If you’ve been keeping track of the Braves’ prospects through the first month of the season, this should come as absolutely no surprise — Michael Harris has won the Player of the Month award for the Rome Braves, Atlanta’s high-A affiliate.
Congratulations to @MoneyyyMikeee, our @FGKjewelers Player of the Month for May!
The @Braves’ #10 prospect leads all of High-A in batting average (.360) and hits (32). He tallied 15 RBIs, 13 runs, and numerous web gems in 22 games played in May! pic.twitter.com/5JJisApXRc
— Rome Braves (@TheRomeBraves) June 1, 2021
It is honestly a bit absurd the kind of hype Harris has built up without even playing a game. He hit a very respectable .277 in his first 52 games between rookie and A-ball, but that’s not typically enough for a third-round pick to emerge as a top-five prospect in the organization.
Members of the Braves haven’t stopped raving about the talent this 20-year-old possesses, which is why they gave him an opportunity to be a part of the 60-man taxi squad a season ago. We obviously couldn’t see what was going on at the alternate site, but the coaches saw the makings of a player that could be a potential star at the next level, and he hasn’t disappointed thus far in 2021.
In May, Harris dominated his promotion to high-A ball, leading all players in hits (32) and batting average (.360). He’s also smashed a couple of homers, has five steals, and played fantastic defense in the outfield. Harris is a true five-tool player, a term used far too often when talking about prospects. If he continues at this pace, he’ll be promoted to Mississippi sooner rather than later, where we will find out just how soon we might see him in Atlanta.
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