Harris II blasts fifth homer of the season

May 22nd, 2022

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Harris II homers in 13th multihit game (May 21)
Michael Harris II continued his thrilling 2022 season and added a homer as the cherry on top.

MLB Pipeline's No. 61 prospect has given fans in Atlanta performances that warrant the thought of bringing him up to the Majors. 

The Braves' No. 1 prospect did it again with a 2-for-4 game -- his 13th multihit game of the season -- in Double-A Mississippi's 5-4 win over Biloxi.

The 21-year-old's fifth homer of the season was a leadoff blast on the second pitch he saw in the first inning.

The outfielder has reached base safely in all but one game and has been held without a hit in only six of 38 games. 

Harris was drafted with the 98th overall pick in 2019. -- Ethan Sands

Grissom falls 2B shy of cycle in 3-hit day (May 13)
No. 7 prospect Vaughn Grissom finished a double shy of the cycle and tallied eight total bases amid a three-hit day in High-A Rome’s 5-4 walk-off win over Winston-Salem.

Grissom got things started early with a two-run homer to left-center in the bottom of the first to open up the scoring. Those would be his only RBIs of the day, but the 21-year-old added a walk, a triple (his first of the season) and a single to round out his day. His two-out base knock in the ninth kept the Braves in the game, and he eventually came around to score the tying run. 

The 2019 11th-rounder is slashing .303/.406/.440 with 22 RBIs, 13 walks, eight extra-base hits and only 16 strikeouts in 27 games thus far.
-- Stephanie Sheehan

Shewmake tallies four hits, Smith-Shawver fans 12 (May 10)
A solid start to 2022 got a little better for Braden Shewmake. The No. 6 Atlanta prospect doubled twice en route to a career-high four hits to help Triple-A Gwinnett defeat Durham, 8-4. Shewmake scored four times, swiped his fourth base and walked twice, reaching safely in all six plate appearances.

Despite driving in just four runs in his first 24 games and 85 at-bats, the 24-year-old is batting .318/.376/.459 with 15 runs and eight extra-base hits.

While Shewmake did the job offensively, AJ Smith-Shawver was dealing three levels below. The club's 17th-ranked prospect blew past his previous high for strikeouts, finishing with 12 in five innings as Single-A Augusta edged visiting Columbia, 4-3. Smith-Shawver scattered four hits and three walks while surrendering two runs. The 19-year-old has 41 strikeouts and a 4.50 ERA across 24 innings in six starts. -- Michael Avallone

Waters homers in four-hit return to Gwinnett (May 3)
Drew Waters, who started the year on the injured list with a right hamstring strain, was ready to go and then some in his first game back with Triple-A Gwinnett. The Braves' No. 3 prospect went yard on the first pitch he saw and didn't stop hitting all afternoon.

Fresh off a rehab stint in which he went 4-for-11 with a dinger and five runs scored over three games for High-A Rome, the 23-year-old outfielder hit the ball hard to all fields in the Stripers' 11-7 win over the Charlotte Knights. He followed his first-inning jack to left-center with a sharp single to right in the second, pulled a base hit into left in the fourth and, batting from the left side in the sixth, dropped an RBI single into right-center.

The four hits match a career high the 2017 second-rounder has achieved several times, including three times with the Stripers last year. Waters had a .240/.329/.381 slash line, 11 homers and 22 doubles over 103 games for Gwinnett in 2021. -- Josh Jackson

Harris has first career multihomer game (May 1)
Michael Harris II has reached base safely in each of Double-A Mississippi’s 21 games to start the season, and he was more than comfortable rounding them in the latest one.

The Braves' top prospect slammed two home runs in six trips to the plate in the M-Braves extra-inning, comeback 11-7 win over Montgomery. It was the first multihomer game of Harris’ career and he extended his on-base streak to 21 games.

Harris, the No. 63 prospect in baseball, took a strike to start the game, then belted the second offering well over the right-field wall, punctuating his leadoff blast with a bat flip. The long ball pushed his hitting streak to seven games. Full story »

Harris and Waddell combine for eight hits (April 30)
Atlanta's No. 1 prospect Michael Harris II and No. 27 prospect Luke Waddell are the 1-2 punch in Mississippi.

In Saturday's 10-9 victory over Montgomery, the tandem combined for eight hits going, 8-for-10 with four runs and three RBIs.

Waddell was the first to reach base safely, hitting a single in the first inning. And then the fun began. The duo went six innings without either of them getting out before Harris grounded out in the eighth. The center fielder finished the night 3-for-5 with a double. The shortstop led off the ninth inning trailing 9-7, and hit his fifth single of the day to start the three-run inning. Waddell finished 5-for-5 with two runs and two RBIs.

Harris, the No. 98 overall pick in the 2019 Draft, has been on base in 20 straight games, batting .333 for the season including an eight-game hit streak.

The perfect outing for Waddell comes at the perfect time. The No. 157 overall Draft pick in 2021 was off to a slow start in his second season, going 0-for-8 in his last two appearances. The 23-year-old's average dipped as low as .103, but he's shown the ability to bounce back, shooting his average to .284 after the bundle of singles. -- Ethan Sands

Davidson retires 16 in a row amid strong performance (April 28)
Once southpaw Tucker Davidson settled in against Norfolk, the zeros in the run column and the K’s on the scoreboard began to pile up. Davidson, Atlanta’s No. 8 prospect, retired 16 batters in a row en route to a nine-strikeout performance, which saw him yield three runs across 6 2/3 innings.

Having begun the season with the Braves in a relief role, Davidson was finally stretched out enough to deliver an 88-pitch outing in Gwinnett’s 6-3 defeat. The nine strikeouts are tied for the most he has compiled in an outing at Triple-A or higher in his career.

After blanking the Tides across the front six frames, the unraveling seventh was largely of his own doing. He walked a batter and hit another with a pitch, before a run-scoring single and sacrifice fly knocked him from the contest. Still, it was a significant step forward for the 26-year-old, who started on the World Series stage last year and could provide valuable rotation depth for Atlanta during the 2022 campaign. -- Jesse Borek

Top prospect collects homer, double (April 27)
Michael Harris II
has been off to a very, very hot streak to start 2022. Atlanta’s top prospect has reached base at least once in all 17 games he’s played in and he’s recorded at least one hit in all but three games. The 21-year-old collected two more extra-base hits in Double-A Mississippi’s 10-9 loss, going 2-for-4 with a homer, double and two RBIs.

After leading off the game with a double to right and coming around to score on the very next batter, the outfielder drove in the M-Braves’ third run of the game with an RBI groundout before clubbing his second dinger of the season over the wall in right-center. Nine of Harris II’s 22 hits this season have gone for extra bases, and he’s collected six walks, seven stolen bases and 15 RBIs thus far. MLB’s No. 64 prospect is slashing .319/.382/.536. -- Stephanie Sheehan

Braves prospect Dean shows off cannon (April 19)
He may be suiting up for Triple-A Gwinnett, but Justin Dean made a Major League throw from the corner in right field in the eighth inning against the Jumbo Shrimp on Tuesday night. Atlanta's 2018 17th-round Draft pick executed the play like a pro just in front of the warning track and in front of the right-field foul pole -- getting himself in position to make the catch on a fly ball and then get his legs behind him to put all of his might into the throw to third base.

Jacksonville's Joe Dunand attempted to tag up and slide into third on the play, but the Marlins prospect was left stunned when the throw -- which came in on a line -- beat him to the bag. He was tagged out by Yariel Gonzalez for the 9-5 double play. Full story »

Harris fast out of the gate (April 15)
Center fielder Michael Harris, ranked by MLB Pipeline as the Braves’ top prospect, has opened the Double-A season with a seven-game hitting streak. Batting leadoff, Harris was 1-for-4 with a double, a walk and one run scored in Mississippi’s 7-3 loss to Biloxi on April 15. The fifth-inning double gave Harris four extra-base hits in his past four games (two doubles, two triples). His slash line stood at .379/.419/.586 through the seven games. He also notched his first outfield assist of 2022 in the April 15 game, cutting down a runner attempting to stretch a single into a double. -- Shaun O’Neill