Queensbury High School graduate Brendan Harris will get a chance at making another Major League Baseball roster after the Los Angeles Angels announced Thursday they had signed him to a minor-league contract.
Harris, a free-agent infielder who played in the major leagues for at least parts of 2004-10, will be invited to spring training to compete for a major-league roster spot. According to mlb.com, he will compete with Angel Sanchez and Andrew Romine for the utility-infield spot vacated by Maicer Izturis.
Last season, Harris played for the Colorado Sky Sox, the Colorado Rockies’ triple-A team in the Pacific League. He played in 106 games, hit .317 with 33 doubles, four triples, nine home runs, 63 RBIs, a team-high 52 walks and just 44 strikeouts. He had a .914 on-base percentage and committed 18 errors while primarily playing third base.
Harris said by phone, activity for his services picked up over last weekend.
“It really turned around quickly,” Harris said. “I knew the Angels’ assistant G.M. Scott Servais from when he was a coach with the Cubs, and we got talking seriously. It seems to be a great opportunity, and I didn’t take the time to take it further with any of the other clubs because this sounded good.”
Harris has a split contract, meaning how much he gets paid depends on whether he ends up with the Angels or their Triple-A affiliate, the Salt Lake Bees.
Harris said his 2012 season in Colorado Springs helped him restore his ability.
“It was real good to use all parts of the field, hit with some power, drive in runs ... and just kind of get back swinging the way I was.”
Harris said he is excited about joining the Angels’ organization.
“I’ve been a fan of (manager Mike) Scioscia from afar. His teams always play hard and I got a good feeling from talking with them.
Harris will be back in the area to lead his Brendan Harris Baseball Clinc for boys and girls ages 5 and older on Saturday, Dec. 8 at Queensbury High School.