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Braves call up No. 1 prospect Michael Harris II

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Apr 3, 2022; North Port, Florida, USA; Atlanta Braves outfielder Michael Harris II (76) hits a two-RBI single during the eighth inning against the Boston Red Sox during spring training at CoolToday Park. Mandatory Credit: Mike Watters-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Mike Watters-USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Braves selected the contract of Michael Harris II, their top prospect, and he’ll start in center field on Saturday against the Miami Marlins.

Harris is making the leap from Double-A Mississippi, where he batted .305 with 53 hits, 33 runs, five home runs and 33 RBIs.

The 21-year-old has played just 43 games above the High-A level.

An Atlanta-area native, Harris was the No. 98 overall pick in the 2019 MLB Draft. He played his high school baseball in Stockbridge, Ga.

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The Braves have a history of success with quick call-ups. Perennial Gold Glove winner and five-time All-Star Andruw Jones played only 53 games about the A-level when he made his major league debut in 1996 at age 19.

MLB.com lists Harris as the No. 59 overall prospect.

–Field Level Media