Ronald Acuna
Ronald Acuna
21-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Atlanta Braves
2019 Fantasy Outlook
A lot of top prospects fail to live up to the hype. Acuna was not one of them. After receiving the "Kris Bryant Treatment," Acuna got the call to Atlanta on April 25 and ended up returning top-20 value in the outfield in just 487 plate appearances. The incredible bat speed he showed as a prospect manifested itself right away with Acuna hitting for both average and power. His barrel rate of 8.6 Brls/PA was a top-20 mark in baseball (min. 150 batted-ball events), and his recorded sprint speed was also elite. It's incredible to think of what the numbers could have looked like had Acuna not missed a month with a knee sprain. While it's not wise to prorate stats for most players, Acuna is the rare exception with whom it's totally plausible to think he could keep up a similar rate of production over the course of a full season. There is some swing and miss here (25.3%), but Acuna may lead off for the Braves and his physical tools are right up there with the best of the best. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a seven-year, $99.94 million contract extension with the Braves in April of 2019. Contract includes $17 million team option ($10 million buyout) for 2027 and $17 million team option ($10 million buyout) for 2028.
Extends RBI streak to seven games
OFAtlanta Braves
April 16, 2019
Acuna went 2-for-2 with two walks, a solo home run and a second run scored in Tuesday's 9-6 loss to the Diamondbacks,
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Robbie Ray and the Arizona bullpen couldn't keep the 21-year-old off the basepaths, and Acuna has now driven in at least one run in seven straight games, hitting a lofty .583 (14-for-24) over that stretch with four homers and 10 RBI. His slash line is up to .327/.464/.709, and fantasy GMs who invested a first-round pick in Acuna despite his limited track record have to be pleased with the early returns.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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12
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
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6
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+19%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+63%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+11%
OPS vs LHP
2017
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left 1.063 158 37 11 22 3 .319 .411 .652
Since 2017vs Right .894 406 56 21 56 15 .288 .362 .532
2019vs Left 1.500 22 7 3 6 0 .421 .500 1.000
2019vs Right .918 55 8 3 8 2 .273 .418 .500
2018vs Left .992 136 30 8 16 3 .302 .397 .595
2018vs Right .890 351 48 18 48 13 .290 .353 .536
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+2%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+15%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+3%
OPS on Road
2017
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .933 265 50 18 43 6 .288 .362 .571
Since 2017Away .947 299 43 14 35 12 .304 .388 .559
2019Home 1.049 55 10 4 10 1 .304 .418 .630
2019Away 1.206 22 5 2 4 1 .353 .500 .706
2018Home .904 210 40 14 33 5 .283 .348 .556
2018Away .928 277 38 12 31 11 .301 .379 .549
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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How does Ronald Acuna compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
BB/K
0.76
 
BB Rate
16.9%
 
K Rate
22.1%
 
BABIP
.350
 
ISO
.333
 
AVG
.317
 
OBP
.442
 
SLG
.651
 
OPS
1.092
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
Not only is Acuna the best prospect in baseball, he might be the best prospect to come along since Mike Trout and Bryce Harper were competing for pole position in 2012. It's incredibly rare for a 19-year-old prospect to earn a promotion to Triple-A, but Acuna, who opened the year at High-A, didn't just stop by to get a lay of the land. He was immediately the best player in the International League and was 62 percent better than the league's average hitter (162 wRC+) over 54 games. Dripping with fantasy-relevant tools, Acuna has the speed to steal 30-plus bases, enough power to hit 30-plus homers and the approach and bat-to-ball skills to hit .300. While he didn't show the same patience last year that he did in his first two professional seasons, he will be an OBP monster when appropriate fear is established in the minds of big-league pitchers. Acuna will be promoted to the majors in mid April, once the Braves have secured an extra year of control, and he could be a five-category force from Day 1.
An under-the-radar July 2 international signee out of Venezuela in 2014, Acuna has hit at every stop in pro ball, showcasing high-end tools along the way. He missed 15 weeks in the middle of the season with a thumb injury, but his .819 OPS would have ranked sixth in the Sally League, just behind top Rockies prospect Brendan Rodgers, if he had enough plate appearances to qualify. At 18, he would have been easily the youngest player in the top-10 on that leaderboard, and his 14 steals in just 40 games serve as another separator. The case can be made that on a per-game basis, Acuna was the most impressive hitter in Low-A last year, when factoring in age. He projects to grow into plus power and should maintain above average speed through his prime years, but we won't know what kind of hitter Acuna will be until he gets a taste of quality offspeed stuff at Double-A and Triple-A.
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Named NL Player of the Week
OFAtlanta Braves
April 16, 2019
Acuna was named the National League Player of the Week on Monday, Gabriel Burns of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
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Big day at dish
OFAtlanta Braves
April 11, 2019
Acuna went 3-for-4 with a triple and solo home run Thursday against the Mets.
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Braves-Rockies postponed
OFAtlanta Braves
April 10, 2019
Acuna won't play Wednesday against the Rockies with the contest being postponed due to inclement weather in Colorado, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports.
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Blasts fourth homer
OFAtlanta Braves
April 9, 2019
Acuna went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Tuesday's 7-1 win over the Rockies.
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Launches third home run
OFAtlanta Braves
April 8, 2019
Acuna went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer, three runs scored and a walk in Monday's 8-6 win over Colorado.
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