Atlanta Braves: Ronald Acuna - Braves fans should be excited, but realistic

Hope Soto
April 28, 2018

Acuna is ranked No. 1 on ESPN Insider Keith Law's top 100 prospects list.

Ronald Acuna Jr. and Ozzie Albies, the two youngest players in the major leagues, both homered and combined for five RBIs to lead Atlanta over the hosting Cincinnati Reds 7-4 Thursday and give the Braves a split of the four-game series.

Acuna will hit sixth and start in left field tonight for the Braves.

The timing of Acuna's promotion has been a source of consternation among Braves fans all season, as many felt he should've been with the club from Opening Day after laying waste to minor league pitching in 2017 and outhitting the vast majority of the Braves' roster in Spring Training.

The losing pitcher was Max Fried (0-1), who was making his first appearance since being recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett. He hit.344 with nine homers in 54 Triple-A games.

Dye set that mark in 25 games, and Albies could have played in as many as 29, but the horrendous month of weather that has cost Major League Baseball a total of 26 games led to the postponement of two Braves games (April 15 vs. the Cubs and 22nd vs. the Mets).

Acuna should immediately slide right into an everyday role for the Braves.

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Atlanta is 4-1 in Teheran's last 5 division starts and 9-2 in their last 11 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 games overall.

With Acuna now penciled in as the primary left fielder, Ender Inciarte and Nick Markakis will occupy the team's other two outfield spots.

Many have visions of a Mike Trout-esque season from 2012 (.326 average, 30 home runs, 49 stolen bases).

The Phillies, who Atlanta plays on the road in the final series of the month, have allowed just two of Albies' extra-bats hits - a triple and a home run - and he has yet to deliver one at Citizens Bank Park, hitting.231 in 13 at-bats last season.

Cincinnati's Brandon Finnegan pitched five innings and allowed three runs (two earned) on seven hits and one walk. Scott Schebler and Billy Hamilton were 1-for-2 against him, while Scooter Gennett was 0-for-3 and Joey Votto was 0-for-1.

He then came around and scored to give the Braves a 6-4 lead.

"The Braves are playing good baseball", Reds interim manager Jim Riggleman said.

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