Roughly five and a half hours from NY: $277 round trip (for now), hotel, food and miscellaneous expenses. Is it possible that could be considered a reasonable price to see Ronald Acuna play baseball? Against players of lesser talent nonetheless. It just might be.
Not often does a potential generational player hit the Arizona Fall League. Not often does a player accomplish the things Ronald Acuna has at age 19 either. Acuna was recently named Minor League Player of the Year by Baseball America. He was also named the USA Today Minor League Player of the Year and MLBPipeline.com Hitter of the Year. It seems like the Braves are on their way to having possibly the best international signing ever. Only $100,000 for the Venezuelan! Somebody in that scouting department is going to end up getting a significant promotion.
Listed at 6’0 180 lbs – make no mistake about it, hitting from the right side this kid is a monster. Three teams, three leagues and 139 games played in the last year. He made the jump from A+ ball to AAA over the span of just one season! Acuna has done nothing but excel.
He even cracked 31 doubles as icing on the cake.
The strikeout rate has also decreased as he has gone up in the Braves system.
As you can see, the more he plays the more he continues to impress. Not only does he have an elite arm, but he has elite speed as well. Acuna is showing improved plate discipline and covers a ton of ground in the outfield. Braves AAA hitting coach John Moses recently put Acunas name in the same sentence as two other players he coached. You may have heard of them. Ken Griffey Jr and Alex Rodriguez. He said
“I mean, you can throw him into that lot of guys, for me, at 19 years old. He’s only going to get better. The guys are special when they come around like this.”
That seems like the perfect word to describe Acuna. Special. Perhaps special enough to get me to Arizona to see it in person. How about you?