Atlanta Braves No. 1 outfield prospect Ronald Acuna will join the team. Atlanta announced that it would promote the 20-year old on Wednesday from its Triple-A Gwinnett affiliate. He will join the team in Cincinnati for its current series with the Cincinnati Reds.
With two of the top five farm systems in Major League Baseball, the National League East is has plenty of the best young players in the game.
Acuna is considered the No. 1 player on several prospect lists made by baseball analysts. He started the season as the No. 2 overall prospect on the MLB.com top 100 prospects list, with just Shohei Ohtani the two-way Japanese sensation being the No. 1 overall prospect.
Acuna started 2017 in Class-A and ended the season at Triple-A, with a combined batting average of .325, 20 homers, 82 RBIs and 44 bases stolen. During the Arizona Fall League he earned MVP honors.
This past spring training, Acuna gave fans of the Braves a big tease as he batted .432 with four home runs, four bases stolen and an OPS of 1.247 across 16 games.
During April with Triple-A Gwinnett, Acuna started slowly with a batting average of .232, one home run and two RBIs.
By delaying the promotion of Acuna for a couple of weeks after the start of the regular, Atlanta pushed back the free-agent eligibility of Acuna until following the 2024 Major League Baseball season.
Acuna, and Ozzie Albies the Braves 21-year old sensation at second base, will give the team two of the major’s youngest players.
The Braves were not expected to contend this season in the NL East, but have held their own early and sit at 12-10 just 3 ½ games behind the first place New York Mets, three games in front of fourth place Washington and 6 ½ in front of fifth place Miami.
Signs of problems have started to arise as the Braves have lost two straight games and are just 5-5 over their last 10 games played.