Drew Waters began the season on the Injured List, but earlier this week, he made his long-awaited 2022 debut in High-A ball. For Rome, Waters looked like a man amongst boys, hitting .364 with a homer and a double in three games, which prompted his return to Gwinnett.
Following a missed 2020 campaign and lackluster showing in 2021, this season is critical for Waters, who was once one of the fastest rising prospects in all of baseball. Another down year and his standing in the organization would be in grave danger. With that being said, I still think this is a young man with All-Star potential, and on Tuesday, he showed us why in his first game back with the Stripers.
Drew Waters can get it done from both sides of the plate, which will help him eat all this 4 for 4 performance he's putting on this afternoon.
The Stripers retake the lead in the sixth. pic.twitter.com/Rq5WlSEIHt
— Gwinnett Stripers (@GoStripers) May 3, 2022
How about that for a welcome back? Waters goes 4-for-4 with a dinger in his return to the Stripers, and hopefully, it’s a sign of things to come.
I’ve been asked more times than I can count whether we will see Michael Harris this season, and understandably so. The 21-year-old top prospect in the organization has looked like a superstar in AA. But the reality is Waters is much more likely to make an impact at the major-league level this season. If an injury arises or guys like Travis Demeritte and Adam Duvall slump, Waters is next in line for an opportunity, especially if he keeps raking like this in AAA.