June 8, 2013

Santa Clarita, CA -- Just over a week after playing in the NAIA World Series, The Master's College Cody Harris (Lakewood, CA) was picked by the Miami Marlins on the third and final day of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

The junior third baseman/pitcher was the Marlins' 24th-round pick and the 712th choice overall.

Harris has been the Mustangs' starting third baseman since his freshman year, making 55 starts at the hot corner this season, hitting .283 and driving in 16 runs.

However, because of his low 90s fastball, most major league teams, including the Marlins, are projecting him as a pitcher.  Earlier in the week, Mustang coach Monte Brooks, speaking of Harris and teammate James Scott, told The Santa Clarita Valley Signal, "They're converted position players, but scouts are interested because they're in such great physical condition, can throw 90-plus and their statures are such great pitchers' profiles."

Harris made 18 appearances on the mound, all in relief, in 2013, striking out 27 batters in 20.2 innings of work and holding opposing hitters to a .188 average.

The Santa Clarita Valley Signal contributed to this article.