This article is part of our Minor League Barometer series.
The Michael Harris hype train is real, so it's best to get on board soon. He had everyone drooling this spring and his minor league season thus far has not disappointed hitting .352 with three home runs, 18 RBI and nine steals through 20 games at High-A. Only 20, Harris is super-athletic and has emerging power. While he carries some swing and miss in his game, batting .352 is likely going to make some strikeouts easier to swallow. The scary part is that Harris may only be cracking the surface of his potential. Imagine if he really becomes a left-handed Ronald Acuna.
Here are some other players making waves in this week's Minor League Barometer.
Adley Rutschman, C, BAL – Rutschman's prospect pedigree has been well documented, but his polish at the dish has been simply impeccable at Double-A. Over the last 11 contests, he's posted a .500 OBP while drawing 14 walks and only striking out seven times. Rutschman's mastery of the strike zone is second to none, but he's also notched three home runs and nine RBI. While the Orioles are headed nowhere fast this season, Rutschman is a game changer who could see everyday at-bats before the season is through, with an eye towards being the cornerstone of the big club to begin 2022.
Brett Baty, 3B, NYM – It would be ironic if a prospect with the word "bat" in his name couldn't hit. Fortunately, that hasn't been the case for Baty in 2021 hitting .369/.476/.595 through 24 games at