Atlanta Braves: 5 Prospects who are Rising due to 2021 Seasons
1. OF Michael Harris – Atlanta Braves No. 4 Prospect
2021 Season Stats: .293 AVG, .361 OBP, .434 SLG, .795 OPS, 7 HR, 61 RBI, 27 SB
If you’ve paid attention to any minor league baseball this season, Michael Harris might not just be the Braves fastest rising prospect, but arguably the fastest rising in all of baseball.
After a strong 2019 campaign combined with being arguably “the” talking point at the 2020 alternate training site, Harris entered the 2021 campaign with a ton of hype, and he sure has delivered.
Atlanta’s 2019 third round pick, Harris has spent all of the 2021 season up to this point in High-A playing with the Rome Braves. Getting off to a fast start, Harris slugged from day one acting primarily as Rome’s everyday center fielder.
Currently rated as the Braves No. 4 overall prospect, as well as the No. 92 overall prospect in baseball, Harris’ 2021 campaign has included a .795 OPS with seven home runs and 27 stolen bases.
Representing the Braves in the 2021 MLB Futures Game over the All-Star break, Harris continues to improve over the course of this season leaving some to believe he might be Atlanta’s top overall prospect.
Capable of playing any outfield position, Harris displays plus-power potential to combine with consistent solid contact, phenomenal speed on the basepaths, and elite arm strength. While he is still at-least a year-or-two away from the big leagues, there is no-denying that the 20-year-old has arguably the biggest upside of any Braves prospect as he continues to rise up the ranks.
Each of these Atlanta Braves prospects have had phenomenal 2021 campaigns, and are seeing themselves rise up the prospect ranks because of it. Looking ahead, will we see any of these highly-rated prospects in the big leagues next season?