Ronald Acuna
Ronald Acuna
22-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Atlanta Braves
2020 Fantasy Outlook
We may now have the answer to the question: "Who else would you draft 1.1 besides Mike Trout?" Acuna Jr., before his 22nd birthday, led all players in fantasy earned auction value last year while nearly pulling off a 40-40 season, slightly edging out Cody Bellinger in overall value. Christian Yelich would have likely won the title had his season not ended prematurely, but the fact Acuna Jr. began 2017 in High-A and ended 2019 as he did is an astounding feat. His barrel rate last season was in the 95th percentile, as was his xSLG and overall offensive production when putting the ball in play. There simply are not enough superlatives to describe what Acuna Jr. can bring to a fantasy roster as he contributes to all five categories and does so exceedingly well in four of them. His deal keeps him in Atlanta for the foreseeable future and health would be the only thing that could derail this production train. 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.
On base three times Monday
OFAtlanta Braves
August 4, 2020
Acuna went 2-for-4 with a walk and an RBI in Monday's 7-2 loss to the Mets.
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After a slow start to the season, Acuna's bat has woken up, to the surprise of no one. The 22-year-old has gone 6-for-17 (.353) over the last four games, drawing two walks for good measure, while adding a homer, three runs and four RBI to his ledger.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
11
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
4
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+4%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
+138%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+3%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+11%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018vs Left .912 298 60 18 41 8 .273 .372 .539
Since 2018vs Right .880 969 154 50 128 46 .284 .362 .518
2020vs Left .349 18 1 0 1 0 .071 .278 .071
2020vs Right .832 50 8 1 3 1 .262 .380 .452
2019vs Left .901 144 29 10 24 5 .270 .361 .540
2019vs Right .878 568 98 31 77 32 .282 .366 .512
2018vs Left .992 136 30 8 16 3 .302 .397 .595
2018vs Right .890 351 48 18 48 13 .290 .353 .536
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+1%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+141%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+1%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+3%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018Home .893 602 108 33 91 22 .282 .367 .526
Since 2018Away .883 665 106 35 78 32 .281 .362 .520
2020Home .939 41 6 1 4 1 .281 .439 .500
2020Away .389 27 3 0 0 0 .125 .222 .167
2019Home .880 351 62 18 54 16 .281 .370 .510
2019Away .885 361 65 23 47 21 .278 .360 .525
2018Home .904 210 40 14 33 5 .283 .348 .556
2018Away .928 277 38 12 31 11 .301 .379 .549
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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 2019 data (min 400 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
0.48
 
BB Rate
16.2%
 
K Rate
33.8%
 
BABIP
.344
 
ISO
.143
 
AVG
.214
 
OBP
.353
 
SLG
.357
 
OPS
.710
 
wOBA
.325
 
Exit Velocity
82.6 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
42.4%
 
Barrels/PA
6.3%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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.
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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Breaks out in win
OFAtlanta Braves
August 1, 2020
Acuna went 2-for-5 with a double, a home run, two runs scored and two RBI in Saturday's 7-1 win over the Mets.
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Doubles during intrasquad game
OFAtlanta Braves
July 16, 2020
Acuna doubled in his lone plate appearance in Wednesday's intrasquad game, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.
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Gets to face live pitching
OFAtlanta Braves
May 16, 2020
Acuna, Ozzie Albies and Charlie Culberson were able to take at-bats against live pitching this week, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.
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Searching for rhythm at plate
OFAtlanta Braves
March 12, 2020
Acuna went 1-for-3 with two strikeouts in Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against the Twins.
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Starting in Game 1
OFAtlanta Braves
October 3, 2019
Acuna is starting in Game 1 of the National League Division Series against the Cardinals on Thursday, leading off.
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