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Brad Harman

Brad Harman - INF
Hometown: Melbourne, VIC
Debut: 22 April 2008
Final Game: 8 May 2008
Teams played for: Philadelphia Phillies

Victorian Brad Harman had just "a cup of coffee" in the big leagues, but his career in Australia has spanned decades, and he remains a familiar face on diamonds near home every summer.

Born and raised in Melbourne, Harman signed with the Philadelphia Phillies as an amateur free agent in 2003 and debuted for the GCL Phillies in 2004. Despite hitting just .230, he earned a promotion to Class A Advanced Clearwater, where he walked in his lone plate appearance.

While playing in the Minor Leagues, Harman returned home each offseason to continue plying his trade, and claimed 2005 Claxton Shield tournament MVP honours and the event's Gold Glove award in a Victoria loss to New South Wales.

Harman improved in his second professional season, hitting .303 with 11 home runs and 58 RBIs for Class A Lakewood following his superb showing in the Claxton Shield. After the MiLB season, he debuted for the Australian national team in the 2005 Baseball World Cup in the Netherlands.

After two more Minor League seasons, Harman returned to the field for the green and gold in the 2006 World Baseball Classic and in the 2007 Baseball World Cup in Taiwan. In the latter, he hit .275 and served as a spark plug for the Aussies in several key rallies in the tournament.

In 2008, Harman earned a promotion to Double-A Reading, but didn't stay in there for very long. Philadelphia shortstop Jimmy Rollins got injured at the end of April, opening the door for Harman at the Major League level and leading the Phillies to call him up all the way from Double-A.

Harman made his MLB debut on 22 April, stepping into the batter's box as a pinch hitter. He appeared in five more games for the Phils before the team sent him back to the Minors, picking up one hit and one RBI in 11 at-bats. Harman hit .210 with 17 home runs and 56 RBIs for Reading that season and spent one more season in the organisation before the Phillies designated him for assignment.

Nevertheless, he continued to man the infield for the Southern Thunder in the 2009 Baseball World Cup and the 2009 and 2013 World Baseball Classics, now as one of the team's senior players. In addition to his national team work, Harman is also a longtime member of his hometown Melbourne Aces and will suit up for them once again in the upcoming 2014/15 season.

View Brad Harman's career statistics from Baseball Reference

(Photo at right: Harman takes a swing for his hometown Aces during the ABL's 2012/13 season. Credit: SMP Images/ABL Media)