4. Michael Harris II, Centerfielder
The reasoning behind Michael Harris II being the fourth core piece is because of his lack of experience and that Matt Olson is replacing a legend in the Braves’ history. Harris plays great defensive centerfield for Atlanta which raises his value a ton. He’s only 21 and won’t reach free agency until he’s 30 or so. That’s going to bring extreme value to the Braves. However, the flip side is that he signed a long-term deal, not even a year into his MLB career.
The former No.1 Atlanta Braves prospect could see his play turn downwards next season or in a year. He hasn’t got a long-term reliable history yet. You can’t mistake how dominant Harris has been since being called up in May. The likely NL Rookie of the Year winner, unless Spencer Strider, a teammate, wins it, has hit .288/.327/.498 with a 124 OPS+. He has played in 72 games with 14 doubles, 2 triples, 12 home runs, 39 RBI, 14 stolen bases (zero caught stealing), and 11 walks to 65 strikeouts. So far, he’s been worth 2.9 WAR.
Michael Harris II has the ability to be an All-Star player in the years to come while manning centerfield for the perennial playoff contenders, the Braves. He’s fast, has high contact ability, and has sneaky power. Harris isn’t even close to his potential as he can still grow due to only being 21. It’s safe to say that he has the potential to have a 30/30/30 season one day.