• Went 3-3 with a 3.42 ERA (50-IP, 19-ER) in 17 apps, including 6 starts, during his junior season in 2012.
• Had best start of the year against Western Kentucky when he threw a complete game one-hitter while striking out 11 and was named Sun Belt Player of the Week the following day.
• Played previously at North Central Texas College where he was named to the Texas/New Mexico JUCO All-Star Team in 2010.
• Previously selected in the 30th round of the 2009 June Draft by the New York Mets.__________________________________________________________________
Rays Digest: You've already been drafted once by the Mets back in 2009, how is it different this time? How does it compare?
Jordan Harrison: I think coming out of high school I didn't feel like I was ready and so I was leaning towards college the whole time. This time I knew I was ready and I was ready to get on with my career. That was my mindset.
Rays Digest: Did you have any contact with the Rays this time? Did you kind of know that they were looking at you and were possibly going to draft you?
Jordan Harrison: Yeah I had been talking to the scout from Louisiana for a couple of weeks before the draft.
Rays Digest: Where were you and what were you doing when you found out that you had been drafted? Were you with family and friends?
Jordan Harrison: I was actually in my truck waiting for our charter bus to come get us, because we were going to The Woodlands to play a team in the TCL, the Texas Collegiate League.
Rays Digest: Can you tell me a little bit about yourself as a pitcher? What kinds of pitches do you throw and what is your approach like on the mound?
Jordan Harrison: I throw a fastball, curveball and changeup. My curveball is usually used in my set-up counts, it's not an out-pitch. I usually pitch off my fastball, but I throw the changeup in fastball counts and that's how I've been successful. It keeps the hitters off-balance. Being able to throw three pitches for a strike helps a lot.
Rays Digest: Earlier this year against Western Kentucky you had one heck of a game. You pitched a complete game and only gave up one hit and struck out 11 guys. It seems like you had all of your pitches going that day. Can you tell me a little bit about that performance?
Jordan Harrison: I kept the ball down for the most part and I got ahead of a lot of hitters and I stayed out of the 2-0 count for the most part. I just kept them off-balance. I don't know, when something like that happens you have to have a little bit of luck on your side too.
Rays Digest: You've been a starter and a reliever, in which role are you most comfortable?
Jordan Harrison: It doesn't really matter. I'm pretty comfortable starting, but I'm also really comfortable coming in in jams. They have me down as both here [in Port Charlotte at Rays camp] right now.
Rays Digest: Do you have any idea where you'll be assigned?
Jordan Harrison: I think it's here in Port Charlotte.
Rays Digest: You transferred from North Central Texas College to Louisiana-Lafayette , why did you decide to transfer there? Was it the baseball program and the coaching staff?
Jordan Harrison: I heard it was a good pitching-program, which it was. I had never heard anything bad about it and they were one of the first to jump on me, so I kind of stuck with them.
Rays Digest: As a junior, you didn't have to sign with the Rays, you could have gone back to school. Was part of your deciding to sign the fact that the Rays are such a great organization at developing pitchers?
Jordan Harrison: Oh yeah, most definitely.
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