ADELANTO, California —— Oakland Athletics outfielder James Harris can be seen below in a series of open-faced hitting GIFs, taken during his time playing with the High-A California League‘s Stockton Ports. All these GIFs are taken from his at-bats during a July, 2016 road series in Adelanto against the High Desert Mavericks, a Texas Rangers affiliate.
Harris, a former first round draft pick of the Tampa Bay Rays, has been through some adversity in his career after being released by the Rays and then re-signed as a lowly minor league free agent by his hometown Athletics. Seeking a fresh start with Oakland, Harris has certainly made the most of his time with the organization, earning Cal League All-Star honors in 2016 and eventually working his way into a promotion to the Double-A Texas League‘s Midland RockHounds in the process.
James Harris, Oakland Athletics, GIF #1
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Harris shows pretty good balance and very good athleticism at the plate, and while his power numbers likely won’t ever pop, he can get the barrel on the ball and is patient and mature enough to hit at various spots throughout the order as necessary. The coming 2017 season will be an interesting one for Harris who, of course, is still a former first round draft pick. He won’t be 24 years old until August, and there’s a feasible chance he could find himself in Oakland at some point in 2018 if things all go according to plan with his hometown team.