Former Missouri pitcher Tanner Houck is one step away from his big league debut for the Boston Red Sox after a second promotion this season, and outfielder Trey Harris was also promoted for the second time this season Thursday.
The Boston Red Sox promoted Houck, 23, from the Class AA Portland (Maine) Sea Dogs to the AAA Pawtucket Red Sox on Saturday.
Houck, the 24th overall pick in the 2017 draft, was a mid-season Eastern League All-Star with the Sea Dogs after an 8-6 record and a 4.25 ERA in 15 starts. He threw 82 innings, allowing 86 hits and 39 earned runs with 32 walks and 80 strikeouts, striking out 8.71 batters per nine innings. He has yet to start in AAA, and has given up a hit and two walks in three innings pitched in relief.
Harris' rise has been, at least by draft selection, meteoric and far less certain than Houck's. Taken by his hometown team in the 32nd round with pick No. 952, Harris was assigned to Single-A Rome (Ga.) Aug. 10 last year. He went through spring training with the Braves in North Port, Fla., and after slashing .366/.437/.594 with a 1.031 OPS (on-base plus slugging) and 74 hits, 44 RBI and eight home runs in 56 games with Rome this season, he was promoted to the (Kissimmee) Florida Fire Frogs June 4.
After 34 games with Advanced-A Florida, he was promoted Thursday to AA Mississippi. Harris slashed .303/.388/.433 with 37 hits, including four homers, and 17 RBI. In 90 total games this season, he has 111 hits, 12 home runs, 19 doubles, 61 RBI and 32 walks with 58 strikeouts, while hitting .343/.418/.537.