Wednesday, December 07, 2005


What if infielder Brendan Harris would become the Nationals' Comeback Player of the Year? Certainly it won’t be strange since Brendan Harris is a Major League player and has played for the major league level twice before. A highly rated prospect in the Chicago Cubs system, Harris made his MLB debut back in July 2004, and returned later that same year, but with some other team. And he doesn't play for either one of them anymore. Now he is the Nats asset.

Now coming to the point, what if infielder Brendan Harris would become the Nationals' Comeback Player of the Year? He is the same player who was nowhere to be seen on the team's radar screen in terms of playing in the Major Leagues in 2006. But the two incidents that took place in the off-season have made Harris a strong entrant to be Ryan Zimmerman's backup at third base next season. Harris, 25, played for the Peoria Saguaros of the Arizona Fall League and also helped Team USA win the 2005 CONCEBE Regional Olympic Qualifying Tournament. Harris, came to the Expos from the Cubs in the trade that sent Orlando Cabrera to the Red Sox and Nomar Garciaparra to the Cubs on July 31, 2004. In the AFL, Harris was the Saguaros' best hitter, and displayed all his skills to perform equally stupendously at shortstop, third and second base. But there was a time when the Nats fail to feel too good about Harris. This happened during the last Spring Training, when Harris developed some serious problems catching the ball, for which he was promptly demoted to Minor League camp. Though he was once again promoted to big leagues on but didn't stay long -- just eight days and to this day, Harris is bewildered by the relegation because Jose Vidro was still on disabled list and the Nationals needed a second baseman to replace him.


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