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The sport of baseball always has a couple of those prospects that dominate at every level they pass through in the minors. Some blow up to super hype status such as Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper, some blow up and flare out like Mark Appel (Top 5 draft pick who is now designated for assignment).
But there is always that group that go under the radar but fly through the minor leagues and make a splash in the majors before you know it, this man is going to be one of those.
The guy I’m talking about is Ronald Acuna, who currently resides in the Atlanta Braves farm system.
The jump that Acuna made was rare in its form because it was such a huge jump from A. Adv to AAA in one year. He was assigned to A.Adv on April 4th for the Florida Fire Frogs which is Atlanta’s A.Adv’s team and was assigned to the AAA Mississippi Braves on July 13th.
If you look at that, its a time span of about 3 months and a few days to move up about 4 levels. Acuna did not just impress in the regular season of minor league play but he also impressed in the Arizona Fall League with this stat line:
83 AB, 27 H, 7 HR, 16 RBI, 12 BB, 22 SO, 2 SB, .414 OBP, .639 SLG, .325 AVG, 1.053 OPS
The Arizona Fall League numbers don’t compare to his Futures Game Appearance where he went 0-4 but put on raw power in the Batting Practice along with fellow future gamer Corey Ray.
Lets compare his regular season numbers to those Arizona Fall League numbers.
221 AB, 76 H, 9 HR, 33 RBI, 17 BB, 48 SO, 11 SB, .393 OBP, .548 SLG, .344 AVG, .940 OPS
Acuna was such a stud in the Arizona Fall League that people around baseball now have him on their radars and rightfully so. Acuna currently sits at 5th in the Prospect Watch with a couple players like Victor Robles and Gleyber Torres ahead of him who could possibly be in the majors in the next year or two.
Be on the look out for Acuna blasting balls out of SunTrust in the near future and becoming a superstar.