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Will Harris | Relief Pitcher | #36

Team: Houston Astros
Age / DOB:  (32) / 8/28/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 249
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: LSU
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 9 (0) / COL
Contract: view contract details

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Astros and RHP Will Harris avoided arbitration by agreeing to a two-year, $5 million contract.
The 32-year-old was arbitration-eligible for the first time after a pair of dominant seasons out of the Astros' bullpen. He'll earn $2.2 million in 2017 and $2.8 million in 2018. The Astros also get a club option for 2019, which will be somewhere between $5.5 million and $8.5 million depending upon how many games Harris finishes in 2018. He's slated to open the season in a setup capacity in front of closer Ken Giles. Feb 3 - 7:55 PM

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Will Harris requested $2.3 million and was offered $1.95 million by the Astros when arbitration figures were exchanged on Friday.

The 32-year-old right-hander had another outstanding season in 2016, compiling a 2.25 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 69/15 K/BB ratio over 64 innings. He also served as the club's closer for awhile, racking up 12 saves in the process. Arbitration-eligible for the first time, he'll earn a nice bump in salary over the $525,500 that he brought home in 2016.
Jan 13 - 11:39 PM

Will Harris allowed a solo homer to Edwin Encarnacion in the ninth inning on Friday against the Blue Jays, but still hung on for his 12th save of the season.

Harris was recently booted from the closer role, but he filled in on Friday with Ken Giles on the paternity leave list. He might get another save chance or two over the weekend.
Fri, Aug 12, 2016 10:08:00 PM

Will Harris is out as the Astros' closer.

Harris blew his second straight save opportunity on Monday night against the Blue Jays after struggling through much of July. Ken Giles is taking over the job.
Tue, Aug 2, 2016 05:31:00 PM

Will Harris blew his second straight save chance on Monday when he allowed a game-tying home run to the Blue Jays' Russell Martin.

Harris allowed a leadoff homer to Martin and was then pulled after issuing a two-out walk to Darwin Barney. It was his second straight blown save and third blown save in his last five opportunities. Harris' struggles (seven earned runs over his last 5 2/3 innings) come at a time when Ken Giles has been dominant (unscored upon in his last 14 appearances). It wouldn't be a surprise to see the Astros shake things up at the back-end of the bullpen.
Tue, Aug 2, 2016 12:29:00 AM

Will Harris suffered his second blown save of the season Saturday, allowing two runs on three hits in a loss to the Tigers.

Protecting a one-run lead, Harris got two quick outs on a groundout and a strikeout before walking Justin Upton. Three singles later, Harris had blown his second save in his last four chances. He's also allowed runs in three of his last six outings, raising his ERA to a still-strong 2.11 with a 1.03 WHIP. Despite his hiccups, Harris is still pitching well and should retain the closer role for the Astros going forward.
Sat, Jul 30, 2016 10:43:00 PM

Will Harris converted his 10th save of the season against the Angels on Friday.

Harris got the call after Lance McCullers walked back-to-back batters to begin the ninth inning. He retired the first two batters he faced before Andrelton Simmons brought the Angels within one run with an RBI single. However, Harris hung on by getting Ji-Man Choi to strike out swinging to end it. Harris has had some rocky outings recently, including his first blown save of the season on Tuesday. Fantasy owners should continue to watch Ken Giles and Luke Gregerson just in case.
Sat, Jul 23, 2016 12:18:00 AM

Will Harris was called upon to protect a three-run lead in the ninth inning but gave up four runs to blow the save while retiring only one batter.

The freshly-minted All Star was spared a loss when the Astros later came back to win. His 1.66 ERA is still sparkling, but it won't take many games like this to lose his grip on the ninth inning in Houston. The Astros have Luke Gregerson and Ken Giles ready and able to snatch the closer's job away.
Sat, Jul 9, 2016 12:25:00 AM

Will Harris struck out two in a scoreless inning against the Mariners Tuesday to earn his ninth save.

Harris allowed a hit but nothing more. The first-time All-Star has been stellar in the season's first half, owning a 0.72 ERA, 0.88 WHIP and 38/6 K/BB ratio in 37 2/3 innings.
Tue, Jul 5, 2016 11:32:00 PM

Will Harris tossed a perfect ninth inning to record his eighth save of the season in Monday's victory over the Mariners.

Harris got Robinson Cano swinging and around that was a groundout and a flyout, as the closer needed 15 pitches to dispose of the M's in order. He's a perfect 8-for-8 in save opportunities since taking over as the Astros' closer.
Mon, Jul 4, 2016 05:14:00 PM

Will Harris pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the ninth to earn his seventh save as the Astros topped the Angels 4-2 on Monday.

The ninth started with a strikeout/wild pitch that allowed Johnny Giavotella to reach. Back-to-back singles followed, loading the bases with no outs. Fortunately, Harris had the bottom of the Angels' order to deal with at that point and no pinch-hitters in sight. He struck out Jett Bandy and then induced a comebacker from Andrelton Simmons that turned into a 1-2-3 double play.
Tue, Jun 28, 2016 02:00:00 AM

Will Harris tallied his sixth save of the season Wednesday in the Astros' 3-2 defeat of the Angels.

Harris gave up three singles and one earned run before ending the game on a Mike Trout lineout with Houston still leading 3-2. It was only the third run allowed by Harris this season. He has a shiny 0.83 ERA and 32/6 K/BB ratio in 32 2/3 total innings.
Wed, Jun 22, 2016 05:35:00 PM

Will Harris allowed a base hit in the ninth inning but slammed the door on the Cardinals to earn his fifth save.

He neither walked nor struck out any batters. The 31-year-old Harris came out of nowhere to snatch the Astros' closer job away from Luke Gregerson and Ken Giles. He may be a relative unknown but has the talent and the results to hold on to this job the rest of the season and beyond. He now has a 0.59 ERA with 31 strikeouts to only six walks in 30 2/3 innings.
Wed, Jun 15, 2016 11:22:00 PM

Will Harris threw a scoreless ninth inning against the Cardinals on Tuesday to earn his fourth save.

Harris bounced back from a shaky outing his last time out to retire the Cards in order. He needed just eight pitches to get the job done, including registering a strikeout. The 31-year-old has now saved four straight and owns a 0.61 ERA, 0.78 WHIP and 31/6 K/BB ratio over 29 2/3 innings on the year.
Tue, Jun 14, 2016 10:43:00 PM

Will Harris picked up his third save of the season Saturday in the Astros' 4-3 defeat of the Rays.

The right-hander walked two and allowed Logan Morrison to score on a sacrifice fly by Steven Souza, but he was able to preserve Houston's lead. Harris watched his ERA rise from 0.33 to 0.63. The horror.
Sat, Jun 11, 2016 07:16:00 PM

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C1Brian McCann
2Evan Gattis
3Max Stassi
4Juan Centeno
1B1Yulieski Gurriel
2Marwin Gonzalez
3Tyler White
4A.J. Reed
2B1Jose Altuve
SS1Carlos Correa
3B1Alex Bregman
2Colin Moran
LF1Nori Aoki
2Teoscar Hernandez
3Tony Kemp
CF1George Springer
2Jake Marisnick
RF1Josh Reddick
DH1Carlos Beltran
2Preston Tucker
Starting Pitcher
S1Dallas Keuchel
2Collin McHugh
3Lance McCullers
4Charlie Morton
5Mike Fiers
6Joe Musgrove
7Brad Peacock
8Reymin Guduan
9David Paulino
Relief Pitcher
R1Ken Giles
2Will Harris
3Luke Gregerson
4Tony Sipp
5Chris Devenski
6Michael Feliz
7James Hoyt
8Jandel Gustave
9Ashur Tolliver
10Brady Rodgers
11Kevin Chapman
12C.J. Riefenhauser