Michael Harris

Michael Harris

23-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Atlanta Braves
2024 Fantasy Outlook
Some may write off Harris's 2023 struggles as a prototypical sophomore slump, but it is not that easy. Harris was being taken as early as the end of the second round last winter but finished the season just inside the top 100 overall and just inside the top 70 for hitters based on our final earned auction values. Harris got injured early in the season and he took awhile to shake off the rust to resume his production. He did perform better against lefties than he did as a rookie, but what ultimately limited his 2023 production was hitting 9th in 88 of the 138 games he played. It is incredibly tough for a high round draft pick to max out their production out of the bottom of the lineup. On another team, Harris is likely hitting high in the lineup most days but Atlanta has more traffic on its depth chart than it does on its local highways. It would take an injury to someone else to get Harris into the top half of the lineup, so do not go back to the second or third round well. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#30
ADP
$Signed an eight-year, $72 million contract extension with the Braves in August of 2022. Contract includes $15 million team option ($5 million buyout) for 2031 and $20 million team option ($5 million buyout) for 2032.
Swipes bag in loss
OFAtlanta Braves
May 28, 2024
Harris went 1-for-3 with a walk, a run scored and a stolen base in Monday's loss to the Nationals.
ANALYSIS
Batting seventh in an Atlanta lineup that got juggled around in the wake of a season-ending knee injury to Ronald Acuna, Harris reached base twice for the fourth time in the last six games. The 23-year-old center fielder is still looking to regain his usual form, but he's showing signs of heating up -- over his last 16 contests, he's slashing .290/.333/.403 with two of his five homers and three of his eight steals on the year.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
2
5
17
11
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
14
4
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+20%
OPS vs RHP
2024
 
 
+16%
OPS vs RHP
2023
 
 
+2%
OPS vs RHP
2022
 
 
+45%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022vs Left .701 344 33 7 37 10 .269 .303 .398
Since 2022vs Right .840 858 141 35 101 38 .296 .338 .502
2024vs Left .609 70 6 0 4 0 .265 .286 .324
2024vs Right .706 152 17 5 13 8 .255 .309 .397
2023vs Left .797 139 14 5 16 5 .301 .331 .466
2023vs Right .812 400 62 13 41 15 .290 .331 .481
2022vs Left .649 135 13 2 17 5 .238 .284 .365
2022vs Right .943 306 62 17 47 15 .323 .363 .580
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+7%
OPS on Road
2024
 
 
+23%
OPS at Home
2023
 
 
+4%
OPS at Home
2022
 
 
+34%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022Home .770 557 72 14 60 26 .288 .326 .445
Since 2022Away .826 645 102 28 78 22 .288 .331 .495
2024Home .743 113 9 3 11 7 .283 .327 .415
2024Away .605 109 14 2 6 1 .233 .275 .330
2023Home .824 244 30 7 28 8 .303 .337 .487
2023Away .795 295 46 11 29 12 .285 .325 .469
2022Home .721 200 33 4 21 11 .274 .310 .411
2022Away .965 241 42 15 43 9 .317 .363 .603
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Stat Review
How does Michael Harris compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Expected BA
    Expected Batting Average.
  • Expected SLG
    Expected Slugging Percentage.
  • Sprint Speed
    The speed of a runner from home to first, in feet per second.
  • Ground Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are on the ground.
  • Line Drive %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are line drives.
  • Fly Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are fly balls.
BB/K
0.24
 
BB Rate
5.4%
 
K Rate
22.5%
 
BABIP
.318
 
ISO
.115
 
AVG
.258
 
OBP
.302
 
SLG
.373
 
OPS
.675
 
wOBA
.300
 
Exit Velocity
89.6 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
32.1%
 
Barrels/PA
3.6%
 
Expected BA
.271
 
Expected SLG
.400
 
Sprint Speed
22.9 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
54.4%
 
Line Drive %
20.3%
 
Fly Ball %
25.3%
 
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Latest Fantasy Rumors
Feasting recently
OFAtlanta Braves
June 19, 2023
Harris is hitting 15-for-27 across his past seven games. For the month of June thus far, Harris is slashing .383/.397/.650 with four home runs through 63 plate appearances.
ANALYSIS
The reigning Rookie of the Year is hitting at a blistering pace after battling back and knee injuries throughout April and early May. His expected slash of .258/.326/.435 points to sustainable and incrementally improving performance moving forward.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2023
2022
Harris did not come out of nowhere, but no one expected him to reach the majors so soon, let alone win NL Rookie of the Year. He was slashing .305/.372/.506 with Double-A Mississippi when he received the call in late May. Harris started out slow, but the Braves' patience paid off. His 24.3 percent strikeout rate and 4.8 percent walk rate suggest Harris still has work to do, but a 75th percentile hard hit rate paired with 95th percentile spring speed and a 95.2 fly ball average exit velocity is the blueprint for a five-category cornerstone. Harris' platoon splits are a slight concern, as he posted a .943 OPS against righties and a .649 mark facing southpaws. Just 22-years-old, Harris can surely narrow the gap, but in the short term, he may hit low in the order with a lefty on the hill. It's risky investing top-tier draft capital in a still unproven player, but the indicators point toward him being a perennial first round/$40 player.
Harris had been generating buzz at the alternate training site in 2020 and in big-league camp in 2021, making him a strong breakout candidate, and he did not disappoint. He hit .294/.362/.436 with seven home runs, 27 steals (on 31 attempts), an 8.3 BB% and an 18.1 K% in 101 games as a 20-year-old at High-A. It is important to note that his power output was artificially suppressed by the extreme pitchers' park at Rome. Harris is a rare minor leaguer who could legitimately be a five-tool player in the majors, as he boasts above-average raw power that could continue to tick up and has a plus arm with good instincts in center field. His top fantasy-relevant tools are currently plus speed and an excellent hit tool that improved as the season went on. At 6-foot, 195 pounds, there's a chance he will slow down in the coming years, but until that happens, Harris's fantasy ceiling is deceptively high. He could spend all of 2022 at Double-A.
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Homer, steal in extra-inning loss
OFAtlanta Braves
May 21, 2024
Harris went 1-for-5 with a solo home run and a stolen base in Tuesday's 4-3 extra-inning loss to the Cubs.
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Snaps power drought Tuesday
OFAtlanta Braves
May 15, 2024
Harris went 1-for-3 with a walk and a solo home run in Tuesday's 7-0 win over the Cubs.
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Swats walk-off double
OFAtlanta Braves
April 24, 2024
Harris went 3-for-5 with a run scored and a run batted in during Wednesday's 4-3 extra-inning win over the Marlins.
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Swipes two bags Monday
OFAtlanta Braves
April 23, 2024
Harris went 2-for-4 with two stolen bases in Monday's win over the Marlins.
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Homers in win
OFAtlanta Braves
April 20, 2024
Harris went 2-for-4 with a home run and scored two runs during Friday's win over Texas.
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