Luisangel Acuna

Luisangel Acuna

22-Year-Old ShortstopSS
New York Mets
2024 Fantasy Outlook
Acuna was pretty clearly blocked long term in Texas, so a trade was welcomed, but things are still somewhat crowded long term in New York, where he was sent at the deadline for Max Scherzer straight up. One of Ronald Acuna's younger brothers, Luisangel is a 5-foot-8 middle infielder whose game is closer to that of Tommy Edman's than his big brother. His bloodlines are most evident in his bat speed and athleticism, but he needs all of that bat speed to generate his potential 10-15 homer power. He swiped 57 bases on 67 attempts in 121 games at Double-A, and that speed will be the ticket to his long-term fantasy relevance. Acuna was much better (.315/.377/.453, .138 ISO) before the trade than he was after it (.243/.317/.304, .061 ISO), but a lot of that difference can be attributed to a 93-point BABIP dip (.381 to .288) and him moving from the neutral park in Frisco to one of the worst Double-A parks for power in Binghamton. Acuna, who is on the 40-man roster, could be competing long term with Ronny Mauricio and Jett Williams for playing time, although Mauricio's knee surgery and Williams' inexperience make Acuna the best bet for 2024. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Mets in March of 2024.
Heating up for Syracuse
SSNew York Mets  AAA
May 28, 2024
Acuna is slashing .303/.344/.371 over his last 20 games for Triple-A Syracuse with eight steals in 10 attempts and a 13.5 percent strikeout rate.
ANALYSIS
The 22-year-old had a rough start to his season and headed into May with a .224/.276/.367 line and a 21.0 percent K rate, but Acuna has found a groove over the last few weeks. Per Will Sammon of The Athletic, he's worked on shortening his swing and reducing his leg kick, and the tweaks seem to be paying dividends. Should the 22-30 Mets become sellers this summer and ship out veterans like Starling Marte and Jeff McNeil, it could open up a spot in the majors for Acuna.
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Not yet considered for promotion
SSNew York Mets  AAA
May 31, 2024
According to SportsNet New York, Mets manager Carlos Mendoza said Friday the organization hasn't considered calling up Acuna.
ANALYSIS
Acuna has a .354/.407/.500 in his past 12 games at Triple-A Syracuse, but his overall OPS sits at .669 after a slow start to the campaign. It's the 22-year-old's first taste of the Triple-A level, so it's not a major surprise he's not coming up to the majors. However, if Acuna continues to swing a hot bat he could be in the mix for a promotion later in the summer.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Acuna was quite fortunate (.416 BABIP, 58.6 GB%) in 54 games at High-A and unlucky (.274 BABIP) in 37 games at Double-A while improving the quality of his contact (48.6 GB%) and cutting his strikeout rate from 25% to 21.3%. His .278/.367/.425 season line is an accurate representation of how he performed on the whole, and it was enough to punch his ticket to the 40-man roster this offseason as Rule 5 draft protection. Acuna packs a punch in a small package and is shorter and probably lighter than his listed 5-foot-10, 181 pounds. That's not to say he will approach big brother Ronald's power output, but Luisangel isn't a zero in the power department. He stole 40 bases and was caught nine times, and it's fair to assume he will run as much as he can in the majors. Unfortunately, while Acuna can make some flashy plays at shortstop, he might fit better at second base, where there would be more pressure on his bat. Corey Seager, Marcus Semien and Josh Jung are a pretty clear-cut infield of the future at the positions Acuna can play, so he may need to break in as a utility player.
While he stands at least four inches shorter than his older brother, Ronald Acuna, Luisangel is arguably more advanced as a baseball player than his older brother was at the same age. He will probably never hit 30 homers in a season, much less 41 like big brother, but Acuna had a loud showing in the fall instructional league and walked more than he struck out in the Dominican Summer League in 2019. The hope is that he develops a plus hit tool and is fast enough to steal 20-plus bases when he reaches the big leagues. He will likely end up at second base, but he has enough arm to handle the left side of the infield if necessary. Acuna has five-category potential, but we've still got little data to work with. We will learn a lot about his trajectory when he makes his full-season debut this season.
Ronald Acuna Jr. could eventually be joined in the majors by multiple younger brothers, with Luisangel, 17, and Bryan, 14, already approaching phenom status within their age groups. While Luisangel had a very impressive debut in the Dominican Summer League, he is not going to have the same game as his older brother. The 5-foot-10 middle infielder is appealing due to his extreme polish rather than extreme physical tools. He had more walks (34) than strikeouts (26) in 51 games -- something his big brother has never done at any pro stop. Acuna slashed .342/.438/.455 with two home runs and 17 steals on 23 attempts. Given his bloodlines and command of the strike zone, we can expect him to develop average or better power as he matures, and he could retain above-average speed into his mid-20s, but it's his potentially plus-plus hit tool that is the most appealing aspect of the profile right now.
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Optioned to Triple-A
SSNew York Mets  AAA
March 3, 2024
Acuna was optioned to Triple-A Syracuse on Sunday, Tim Britton of The Athletic reports.
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Could be option at second base
SSNew York Mets  AAA
February 17, 2024
Acuna will split his time in big-league camp this spring between shortstop and second base, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.
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Sent to Mets for Scherzer
SSNew York Mets  AAA
July 29, 2023
The Rangers traded Acuna to the Mets on Saturday in exchange for Max Scherzer, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.
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Streaking at Double-A
SSTexas Rangers  AAA
July 11, 2023
Acuna has a 13-game hitting streak going at Double-A Frisco and is hitting .411 with one home run, four steals and seven strikeouts over that stretch.
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Perfect on bases at Double-A
SSTexas Rangers  AAA
June 1, 2023
Acuna is hitting .302 with three home runs, 18 steals on 18 attempts and a 118 wRC+ in 40 games for Double-A Frisco.
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