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
$Signed a contract with the Braves in July of 2014 that includes a $100,000 signing bonus.
Wants to remain at leadoff
OFAtlanta Braves
February 16, 2019
Acuna said Saturday that he wants to remain in the leadoff spot this season, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Acuna led off the Braves' first game after the All-Star break last year and remained in that spot for each of his appearances the rest of the season. Recent reports suggested that manager Brian Snitker intended to use Acuna as the team's cleanup hitter going forward, but Snitker hinted Saturday that the young phenom could get his wish. His place in the batting order will have an effect on his runs, RBI and stolen-base opportunities. Hitting leadoff seems slightly preferable for fantasy purposes as it would come with a handful of more plate appearances overall and likely more steals.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+11%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+11%
OPS vs LHP
2017
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2016
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .992 136 30 8 16 3 .302 .397 .595
Since 2016vs Right .890 351 48 18 48 13 .290 .353 .536
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
2016vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+3%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+3%
OPS on Road
2017
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2016
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .904 210 40 14 33 5 .283 .348 .556
Since 2016Away .928 277 38 12 31 11 .301 .379 .549
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
2016Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016Away 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
0.37
 
BB Rate
9.2%
 
K Rate
25.3%
 
BABIP
.352
 
ISO
.259
 
AVG
.293
 
OBP
.366
 
SLG
.552
 
OPS
.917
 
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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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Could be cleanup man to begin 2019
OFAtlanta Braves
January 31, 2019
Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos said last week that manager Brian Snitker is leaning toward deploying Acuna as the team's cleanup hitter in 2019, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.
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Spot in order undetermined
OFAtlanta Braves
December 5, 2018
Acuna will either serve as the Braves' leadoff or cleanup hitter next season, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.
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Receives rare rest
OFAtlanta Braves
September 23, 2018
Acuna is not starting Sunday against the Phillies.
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Steals 15th base in win over Phillies
OFAtlanta Braves
September 22, 2018
Acuna went 1-for-3 with two runs scored and a stolen base in a 5-3 win over the Phillies on Saturday as Atlanta clinched the National League East title.
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Four hits in win over Nats
OFAtlanta Braves
September 15, 2018
Acuna went 4-for-5 with a double, a triple, two runs scored and two RBI in Friday's 10-5 win over the Nationals.
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