Luisangel Acuna

21-Year-Old ShortstopSS
Texas Rangers AA
2023 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a $425,000 contract with the Rangers in July of 2018.
Protected from Rule 5 draft
SSTexas Rangers  AA
November 15, 2022
Acuna was added to the Rangers' 40-man roster Tuesday, Jeff Wilson of reports.
One of Ronald Acuna's younger brothers, Luisangel hit .278/.367/.425 with a 23.6 percent strikeout rate, 11 home runs and 40 stolen bases in 91 games across High-A and Double-A as a 20-year-old. At roughly 5-foot-8, he lacks his big brother's power potential and physicality, but Acuna is still ahead of schedule on his ascent up the organizational ladder.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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Could take on another position
SSTexas Rangers  AA
September 5, 2022
Texas assistant general manager for player development Ross Fenstermaker said Acuna could be asked to play other positions in addition to shortstop.
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Bumped up to Double-A
SSTexas Rangers  AA
August 1, 2022
The Rangers promoted Acuna from High-A Hickory to Double-A Frisco on Monday, Kennedi Landry of reports.
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Rolling in High-A
SSTexas Rangers  AA
June 13, 2022
Acuna owns a .299/.408/.598 slash line with seven homers, 10 steals and a 15:29 BB:K through 24 games for High-A Hickory this season.
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Returns from IL
SSTexas Rangers  AA
May 8, 2022
Acuna (hamstring) was reinstated from High-A Hickory's 7-day injured list Thursday and has gone 1-for-7 with two walks and two runs in his first two games since being activated.
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Working toward return
SSTexas Rangers  AA
April 30, 2022
Acuna (hamstring) is rehabbing in extended spring training and should return to High-A Hickory late next week, Kennedi Landry of reports.
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