KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Will Harris was born in Houston and has some fuzzy memories of his early years in the Bayou City, but pitching for the Astros at Minute Maid Park wouldn't exactly be something the right-handed pitcher would call a homecoming.
Harris, claimed off waivers from Arizona last year, grew up in Slidell, La., after moving from Houston when he was three or four years old. Still, he has some pictures of himself attending games at the Astrodome when he was little.
"Back when I was a baby and Jose Cruz and all those guys were playing at the time," said Harris, who played on the same travel team in high school as teammate Tony Sipp, who drove from Mississippi to be part of the team.
Harris was the first move the Astros made this season when they claimed him on Nov. 3. He spent parts of the previous three seasons in the Majors with the Rockies (2012), and D-backs ('13-14) and owns a career 4.26 ERA with 107 strikeouts.
"It's always exciting to see a bunch of new faces," Harris said. "Spring Training is always kind of like that for me. I get excited to get out there and remember everybody's names and get acclimated to everything."
Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.