Lefty Joe Harris added to bullpen for stretch run
While uncertainly remains around the health of Stephen Penney’s pitching shoulder, the Revolution are not standing pat in making sure their bullpen is ready for the postseason. The team has acquired left-handed reliever Joe Harris from the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks of the American Association. Harris comes to the Revolution in exchange for future considerations, which is likely an understanding between both clubs that the southpaw will return to Fargo next season and not begin the season in York.
Harris becomes the first of two players the Revolution are permitted to add from outside leagues after September 1, per Atlantic League rules. It is common for a handful of American Association players to be acquired by Atlantic League clubs in September, as their regular season concludes three weeks before the ALPB, and they’re currently in the playoffs.
The 27-year-old has pitched the last four seasons with Fargo-Moorhead. Harris is coming off a career year; last season he posted a 10-3 record in relief with six saves in 53 appearances. He can go multiple innings if need be; he posted a 1.55 ERA in 69.2 innings in 2013. To this point, Fargo-Moordhead is the only team Harris has played for professionally, joining them in 2011 out of Wilmington College in Delaware. In 160 career appearances with F-M, he’s posted a 2.41 ERA in 216 innings. Harris has 186 strikeouts in that time against just 76 walks, and has surrendered a miniscule 15 home runs in four seasons.
Harris is a native of Douglassville, PA, in Berks County.