Twenty-six year old right-hander Lucas Harrell was claimed off waivers from the White Sox last season. Originally drafted by Chicago in the fourth round of the 2004 draft, Harrell has made only 17 appearances in the big leagues including five starts.
Harrell has a full arsenal of pitches including a low-nineties heater, a hard slider, a curve, and a changeup. Harrell’s repertoire is that of a starting pitcher and he has been used almost exclusively in that role in the minors. Harrell has had success at the AAA level, compiling a 26-16 record and a 3.57 ERA in 58 starts. But walks have been a problem for Harrell. He has averaged more than four walks per nine innings pitched for his minor league career.
From what I’ve seen of Harrell, I like him. He had good movement on his fastball and slider in his appearances with the Astros late last season. Take a look at his pitch f/x data for his start against St. Louis on the final day of the season.
Harrell should join the rotation as soon as Brett Myers or Wandy Rodriguez get traded. If that doesn’t happen before Opening Day, Harrell will bide his time in the bullpen until needed.