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Saturday, December 31, 2005

Rockies - Signed Harris

Colorado Rockies - Signed IF Wee Willie Harris to a 1-year contract.

The details are still being ironed out but it seems certain that this will go through.

Nice little signing, supposing the dollars are minimal.  While every baseball fan and media person admits that Coors Field is a strong home run park, the idea that it’s also a massive batting average park hasn’t received quite as widespread belief.  Nowadays, Coors isn’t standing head and shoulder above other parks with the longball like it used to, but it still has an effect on batting average nearly 3 times that of any other park in baseball.  Willie Harris made a smart choice here - he could easily hit .300 and con GMs into thinking he’s Juan Pierre.  I’m quite surprised with the projection, though - 280/360/350 seems more likely to me.

2006 ZiPS Projection - Willie Harris
300 57   87 11 1   2 26 43 60 17 .290 .378 .353


Dan Szymborski Posted: December 31, 2005 at 10:15 PM | 9 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Quinton McCracken's BFF Posted: January 08, 2006 at 03:26 PM (#1811219)
Not ONE comment!
   2. The_Next_Big_Thing Posted: January 08, 2006 at 03:46 PM (#1811227)
It's Willie Harris...
   3. Der Komminsk-sar Posted: January 09, 2006 at 02:49 PM (#1812336)
... and he hasn't even signed yet.
   4. VG Posted: January 09, 2006 at 03:33 PM (#1812406)
Thank you, Little Willie, for your pinch-hitting a single and scoring the winning run in the Series-clinching Game 4.

Harris can be a solid platoon player at second base. He can fill in at short in a pinch and is a decent outfielder, although his throwing arm limits him at both of those positions.
   5. My guest will be Jermaine Allensworth Posted: January 09, 2006 at 04:49 PM (#1812551)
I guess the Rockies didn't get enough of White Sox AAAA infielders after trading for Aaron Miles.

Willie's a solid ballplayer. Probably the best baserunner the Sox had, draws a fair amount of walks considering pitchers aren't that afraid to pitch to him. Pretty funny guy from his appearances on the World Series DVD.
   6. 6 - 4 - 3 Posted: January 09, 2006 at 08:37 PM (#1812949)
There are worse guys to have as your 25th man, but if he's the primary backup middle infielder (lacks the defense) or fourth outfielder (lacks the offense) then you have problems. But he has some utility if he's used correctly.
   7. Rob Base Posted: January 09, 2006 at 08:46 PM (#1812972)
I was thinking Lenny.
   8. Boots Day Posted: January 09, 2006 at 09:07 PM (#1813026)
I don't think there was a thread on the Rockies re-signing Byung-Hyun Kim, or if there was I missed it. I suspect he's going to make a lot bigger difference to the Rox than Harris will.

The Rockies could be in contention in that weak NL West. Seriously.
   9. Der Komminsk-sar Posted: January 09, 2006 at 09:09 PM (#1813034)
And I was thinking Carl.

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