Acuna went 1-for-2 with a home run and three RBI in Thursday's Grapefruit League game against the Tigers.
The phenom hammered a third-inning offering from Mike Fiers deep to left field for his third homer of the spring and second in as many games, with both homers coming off bona fide big-league pitchers. Spring training stats should always be taken with a full shaker of salt, but it's hard not to buy into the hype surrounding Acuna given his .417/.523/.594 slash line through 14 spring games, with four steals in four attempts to complement his power display and a more than respectable 4:7 BB:K. The consensus best prospect in the game turned 20 just before Christmas, but it's the Braves' lineup that will be receiving a gift whenever the front office decides the time is right to bring Acuna to the majors -- whether that's on Opening Day, or a couple of weeks into April.
Acuna went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Tuesday's Grapefruit League game against the Blue Jays.
He crushed a fourth-inning pitch from Aaron Sanchez to right-center field for his second homer of the spring. Acuna is now 14-for-34 through 13 games, and the only thing standing between him and a starting assignment with the Braves on Opening Day is the desire for one more year of team control on the organization's young phenom.
Acuna went 2-for-2 with a walk, a double, a run scored and two stolen bases in Saturday's Grapefruit League game against the Pirates.
He's also been putting on a show defensively this spring, and the 20-year-old has done everything he can on the field to prove he belongs in the Braves' Opening Day starting lineup, slashing a ridiculous .433/.528/.567 through 36 plate appearances with a homer and four steals. Acuna may still have to spend another few weeks at Triple-A Gwinnett in April to buy the organization an extra year of control on his contract, but it's just a matter of time before he begins his assault on big-league pitching in earnest.
Acuna went 3-for-3 with a two-run homer and a stolen base in Friday's Grapefruit League game against the Yankees.
His first home run of the spring was no cheapie, as he blasted a Masahiro Tanaka fastball to right-center field. Acuna is now slashing .421/.476/.579 through six games, and the 20-year-old is doing nothing to put a damper on the massive hype he brings into the season.
Acuna went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a stolen base in Wednesday's game against the Mets.
After going 0-for-7 to start the spring, Acuna now has three hits in his last six at-bats. Baseball's top prospect is likely headed back to Triple-A to begin the season no matter how good he looks in camp, assuming the Braves prioritize an extra year of team control over early April results in 2018, but a strong Grapefruit League showing should reassure GMs in re-draft leagues that Acuna will still see significant playing time this season, making his five-category upside very appealing.
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