ADELANTO, California —— Oakland Athletics outfielder James Harris takes some swings — in GIF format — while playing for the Stockton Ports of the High-A California League in July, 2016. All of these GIFs that you see below are taken during his time in a road series against the Texas Rangers‘ former High-A affiliate, the High Desert Mavericks. Harris, a former first round draft pick by the Tampa Bay Rays, spent most of 2016 in Stockton and earned himself a Cal League All-Star game appearance before a late-summer promotion to the Midland RockHounds of the Texas League.
It was there in Midland that he helped the club win a Texas League championship, and now, he enters 2017 poised to start in Double-A with a legitimate shot to impact the Athletics’ Triple-A club before very long. From there, well, Harris is still a very good athlete, and it’s obvious that he was a first-round draft pick not even five years ago for a reason. Back with his hometown organization now after those years with the Rays, perhaps Harris simply needed to come home in order to find what he was really looking for, and now, the sky is the limit in 2017 for what might end up being something of a sleeper-type impact prospect in the Athletics’ organization.
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Later this month, we’ll have more on Harris in a feature interview with the outfielder that looks deeper into his development with the Athletics after overcoming his release from the organization that drafted him. Stay tuned.