Without a doubt, stardom is knocking on the door of Ronald Acuna.
For the last three years he has been one of the most coveted baseball prospects in the Atlanta Braves Minor League system. Acuna signed with the Braves for $100,000 in 2014.
His career with the Braves began one season later. Acuna has been re-paying the Braves in his own way ever since. He is Atlanta’s No. 1 prospect down on the farm.
Acuna has some Henry Aaron and Willie Mays in him. Acuna is long, lean and fast. He possesses some home run power. He hits for a high average. He runs fluidly.
He is a base stealer. He has the good glove and the fast wheels. He legs out doubles and triples. He inspires others, and he is a Braves Minor League marvel.
There is nothing that the 6-foot, 180-pound Acuna can’t do well on a baseball field. He logs some miles. He wins some games, and he brings a colorful personality to the ball yard.
Acuna is being groomed for greatness. He will be a starting outfielder in the very near future for the Braves, possibly even in the 2018 season. Acuna is mature for his 19 years. He has a good head on his baseball shoulders.
The teenage phenom has all the tools and all the baseball skills. And he works well with others. He lives to win, and he yearns to play baseball.
While playing at three different Minor League levels for the Braves this year, Acuna recorded some amazing baseball statistics with a .325 batting average, 82 RBI’s, 31 doubles, 181 hits, 21 home runs and 44 stolen bases. Acuna played in the International League, the Southern League and the Florida State League this season. He likes a variety.
Acuna was a star at each level, whether Single-A, Double-A or Triple-A. He is a Brave. And when Atlanta does get back into the business of winning division titles and playoff games in the future, Acuna will likely be a catalyst for all of that.
Not long ago he earned some extra credit in the eyes of the Braves front office brass. Acuna was named the Most Valuable Player in this year’s Arizona Fall League, and his team (the Peoria Javelinas) wrapped up the league championship.
Acuna batted .325 with seven home runs in 23 games. The future is bright for the guy with the keen eye for detail. Over the last three seasons at a variety of Minor League stops for the Braves, Acuna has scored 157 runs, beat out 283 hits, doubled 47 times and has stolen 74 bases.
Ronald Acuna has also notched a .310 batting average. He is going places, and the Major League is in his future. Very soon.