Braves add Michael Harris to the 60-man player pool

Drew Lugbauer

According to Matt Powers of Talking Chop and various other networks that closely follow minor league baseball, the Braves are adding Michael Harris to their 60-man player pool.

Many of you, including those that follow the Braves minor league system closely, probably have never even heard of Michael Harris.

The Stockbridge High School product just turned 19 years old and was a third-round selection by the Braves last year. He quickly made a name for himself in rookie ball, hitting .349 with 2 homers, 3 triples and 6 doubles in 31 games before receiving a promotion to Rome.

He struggled a bit in A ball, but it was a small sample size, and it’s rare for a player his age to even make it that far in their first stint of professional ball. FanGraphs already has him rated as the 13th best prospect in the Braves system, ahead of names like Huascar Ynoa and Jeremy Walker, who have already made their major league debuts.

Unless there is a wrath of positive tests among Braves players, Harris has no shot of seeing any regular-season action. However, just the fact that the organization wants him around a group of significantly older players shows how highly they think of him. It’s criminal that we won’t get to see his first full professional season in 2020, but Harris is a prospect to watch out for in the coming years.

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