Some are asking if the promotion of Mitch Harris is a good baseball decision or a publicity boost.
Many people that follow the Cardinals know the story behind Mitch Harris. He was drafted in 2008 in the 13th round but he spent time honoring his commitment to the Navy. They didn’t allow him to join the Cardinals until 2013. He has rose through the ranks of the organization and now gets the call to the major leagues. Is he worthy or are the Cardinals just promoting him because of his story?
In four season he is 6-3 with 4 saves and a 36/76 BB/K ratio and a 2.78 ERA. Those are certainly good numbers but are they good enough, is he ready enough for the major leagues. Isn’t there likely pitchers that have better numbers and better stuff that could have been promoted?
Sure. But. They are good enough to pitch in the majors and Harris doesn’t project out to a long career as the righthander is now 29 years of age and gets to fulfill another dream.
I say it is ok to bring him along. Yes, it is a good story.
Mich Harris, I salute you for your naval career and hard work to make it to the major leagues.
You know, there is nothing wrong with a good story from time to time.