Prospect Profile: Clay Harris

Clay Harris has been involved in winning baseball before as a member of the LSU Tigers. Now, he's in the Phillies organization and made a trip to the inaugural New York / Penn League All-Star Game in his first professional season. The sky's the limit for the young second baseman.

Clay Harris adjusted pretty well to life in a small town among the other things that he needed to adjust to in 2005. The rigors of professional baseball are different from the college game. The first big difference is a wooden bat.

"It's a different approach," said Harris, talking about hitting with a wooden bat. "You have to be more selective and have to get the good part of the bat on the ball. You don't have the advantage of that aluminum to help you out." Obviously, the adjustment went well since Harris hit .311 for the MuckDogs. "I was happy with the season," said Harris.

Even though his career is still in its infancy, Harris has already done some things that he's proud of. "Playing in the All-Star Game was an honor. The field (KeySpan Park in Brooklyn) was really nice and just stepping on the field made you proud of where you were at." It's an honor that Harris hopes his younger brother, Will, gets a chance to enjoy.

"I played with him at LSU and really had fun. I'm hoping that he gets drafted next year and gets to play in the New York - Penn League and enjoy the same things that I got to this season," said the proud older brother. "He's a bigger guy than I am and plays first and third at LSU."

The Phillies believe that Harris has a chance to become a much better than average prospect. They were very happy with his first pro season and it's not out of the question that he'll start 2006 at Lakewood. "I'll play wherever, but obviously, I'd like to be in a full-season league. That would be my goal for now," said Harris. Phillies assistant general manager Mike Arbuckle believes that Harris can write his own ticket. "He worked hard and showed a lot this season. We knew he was special and like what he can do, so I won't be surprised by any successes that he has," commented Arbuckle.

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