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Hello, my name is: Will Harris

Harris was one of the most reliable of our relievers in 2013, but drifted in and out of our bullpen this season. What do we think of his season overall?

How this works

Every other day, from now through to Christmas, we'll open up discussion on a particular player who made a meaningful contribution to the 2014 Diamondbacks. [I've drawn the line at 125 PA or 20 innings] There will be two sections. Firstly, a poll where you rate them from 5 ("Highly satisfied") down to 1 ("Very dissatisfied"): it's entirely up to you what criteria you use for the number. Secondly, the comments below, where you can talk about the reasons for your vote, etc. Things to discuss include, but are not limited to:

  • Pre-season expectations
  • 2014 performance: strengths and weaknesses, etc.
  • Health and other mitigating factors
  • How they'll help the team in 2015, their role, etc.

Three days down the line, we'll collate the votes, calculate a final average score, and write up the consensus of SnakePit thought into an appraisal. Here is a quick overview of today's candidate for your consideration.

Additional bonus! Going forward. we'll also have a "Comment of the Thread" for the appraisal, so please rec the comments you find insightful, funny, or whatever.

Will Harris - RHP

  • DOB: 8/28/1984
  • 2014 Salary: League minimum
  • 2014 performance: 29 games, 29 IP, 35:9 K/BB, 0-3, 4.34 ERA
  • 2014 value: 0.1 bWAR, 0.2 fWAR.
  • The "how they'll help the team in 2015" section will be brief for Harris, since he was claimed off waivers by the Houston Astros on November 3. Easy come, easy go, since that was the way he was acquired by Arizona in April 2013. He had a stellar first season for us, but proved less effective in 2014, his ERA climbing from 2.91 to 4.34 over three stints with the team, at the beginning and end of the season, as well as in June. However, that was skewed by a couple of really bad outings, most of his earned runs (eight of 14) coming in one of his 29 innings. This included the worst WP score by a D-backs pitcher last season.