Ronald Acuna’s performance this year is accelerating him toward the majors at a shocking rate and people are (finally) taking notice
The plot line for the 1993 movie “Rookie of the Year” (which came out 4 years before Acuna was born) involves a 12-year-old who has a broken arm that heals “too tightly” which suddenly gives him a 103 mph fastball and a contract with the Minnesota Twins.
In late Spring last year, Acuna suffered a thumb injury that sidelined him for 3 full months and cost him a lot of experience at Rome. Since returning from that malady, he’s been unstoppable. Was that thumb wired a bit better for him?
Of course the flaw of that allusion to the movie is that he was already hitting .300 with a 131 wRC+ at Rome before the injury… and still early on after turning 18.
This season, the Braves are still trying to find a league in which to challenge Acuna. He’s only getting better with every step up the ladder:
- High-A Florida: 28 games, .287 / .336 / .478 / .814
- AA Mississippi: 57 games, .326 / .374 / .520 / .895
- AAA Gwinnett: 29 games, .330 / .403 / .539 / .942
That he’s been promoted twice this year is notable. That he’s getting better at each level is surprising. That he’s still just 19 years old and doing all of this is just stunning.
So others are figuring this out…
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Let’s see how the changes have been evolving this year for Acuna’s rankings:
- AUG 2016 – Not listed – 6 Braves (at least) ahead of him
- FEB 10 – 67th overall prospect
- JULY 7 – 10th overall prospect
TOMAHAWKTAKE (No, we weren’t immune)