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Friday, January 20, 2017

Kris Harmes, So Much - 20

Kris Harmes turned pro directly out of high school, starting with the Blue Jays at rookie Medicine Hat.

In a feature on his team that July, Harmes expressed to Sports Illustrated his realization of exactly where he stood.

"I have so much to learn," Harmes told SI. "I was pretty good in high school, but here I feel so raw."

Harmes learned enough to play in seven seasons. He played them all in the minors. He reached AA, but not higher.

Harmes' career began that year in 1990, taken by the Blue Jays in the 36th round of the draft out of Donegal High School in Mount Joy, Pa.

Harmes recalled to Lancaster Online years later his high school coach Al Harmes and his impact on Harmes and teammates.

"He taught us more than just baseball," Harmes said, according to the site. "He taught us how to be men — how to take responsibility, how to work with one another through the good and the bad."

Harmes later made the Mount Joy Athletic Association Hall of Fame.

With the Blue Jays, Harmes started at Medicine Hat and got some time at short-season St. Catharine. Between them, he got into 53 games and hit .274.

He split time between high-A Dunedin and St. Catharines in 1991 and 1992. He hit .254 in 1992.

Harmes played all of 1993 at single-A Hagerstown. That spring, he made the Blue Jays spring training roster. He made the league All-Star team that July.

Harmes first made AA Knoxville in 1995. He returned there for 1996, marking his final season as a pro.

Harmes has since returned to Pennsylvania. In 2016, he became vice president of sales for Service Tire Truck Centers.
1990 Minor League Tally
Players/Coaches Featured: 2,513
Made the Majors:1,009-40.2%
Never Made Majors:1,504-59.8%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 419
10+ Seasons in the Minors:259

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