Atlanta Braves sign Michael Harris, a top prospect, to improve outfield defense

ATLANTA — Atlanta BravesTo improve their outfield defense, the team called up a top prospect Michael Harris Double-A Mississippi Saturday

Harris, 21, is playing in center field. He also hits ninth against the opposition. Miami Marlins.

Harris is now available to the Braves for their moves Adam Duvall From the center field to the corner spot in the outfield

Brian Snitker, Braves manager, said that Harris could help them in a defensive way.

Snitker stated, “We wouldn’t have brought him up without thinking he could help our come up and win games.” “I mean, I'm trying to win the games.”

Harris has never played at the Triple A level and was Class-A Rome's player in 2021. Snitker doesn't like to rush a player into the majors, but Harris is “a guy who checks all boxes.”

Snitker stated, “Just he is a very impressive child and I enjoy watching and being around him and getting acquainted with him.” He is a great kid.

Snitker envisions an outfield with Ronald Acuña Jr. in right field, Harris in center field and Duvall in left field. This would be possible Marcell OzunaHe will be the designated hitter on Saturday and will start in left base.

Acuña, making a comeback from knee surgery, is the designated hitter and hitting leadoff on Saturday. Acuña missed three consecutive starts due to a strained right quadriceps before coming off the bench for a pinch-hit double in Atlanta's 6-4 win over Miami on Friday night.

“It's going to be fun,” said Harris of the chance to play beside Acuña. “I'm excited to see how it goes. “I'm excited to be here with the guys and have some fun.”

Travis DemeritteAfter snapping a 0-for-34 slump, Demeritte scored a run-scoring double on Friday night and was optioned by Triple-A Gwinnett. Demeritte was batting.213 with three homers.

Harris (6-0-195) is a Stockbridge High School student in Atlanta. Former Braves outfielder Jason Heyward Also, he is from Henry County. Harris claims he was often like Heyward. Chicago CubsHe was a prospect.

Harris explained that as I grew, people started to compare me with him and say I reminded them a lot of him. It really opened my eyes, and gave me a lot more confidence.

Harris was hitting.305, with five homers at Mississippi and 33 RBI. After Friday's Pensacola game, Harris was informed about his promotion. He was then able to fly to Atlanta and get little sleep the next night.

Harris said it was surreal to see his name on a Braves jersey in the locker.

He stated, “Nothing could ever match the moment it is actually here.” It's possible to dream about it. It's amazing to be here.

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