The Atlanta Braves’ top prospect is off to a hot start this spring, blasting a monster home run against the Yankees.
While Braves brass continue to obsess over how Ronald Acuna wears his hat, the young outfielder is showing us why he’s going to be a big part of the team’s future. The 20-year-old prospect hit his first home run of the spring, adding to an already impressive pre-season showing.
Acuna is not only listed as the Braves’ best prospect, but also the top prospect in the league. In 19 at-bats this spring, he’s hitting a robust .421 while getting on base at a .476 clip. Acuna’s homer didn’t come off an unfamiliar name, either. He sent the ball over the right-center wall against New York Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka.
The ceiling is high for Acuna. After signing with the Braves back in 2014 as an international free agent, he immediately began to dominate in the minor leagues. Across three minor league levels over the course of three seasons, he’s slashed .310/.378/.488 with 29 home runs and 119 RBI.
Even at such a young age, with those kinds of numbers, it’s going to get harder and harder for the Braves to justify keeping him in the minors. They’re not particularly close to contending any time soon. So why not bring up your top prospect and get him all the major league experience you can? He’s certainly making a compelling case with his spring play.
The Braves’ first regular season game will be against the Philadelphia Phillies on March 29. Don’t be surprised if phenom prospect Ronald Acuna is announced as their starting left fielder for Opening Day. At the very least, his presence could help fill some seats at SunTrust Park.