State College Spikes

Former State College Spike reliever Harris called up to St. Louis Cardinals

Mitch Harris, who started his professional baseball career with the State College Spikes in 2013, was called up to the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday.

Harris, a right-handed relief pitcher and Navy veteran, will become the first United States Naval Academy grad to appear in a major league game since Nemo Gaines in 1921 when he makes his debut.

Harris, 29, was called up to replace outfielder Peter Bourjos, who went on the paternity list Tuesday. The Cardinals opened a three-game road series against the Washington Nationals on Tuesday.

He served five years as a lieutenant in the Navy and joined the Spikes in 2013. Harris went 4-1 with a 0.81 ERA in 20 relief appearances for State College. He then played at four levels and climbed to Triple-A Memphis in 2014.

Harris had two saves and made four appearances with a 2.45 ERA for Memphis this season.

There are now 11 former Spikes playing in the major leagues.

State College opens its season June 19 against the Williamsport Crosscutters at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.