Prospects on Deck: C Harry Ford – Mariners
The Seattle Mariners drafted catcher Harry Ford in the 1st round of the 2021 June draft out of North Cobb High School in Kennesaw, GA.
The Atlanta Georgia native, played his first pro season with the Mariners Rookie squad in the Arizona Complex league in 2021 and batted .291 (16 for 52), with seven doubles, three home runs and 10 RBIs, spanning 19 games.
In 2022, the Mariners sent Ford to their Low A ball team and in 104 games, he hit 23 doubles, four triples, 11 home runs, drove in 65 runs, walked 88 times and stole 23 bases, all while batting .274.
For the 2023 spring season, he was a non-roster invitee
and through six games, he batted .500 (2 for 4). But the highlight of his young career, was getting an opportunity to play with Team Great Britain in the World Baseball Classic.
Ford showcased his skills for all the world to see as he batted .308 (4 for 13), with a double, two home runs and drove in four.
Great Britain won their first ever WBC game against Team Colombia on March 13th and Ford hit a solo home run over the left field fence against right hander Jasier Herrera.
In Game 2 of the tournament against Team Canada, Ford hit a three run home run off former New York Yankees pitching prospect, Evan Rutckyj.
The Mariners #1 prospect goes YARD to make it 10-8 IN THE 4TH INNING
HARRY FORD pic.twitter.com/bVfE5YSqmW
— Seattle Mariners ON Tap (@MarinersONtap) March 12, 2023
Ford is #49 on the MLB’s Top 100 Prospect list and #1 overall for the Mariners and after showing that he can handle the big stage atmosphere in the WBC, expect the Mariners to continue to move him along their minor league system with a potential MLB debut by the 2024 season.
There isn’t any reason to rush his development, but Ford will be a big time MLB player in the near future.