LHP/OF and current 2019 Texas Tech baseball commit Michael Harris II has been selected by the Atlanta Braves in the MLB draft in the 3rd round with the 98thoverall pick.
The Ellenwood, Georgia product gets picked in, what some would say, the perfect place for him, which could very well be bad news for Tim Tadlock and Texas Tech. Harris II would have to turn down a chance to possibly play 40 minutes from his hometown and a $539,100 compensation slot value in favor of playing for the Red Raiders until his Junior year.
Obviously, $539,100 is not “live off for the rest of your life” money; however, the mix of being a high draft pick for your hometown club, the risk of injury or hindering your draft status in 3 years could be a major factor in opting to go pro.
Michael Harris II is a 6’0, 190 lb. outfielder who also pitches for his high school. With a fastball that reaches the low-90’s, he has just as much potential on the mound as he does as an outfielder. Harris is currently graded as a 9.5 prospect as an 18 year old high school Senior. Perfect Game ranks prospects on a scale of 1-10, with 10 being a top draft pick in the MLB and an elite college prospect, to 1 being basically a tee-baller or a baseball blog writer (me).
Whatever Michael Harris II decides to do, we wish him the best of luck and a long career.