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Is Ronald Acuna the best prospect in baseball?

August 11th, 2017 at 9:12 AM
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GWINNETT, GA. รข?? Ronald Acuna is the best prospect in baseball.

You can make the argument that there are others who should vie for that spot, but Acuna’s meteoric rise plays a big role.

Acuna jumped three levels this season. Starting the year in the High-A Florida State League, he is now hitting leadoff in the International League. The young star in the making has excelled at each stop, often becoming the best hitter in each league.

He’s at it again with Gwinnett.

I was on hand once again to see Ronald Acuna doing Ronald Acuna things Wednesday night in Gwinnett. Acuna started slowly when he first arrived in the G-Braves lineup, but that has changed in the past week. Entering the game, he was amid an eight-game hitting streak in which he had a .452 average with five multiple-hit games over that span. Since his promotion to Triple-A on July 13 (less than one month ago for those bad at math), he’s hitting .347 in the circuit. Only five players are better than him right now.

As always, let’s do a quick Acuna refresh.

The Braves signed Acuna out of Venezuela in July 2014. He made his pro debut in 2015, and the Braves have been aggressive ever since. He jumped from the Gulf Coast League to the Appalachian League as a 17-year-old, and the Braves added him to full-season ball in 2016 with the Rome Braves. Injury essentially ruined his first full season, limiting him to just 42 games before Rome’s South Atlantic Championship run began.

Enter 2017. Many talked about some adjustments to his swing that gave more launch to the ball. All eyes were on Acuna as most projected him to be one of the most improved prospects in the game with an injury-free season under his belt.

This is beyond expectations.

With just 97 games career games played, Acuna headed to the Florida State League and was too much to …

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