Rangers’ starter Matt Harrison finished 2012 with an 18-11 record, a 3.29 ERA and a 133-59 strikeout to walks ratio, but pitching coach Mike Maddux believes the most promising aspect of a season that saw Harrison named to the American League All-Star game was his mental growth--which was as much a product of goings-on off the field as it was what happened between the chalk lines.
"I saw a lot of mental maturity in Matty," Maddux said, per ESPN Dallas. "Last year, he had a nice campaign. This year was better. Having a baby, becoming a father for the first time, things change. I thought he did a very nice job of balancing the father act and the baseball act and the husband act.
"It was the first time he went through that and it seemed to help him. I think the future is bright. I love Matty. He was our horse all year. He was our one guy in the rotation that was the flatliner--never got too far up or down. (He was) consistent."