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June 3, 1985 |
|Bats: Switch||Throws: Right|
|July 30, 2010 for the Chicago White Sox|
(through April 15, 2014)
|Earned run average||4.84|
|Competitor for United States|
|Baseball World Cup|
|Gold||2009 Nettuno||National team|
As a shortstop/pitcher, Harrell led Ozark High School to its first state championship in 2004 over Mary Institute and the Saint Louis Country Day School. That same year Harrell went 10–1 with a 1.09 ERA. Harrell mowed down MICDS's power-packed lineup despite an excellent showing of fan support for the Ladue, Missouri school. In the semi-final game at the state championship, Harrell was 2–3 with a double and home run along with pitching Ozark to a 2–1 victory over nationally ranked Sikeston, Missouri. Harrell also played on the Ozark state championship basketball team in 2003.
Chicago White Sox
Harrell was drafted out of high school by the Chicago White Sox in the 4th round (119th overall) of the 2004 Major League Baseball Draft. Harrell began his professional career for the Rookie League Bristol White Sox in 2004. Making 9 starts in 13 appearances, he had a 3–5 record with a 5.59 ERA.
In 2005, Harrell advanced to the Single-A Kannapolis Intimidators. He went 7–11 with a 3.65 ERA. His 26 starts and 11 losses led the Intimidators, was tied for 3rd on the team in wins, and was third on the team in strikeouts (85). In 2006, Harrell split the season between the Single-A Winston-Salem Warthogs and the Double-A Birmingham Barons. Making a combined 20 starts, he went 7–4 with a 3.18 ERA. Harrell was also a Carolina League midseason All-Star.
Harrell made his MLB debut on July 30, 2010, pitching six innings and allowing only one run in a 6–1 win over the Oakland Athletics and immediately returned to the Triple-A Charlotte Knights. On May 29, 2011, Harrell was recalled to take the spot of Tony Peña, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Harrell was claimed off waivers by the Houston Astros on July 8, 2011. His first start with the Astros was on September 2 against the Brewers. He finished the 2011 season with a 4.50 ERA, 15 strikeouts, a 0–2 record, and a 1.72 WHIP.
On April 2, 2012 Harrell was declared a starting pitcher in the team's Opening Day rotation. In his first start of the season, he threw seven scoreless innings and allowed three hits while striking out four against the Colorado Rockies. Harrell also got his first major league hit, a bunt that hugged the third-base line and stayed fair.
On June 27, 2012 he recorded his first shutout and complete game in a 1–0 win over the San Diego Padres. Not since Taylor Buchholz in 2006 had an Astros rookie pitcher recorded a shutout. Harrell finished with team bests in wins (11), innings pitched (193.2), ERA (3.76) and in WHIP (1.35).
In 2013, Harrell pitched poorly throughout the season. At one point he was demoted to the bullpen but was placed back in the rotation by the end of the season. Harrell finished with a league high 17 losses accompanied by a 5.86 ERA in 36 games (22 starts). He also finished with a league high 88 walks.
Baseball World Cup
In 2009, Harrell was called up to play in the Baseball World Cup with Team USA. Harrell and the USA Baseball team won the World Cup and the Gold Medals.
Harrell is an extreme ground ball pitcher, relying on a 91 MPH two-seam fastball. In 2012, he averaged 57% ground ball outs, ranking in the top 5 in the major leagues. He also throws an upper 80's slider, a curveball and a changeup.
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