Michael Harris II wins second Rookie of the Month award

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The Braves have struck gold over and over, bringing prospects up to the big leagues and them turning into stars. Spencer Strider is leading the way in the Rookie of the Year race as the overwhelming betting favorite, but the Braves also boast another rookie phenom — Michael Harris II. The 21-year-old was just named Rookie of the Month for the second time.

Harris has been handed the award twice through his first three full months in the big leagues. Ever since he was called up in late May, Harris has done nothing but impress. He’s playing Gold Glove-caliber defense, and the stick isn’t far behind.

Harris logged a .337/.400/.590 slash line with 16 extra-base hits over 95 at-bats, leading rookies in hits (32) and finishing tied for sixth among all qualified batters in runs (22) over that period. After signing an eight-year extension in the middle of August, Harris has turned it up a notch, collecting at least one hit in 12 of his next 13 games in August — including a four-hit performance.

He might not win the Rookie of the Year award, but Michael Harris is undoubtedly deserving of the honor.

Photographer: Gregory Fisher/Icon Sportswire

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