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Lucas William Bradley Harrell

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Lucas Harrell was a standout amateur athlete, lettering in both basketball and baseball at Ozark (MO) High School. On the diamond he led his team to the state championship as an infielder and starting pitcher. He was signed by the Chicago White Sox and scouts Alex Slattery and Nathan Durst as a 4th round pick in the 2004 amateur draft.

Harrell made his pro debut in 2004 with the Bristol White Sox and then spent the next summer with the Kannapolis Intimidators, going 7-11 with a 3.65 ERA and 85 strikeouts in 26 starts. He began 2006 with the Winston-Salem Warthogs and went 7-2 with a 2.45 ERA in 17 starts and earned a spot on the Carolina League All-Star team. He was promoted to the Birmingham Barons in mid-July and made three starts for the team before being sidelined by a shoulder injury for the remainder of the season after just three outings.

Harrell missed the entire 2007 campaign due to elbow surgery. The Sox added him to the 40-man roster in 2008 to protect him from the Rule V Draft.

Harrell reached the big leagues with the Sox in 2010, making his debut in a start against the Oakland Athletics on July 30th, taking the place of Daniel Hudson, who had been traded earlier in the day to the Arizona Diamondbacks. He pitched six innings, allowing four hits and one run (but walking five) and got credit for the win. He finished the season 1-0, 4.88 in 8 games. He pitched 3 times for the White Sox in 2011, with no decisions, before being placed on waivers and being claimed by the Houston Astros on July 8th. He pitched 6 times for Houston, with a record of 0-2, 3.46.

Harrell surprised the Astros by winning a spot in the starting rotation in spring training of 2012. He made his first start of the season on April 7th, facing 49-year-old Jamie Moyer in his return to the major leagues after a year-and-a-half away. He was outstanding, keeping the Colorado Rockies off the scoreboard in 7 innings to earn his first National League win. He continued to pitch well as the season progressed, and on June 27th was credited with his first career shutout, a 1-0 win over the San Diego Padres, striking out Nick Hundley with the bases loaded to end the game. That brought his record on the season to 7-6, and his ERA stood at 4.33.

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