Braves: Is Michael Harris’ defense alone worth enough to keep him in Atlanta permanently

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If you’ve been watching the Braves finally start to get their feet under them over the past week, you know a big reason they’ve had success is the emergence of top prospect Michael Harris II. His five-game hit streak came to an end last night, but Harris has shown he can hit in this league, and even if he wasn’t hitting at a respectable clip, his defense in the outfield is making his presence worth any woes at the plate. The Braves have had a ton of issues with outfield defense, and I don’t think it’s a stretch to say Harris has the potential to win multiple Gold Gloves.

With an admittedly small sample size, there are still only seven center fielders in all of baseball with more than three Outs Above Average (Cristian Pache leads all center fielders with six). Harris has been fantastic in the field, and although he hasn’t given the Braves a ton offensively, his speed and defense may mean his stay in Atlanta will be a lot longer than originally expected.

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