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.
Swipes two bags in loss
OFAtlanta Braves
July 17, 2019
Acuna went 1-for-4 with two stolen bases in Tuesday's 13-1 loss to the Brewers.
ANALYSIS
The 21-year-old is now 16-for-19 on the basepaths this season, matching his steals total from last year in 16 fewer games and two fewer attempts. Acuna is already an elite five-category fantasy asset, but his most productive days should still be ahead.
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vs Right-Handed Pitchers
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25
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+15%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+20%
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 1.001 224 47 14 31 5 .307 .402 .599
Since 2017vs Right .867 696 103 35 88 27 .287 .358 .510
2019vs Left 1.014 88 17 6 15 2 .316 .409 .605
2019vs Right .844 345 55 17 40 14 .283 .362 .482
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
 
 
+4%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+5%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+3%
OPS on Road
2017
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .880 418 73 23 65 11 .286 .361 .519
Since 2017Away .915 502 77 26 54 21 .296 .375 .540
2019Home .856 208 33 9 32 6 .290 .375 .481
2019Away .899 225 39 14 23 10 .290 .369 .530
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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Stat Review
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.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against this season's data (min 200 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.42
 
BB Rate
9.9%
 
K Rate
23.6%
 
BABIP
.341
 
ISO
.217
 
AVG
.290
 
OBP
.372
 
SLG
.507
 
OPS
.878
 
wOBA
.383
 
Exit Velocity
90.9 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
45.5%
 
Barrels/PA
8.6%
 
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14 days ago
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14 days ago
Chris Bennett checks out Wednesday's main slate and finds few dependable pitching options, which makes Walker Buehler an even more appealing play against the Diamondbacks.
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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Swipes 14th base
OFAtlanta Braves
July 14, 2019
Acuna went 2-for-5 with a stolen base and a run scored in Sunday's victory over San Diego.
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Goes yard in win
OFAtlanta Braves
July 13, 2019
Acuna went 1-for-6 with a solo home run in Saturday's 7-5 extra-inning win over the Padres.
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Launches 22nd homer
OFAtlanta Braves
July 12, 2019
Acuna went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Friday's win over the Padres.
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On base four times in win
OFAtlanta Braves
July 8, 2019
Acuna went 1-for-2 with three walks and a run scored in Sunday's win over the Marlins.
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Belts 20th home run
OFAtlanta Braves
July 1, 2019
Acuna went 3-for-5 with a solo home run and a stolen base while scoring three runs in a loss to the Mets on Sunday.
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