Mississippi Braves 2022 roster full of prospects to watch

Fresh out of a championship, the Mississippi Braves have released their 2022 Opening Day roster, and it’s full of players who could grace Truist Park sooner rather than later.

The big name here is top prospect Michael Harris. Some people may have been hoping he would start the year at AAA, but it was still unlikely the Braves would have decided to let him skip a level so early in his minor league career, despite how he turned out. well behaved during spring training. Harris is brimming with potential, but he just turned 21 and the Braves’ outfield is currently full. There is absolutely no reason to rush him. I expect Harris to get a shot at Gwinnett this season, but that won’t be until much later in the year.

Plus, starting in the outfield with Harris is another prospect to watch — Jesse Franklin. The former University of Michigan standout led all Braves minor leaguers last season in home runs, hitting 24 of them in just 101 games for High-A Rome. Considering he’s a college bat and already 23, it shouldn’t surprise anyone if Franklin gets Gwinnett’s call before Harris.

Another college product to watch is former Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket Luke Waddell. He burst onto the scene last season for the Rome Braves and was quickly promoted. Now it’s time to see if he can continue that success at the upper levels of the minors.

On the pitching side, the staff is filled with players who could be in Atlanta in a few years. Freddy Tarnok and Jared Shuster are two guys I will be watching very closely. The Braves are hopeful they will eventually make it into the rotation, but I also have my eyes on Indigo Diaz and Jake Higginbotham, who could end up being two vital pieces in the Atlanta bullpen.

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Floyd N. Morlan