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Luisangel 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.

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  • Mets' Luisangel Acuna: Optioned to Triple-A

    Acuna was optioned to Triple-A Syracuse on Sunday, Tim Britton of The Athletic reports. The 21-year-old was with the Mets for the first couple weeks of big-league camp but will now move over to the minor-league side of spring training. Acuna immediately became one of the Mets' top prospects after being acquired from the Rangers in the Max Scherzer trade in July, and a strong showing at Syracuse this season could set up the young infielder's MLB debut later in the year.
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  • Mets' Luisangel Acuna: Sent to Mets for Scherzer

    The Rangers traded Acuna to the Mets on Saturday in exchange for Max Scherzer, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports. Acuna, who is the younger brother of Atlanta All-Star Ronald Acuna, was one of Texas' top prospects and will also be one of the top players in New York's farm system. The 21-year-old shortstop has a .323/.384/.472 slash line and 42 steals in 84 games at Double-A this season, so he could move up to Triple-A before the end of the campaign.
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  • Rangers' Luisangel Acuna: Protected from Rule 5 draft

    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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  • Rangers' Luisangel Acuna: Working toward return

    Acuna (hamstring) is rehabbing in extended spring training and should return to High-A Hickory late next week, Kennedi Landry of reports. Acuna strained his hamstring in Hickory's season opener and was originally supposed to miss at least two weeks. It looks as though he'll miss approximately three weeks instead, but he's trending in the right direction and shouldn't have his development set back significantly.
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  • Rangers' Luisangel Acuna: Suffers hamstring strain

    Acuna will miss at least two weeks with a Grade 1 hamstring strain, Kennedi Landry of reports. Acuna suffered the injury during High-A Hickory's season opener Friday. As long as the injury remains a fairly short-term problem, it shouldn't significantly set his development back this season.
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  • Rangers' Luisangel Acuna: Expected to start 2022 in High-A

    Acuna is expected to open 2022 at High-A Hickory, according to Baseball America. He got off to a terrible start last season, so his final batting line (.266/.345/.404) at Low-A doesn't jump off the page. That said, Acuna was only 19, and he ended up hitting 12 homers and swiping 44 bases, with his 10.4 percent walk rate offering some promise as well. He'll likely never develop the power that his brother, Ronald, has shown off in the majors, but Luisangel is flashing plenty of promise in his own right. It's not unreasonable to think that a big 2022 could get him on the radar for a promotion sometime in 2023.
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