18. Trey Harris
Personal Rank: 20
The 2022 season will be a big year for Trey Harris. The 32nd round pick out of Missouri in 2018 will be 26 this year and fears falling off prospect rankings.
Harris is another guy that was hurt by the 2020 covid year. After a breakout year in 2019, Harris saw his stock rise, but he was not selected to attend the alternate training site in 2020 resulting in a lost year of development.
Then in 2021 at AA Mississippi, Harris struggled. In 96 games, he hit .247/.317/.354 8 HR, 46 R, 50 RBI, 4 SB, .305 wOBA, and 89 wRC+. Not ideal for an older prospect in AA.
For comparison, Harris played in 41 games in 2019 at AA, hitting .281/.318/.411 2 HR, 15 R, 12 RBI, 1 SB, .333 wOBA, and 111 wRC+. Could the year off be the reason? Did he struggle to shake off the rust?
If so, Harris will need to turn it around in 2022, whether the Braves place him back in Mississippi or if they give him a shot at AAA Gwinnett. The issue for Harris is similar to that of Justin Dean, Cristian Pache and Drew Waters block spots as top outfield prospects.
However, Harris may need to be pushed to Gwinnett to figure out what he can be. Entering his age 26 season, it may be now or never for the outfielder.
It appears his ceiling is not as high as once thought, but there are some scouts who still believe he carries a high floor and will bounce back this season.
He projects at best as an average bat with average power. His decent speed and defensive versatility will benefit him as he tries to reach the majors.
Harris appears at best to be a third/fourth outfielder type at the major league level. He might also have value as a bat off the bench later in games. He might be a AAAA guy that bounces back and forth.
Harris needs a bounce back from the bat in 2022.