Houston Astros reliever Will Harris starts the 2016 MLB season as one the many options for manager A.J. Hinch in the sixth and seventh inning. The rolls were set with Ken Giles pitching in the eighth inning and closer Luke Gregerson finishing off the game in the nineth.
Fast forward three month as Harris will be on the 2016 American League All-Star Game roster as the Astros closer.
Harris, 31, is 0-1 with a 0.74 ERA (3 ER/ 36.2 IP) with 36 strikeouts, six walks, and a 0.87 WHIP in 36 games this season with the Astros. Harris leads all AL relievers in ERA (0.74) and has successfully converted each of his eight save opportunities.
He has allowed just 26 hits over 36 2/3 innings -- all singles. Harris set a club record with 26 consecutive appearances without allowing a run.
Harris joins fellow Astros Jose Altuve on the roster, who was selected as a starter at second base. George Springer could also be added to the roster as he is one of five AL candidates on the ballot for the 2016 MLB All-Star Game Final Vote, which will open for fan voting tonight beginning at 7 p.m..
Fans can vote now for Springer at astros.com/vote and vote using Twitter with the hastag #VoteSpringer (twitter voting starts at 9 a.m. CT Friday). Voting will go through July 8 at 3 p.m.