Trey Harris is a prospect most Braves fans probably don’t know much about. And until this season, there wasn’t much reason to. A local product, Harris spent four years at Mizzou before being drafted in the 32nd round by the Atlanta Braves. It wasn’t the storybook draft day he imagined, but joining the hometown team as a professional is more than he could have asked for growing up. And the 23-year old from Powder Springs is making the most of it in his first full year as a professional.
Harris began the season in Rome, where he hit for a silly .366 average and 1.031 OPS. He totaled 14 doubles, four triples, eight homers, and 44 RBIs in just 56 games before being promoted to the Florida Fire Frogs in June – where he has continued to mash.
It hasn’t been as impressive, but let’s blame it on the sample size. He’s still hitting .277 with a .365 OBP, five doubles and three home runs in 28 games. A slight regression as he goes from one level to the next is expected, and his numbers for the entire season remain insane.
2019 season stat line: .337/.413/./.535/947 with 19 doubles, four triples, 11 home runs, and 57 RBIs (84 games)
It has become apparent Harris is a late bloomer. At Missouri, he struggled to hit over the Mendoza line as a sophomore but followed it up with a much better junior campaign and breakout senior season. He slashed .316/.413/.508 in his final year at Mizzou with 11 homers and 49 RBIs in just 53 games. However, not many players can take that success and build on it as a pro; Harris has been able to do that thus far.
His results have finally earned him a spot among the Braves top 30 prospects, according to MLB.com, where he is ranked 26th. And honestly, that could be a little low considering his upside with the bat. At 23, he likely will never grace the tops of those charts, but he could be a player that rises through the system quickly. It took a little while for Atlanta to promote him from Rome, even with his stellar numbers, but Harris is already much more mature physically than many of the younger prospects.
The most challenging part about getting him to Atlanta might be who is in front of him. Acuña, Pache, and Waters, among others, could be blocking him in the future. With that said, I don’t believe Harris is too worried about that today. He’s enjoying every step of the ride in the pros and taking it step-by-step in hopes of fulfilling his dream.
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