Acuna will either serve as the Braves' leadoff or cleanup hitter next season, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports. After bursting onto the major-league scene in 2018, Acuna spent some time hitting out of different spots in the lineup (typically second) before settling into the leadoff spot coming out of the All-Star break. Following that change, he hit .322/.403/.625 with 19 home runs, 45 RBI and 14 stolen bases in the final two-plus months of the year and propelled the club to a National League East title. According to O'Brien, should Atlanta choose to move him down into the cleanup spot, Ender Inciarte and Ozzie Albies will vie for the opportunity to bat first in the lineup. At this point, Josh Donaldson is expected to hit second with Freddie Freeman behind him.
Acuna is not starting Sunday against the Phillies. Acuna sits for the first time in 48 games as the Braves make several changes following their division-clinching win Saturday. Adam Duvall starts in left field in his place.
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. The 20-year-old outfielder stole his 15th base in 20 tries, and his average now stands at .290 on the season. Acuna is a cross-category fantasy asset, as he's recorded 26 home runs, 77 runs scored and 58 RBI over 407 at-bats.
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. Both extra-base hits came off a struggling Max Scherzer, helping chase the Nats ace off the mound in his shortest outing of the year. Acuna now boasts a .297/.374/.586 slash line, and he remains locked in a tight battle with Juan Soto -- who also looked good Friday, launching his 20th homer of the season -- for NL Rookie of the Year honors.
Acuna went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run, two walks, three runs scored and a stolen base Sunday against the Diamondbacks. Acuna took Robbie Ray deep in the sixth inning for his 25th home run of the season. Earlier, in the fourth inning, he had stolen second base to record his 14th of the season, though he was ultimately thrown out attempting to swipe third in the same inning. Acuna continues to impress in his rookie campaign, ripping four home runs and swiping two bases in his past 10 games.