris is a good story after spending the better part of seven years ascending through the Rockies' farm system before getting his first look in the big leagues in 2012. Last season, he carried a 29.2% strikeout rate and showed steady control (7.5% BB%), prompting the Astros to claim him off waivers. Look for Harris to get an opportunity to secure an Opening Day roster spot with Houston during spring training.
Harris was great out of the bullpen for the 2013 Diamondbacks, finishing the year with a 2.91 ERA and a 9.1 K/9. The righty is not a likely candidate to close in 2014, but those strikeout rates will always keep him in the discussion in the case of injury, and he brings good control (2.6 BB/9) to the table along with the aforementioned ability to miss bats. With David Hernandez and J.J. Putz coming off of disappointing seasons, Harris' chances of seeing time in the ninth inning in 2014 are not as remote as they might seem at first glance.
After performing some nice middle-relief work at Double-A and Triple-A earlier last season, Harris was rewarded with his first taste of the big leagues. Unfortunately for Harris, he was hit hard upon on arrival, allowing 16 runs on 27 hits over 20 appearances. Now that the Rockies have their full complement of relievers in tow to begin the season, expect Harris to head to Triple-A and be on call in the event of an injury to a reliever.
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Leaves inherited men on base
PHouston Astros
April 7, 2019
Harris struck out the lone batter he faced in Saturday's 6-0 win over the Athletics.
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Throws scoreless frame
PHouston Astros
March 26, 2019
Harris struck out one in a scoreless inning Monday against the Pirates.
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Behind in throwing program
PHouston Astros
March 3, 2019
Harris will make his spring debut Monday against the Mets, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
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Reaches deal with Astros
PHouston Astros
January 11, 2019
Harris signed a one-year, $4.225 million contract with the Astros on Friday to avoid arbitration, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
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Option declined, remains with Astros
PHouston Astros
November 1, 2018
The Astros declined Harris' $5.5 million option for 2019 on Thursday, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports.
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