The Braves have called up a top prospect and a local product to help reshape the outfield
Michael Harris II, the #1 overall prospect and a local kid, has been called up by the Atlanta Braves.
It was just a matter of time before Michael Harris II, the Atlanta Braves’ top prospect, was called up.
Because of Travis Demeritte’s difficulties at the plate, Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos chose to switch out one Atlanta area native for another in the outfield on Saturday. The former Stockbridge star will now have the opportunity to play for his local team in the major leagues as the Winder-Barrow graduate returns to Triple-A Gwinnett. Harris is expected to enter the game immediately.
Harris will be called up by Atlanta on Saturday morning and will wear the No. 23 jersey.
Who is Michael Harris II, the top prospect called up by the Atlanta Braves?
Many local high school standouts have been drafted and developed by the Braves organization. In the Metro Atlanta area, youth baseball is a huge issue, so it’s no surprise that the Braves have scouted the area in the past. Despite having the opportunity to play college baseball at Texas Tech, Harris chose to join his hometown team as a third-round choice in the 2019 MLB Amateur Draft.
Harris is only 21 years old and is expected to make his major league debut in 2023. Some may argue that he jumped ahead of the previous top prospect, Drew Waters, in the draft line. Waters is Harris’ senior year and plays for Triple-A Gwinnett, which is just down the road.Harris was playing in Double-AA Mississippi, a few states away. The news that Atlanta had summoned Harris sent shockwaves throughout the country.
Harris is not only the Braves’ No. 1 prospect but also the No. 59 prospect in all of baseball. Despite the fact that he is the lone Braves prospect listed in the top 100, Atlanta did give up some crucial pieces in the Matt Olson trade to the Oakland Athletics. Furthermore, this team is the World Series champs. Harris might be in the starting lineup for the Braves’ first game on Saturday.
Harris should help mostly with outfield defense in the early part of his first season.