Braves have options for struggling outfield

Braves insider Grant McAuley joined the Midday Show to discuss when the organization might look back to the minors and make the call for Drew Waters, or even for surging prospect Michael Harris.
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The Atlanta Braves outfield has been a gigantic question mark throughout the 2022 season. Ronald Acuña has been coming back from a knee injury. Marcell Ozuna has flashed as of late but has struggled mightily at times. Travis Demeritte showed some mighty fine potential when called up from AAA, but has since come crashing down to earth. Then there's Adam Duvall, who has been downright dreadful at the plate thus far.

Braves insider Grant McAuley joined the Midday Show to discuss when the organization might look back to the minors and make the call for Drew Waters, or even for surging prospect Michael Harris.

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"I think as we get through the season and continue to evaluate what has happened with Michael Harris down on the farm. He is a name to keep in mind," McAuley said. "I'm not saying this is something that could happen any time soon, but how can you not be looking at what he's doing down in Mississippi and not be thinking 'ok, if he checks all the boxes there, when does he move to Gwinnett?'"

The 21-year-old from Dekalb County has been hitting the cover off the baseball down in Pearl, Mississippi during his stint in AA. In 39 games, Harris has five home runs, 17 extra-base hits, 27 RBI, and 10 stolen bases. All while slashing .306/.366/.522 in his 157 at-bats.

The next step is Gwinnett.

"If he has success for three or four weeks, maybe he comes up to the big leagues," says McAuley. "In the interim, you do have Drew Waters who can play center field, who is a switch hitter, who does have some swing-and-miss in his game, but you've been sitting on this kid for a while."

Drew Waters has also turned in a successful 2022 campaign, but with his production coming at the AAA level. In a shortened season due to a hamstring injury, Waters is slashing .304/.333/.457. At the very least in the short-term, the 23-year-old center fielder could serve as a viable option to come up to the big leagues.

If the outfield continues to struggle at the level that is, the Braves owe it to themselves to see what they have in the farm system.