STOCKBRIDGE — Stockbridge High’s Michael Harris was selected in the third round of the Major League Baseball Draft on Tuesday by the Atlanta Braves.
Harris was taken 98th overall in the draft and was the seventh Georgia athlete taken in the draft. Harris has signaled his intent to sign with the Braves organization.
“It’s just a blessing,” Harris said. “It’s crazy to be a part of (an) organization I grew up watching and I’m ready to get to work.”
With the 98th pick in the 2019 #MLBDraft, the Atlanta Braves select OF Michael Harris from Stockbridge High School!Harris played in the #Braves RBI program, the 44 Classic and has played with the Marquis Grissom Baseball Association for several years.#ChopOn pic.twitter.com/lGmzpr2PKt— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) June 4, 2019
Harris was among the state’s best pitchers over the last few seasons. Compiling an impressive 172 strikeouts against 469 batters, Harris also posted an ERA of 1.87 in his senior year of high school.
On the mound, he sits in the 89-93 mph range with his fastball and throws a pretty good curveball and changeup.
“We knew his freshman year that he had the potential to get drafted, and as the years went by, the more he grew and kept working, it was inevitable,” Assistant head coach Karl Brooks said. “One key to Mike’s success up to now and in the future is his ability to stay humble and keep working hard. As a coaching staff, we are extremely excited about Mike’s future and very blessed to have been apart of his accomplishments thus far.”
This year, the switch-hander also grooved the baseball well. A .432 batting average with 19 RBIs and four home runs added to his numbers. In his career at Stockbridge, Harris averaged .442 over 74 games and drove in 45 runs.