The Braves have been inconsistent to start the season, but their farm system is getting some big performances from some of their top prospects:
#Braves OF prospect Michael Harris II was 2-for-4 on Sunday, extending his hitting streak to 14 games.
He's batting .319 with 10 2B, 4 HR, 20 RBI, 20 runs scored and 10 stolen bases in 122 PA this season. Harris has reached base in all 27 games played for the Double-A @Mbraves. pic.twitter.com/AKfCHHzZOP
— Grant McAuley (@grantmcauley) May 9, 2022
— Gwinnett Stripers (@GoStripers) May 8, 2022
Jared Shuster has made five starts in Mississippi in 2022:
– 29.1 Innings Pitched
– 34 Strikeouts
– 1.84 ERA
– 0.78 WHIP
– .514 OPS Allowed
– One Complete Game Shutout
— SportsTalkATL Jake (@cantguardjake) May 9, 2022
This is huge for the Braves. According to MLBPipeline, Harris is Atlanta’s top prospect, Water’s is ranked third, and Shuster is ranked tenth.
Harris looks to be Atlanta’s leadoff hitter of the future. I’d pump the brakes on him getting the call to the majors in 2022, but if he keeps this up, the Braves can’t keep him in the minors much longer, especially if they continue to struggle. I think he gets called up first out of this group, to Gwinnett of course.
Drew Waters probably isn’t that close to a promotion to the majors, but if injury strikes, I wouldn’t count it out. Waters still needs to cut down on the strikeouts and recover from his injury, but this is a flash of the five-tool player he can be in the bigs.
Shuster dropped a few spots going into this season, but he’s still part of a very special looking 2020 draft class that features Spencer Strider, Bryce Elder, and Jesse Franklin V. Shuster has the makeup of a frontline starter, and the worries about his walks coming out of college look to be simmering down. He will be tested in Gwinnett when he gets a promotion.