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Birth Date12-18-1997
Height6' 0"
Weight180 lbs
Age19 years, 9 months, 8 days
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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2015 BRA Rk 37 157 .273 .234 .305 .328 .242 .292 117 2.2 4.8 0.1 -1.5 1.1 8.2 0.7 8.2 0.7
2015 DNV Rk 18 80 .318 .263 .334 .376 .268 .388 98 5.3 2.4 -0.2 -2.6 1.2 8.8 0.6 8.8 0.6
2016 ROM A 40 171 .319 .260 .317 .378 .265 .359 101 10 4.5 -0.1 1.0 2.9 17.3 2.0 17.3 2.0
2016 BRA Rk 2 8 .343 .231 .319 .313 .249 .400 96 0.7 0.2 -0.1 -0.3 0.0 0.9 0.1 0.9 0.1
2016 MEL Wnt 20 83 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .431 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2017 BRV A+ 28 126 .283 .255 .325 .374 .261 .411 106 2.9 3.5 -0.2 -1.5 1.2 7.4 0.6 7.4 0.6
2017 MIS AA 57 243 .321 .242 .312 .371 .253 .396 96 15 6.6 -0.6 -2.8 0.6 21.7 2.0 21.7 2.0
2017 GWN AAA 54 243 .302 .251 .318 .391 .252 .404 97 11.4 7.3 -1.3 5.1 -0.0 17.4 2.2 17.4 2.2

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2015 DNV Rk 80 10 20 5 2 1 7 10 19 5 1 .290 .388 .464 .174 .318 8.8 -2.6 0.6
2015 BRA Rk 157 31 34 9 2 3 11 18 23 11 3 .258 .376 .424 .167 .273 8.2 -1.5 0.7
2016 MEL Wnt 83 15 27 5 1 2 13 10 13 13 3 .375 .446 .556 .181 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2016 BRA Rk 8 1 2 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 .333 .500 .333 .000 .343 0.9 -0.3 0.1
2016 ROM A 171 27 46 2 2 4 18 18 28 14 7 .311 .387 .432 .122 .319 17.3 1.0 2.0
2017 GWN AAA 243 38 76 14 2 9 33 17 48 11 6 .344 .393 .548 .204 .302 17.4 5.1 2.2
2017 MIS AA 243 29 72 14 1 9 30 18 56 19 11 .326 .374 .520 .195 .321 21.7 -2.8 2.0
2017 BRV A+ 126 21 33 3 5 3 19 8 40 14 3 .287 .336 .478 .191 .283 7.4 -1.5 0.6

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2017-09-18 23:00:00 (link to chat)OK, time to make some declarations with the MiLB season almost done. Biggest surprise (for better or worse) of any prospect this year? Why?
(Po Boy from NO)
Hmmm...I'll go with Yadier Alvarez's struggles to control the strike zone. He's still growing into his (large) body, so I'm not surprised he had *some* trouble with repeatability and inconsistent command in the here and now. But the delivery and the stuff is just so easy that I was a little surprised that he didn't demonstrate more feel and timing than he did. The delivery needs a better flow than it has, but perhaps we just need to wait a little longer until he harnesses his man body before we can start to see that.

Here's what I'm talking about w/r/t timing/command: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2YyLLMwJaU

On the positive side, it's hard not to point and devolve into profanity-laced marvel at what Ronald Acuna did this season. Kid's been an utter and complete monster, and I'm not sure anyone quite saw THAT level coming from him (or anybody), especially on the heels of injury last season. (Wilson Karaman)
2017-09-07 20:00:00 (link to chat)Who is the better major leaguer: Ronald Acuna or Victor Robles?
(BT from Chicago)
Right now, it looks like it's Acuna. But considering that you're asking about a 19-year-old (Acuna) and a 20-year-old (Robles), the range of outcomes for each is incredibly high. Twenty years from now, any analyst who picked the player out of these two who ended up being better got lucky. Hopefully they won't mistake their good fortune for actual skill. (Scooter Hotz)
2017-09-07 20:00:00 (link to chat)Is Tatis a top 5 prospect starting next season? Could he make it to the majors in 2018?
(Mike from California )
Probably not, but it's not because he isn't awesome. He's awesome. But the top four seem pretty locked in as Ronald Acuna, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Victor Robles and Eloy Jimenez. Tatis is in the conversation for that fifth spot along with several other guys, but if I have to pick Tatis or the field for that last spot, I'll take the field. This is in no way an insult to Tatis, who, as I said earlier, is awesome. (Scooter Hotz)
2017-08-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Should the Braves see any advantage in promoting Ronald Acuna to Atlanta in September? It seems he's ML-ready as a 19yo. Similar question for Nick Senzel and the Reds?
(ironcityguys from home)
More from the redoubtable Jarrett Seidler: "Well, he's only 24. And he's from my neck of the woods, so maybe I'm biased, but no, I don't think he's lost. Rockies pitchers are...well, you know. He'd allowed only three homers in 42 1/3 innings through the end of June, and that wasn't going to last, and he's been really lit up (game score < 40) in only five games. My biggest concern: 25 K%, 7 BB% through 6/30, 13% and 10% since. He's in the zone a lot--his 52.9% Zone rate is 11th among 142 pitchers with at least 1,200 pitches--but his 26.8% O-Swing rate (i.e., chase rate) is 115th. That suggests to me that he's not fooling anybody with his stuff outside the zone, hence the reduction in Ks and the rise of BBs. Given that four of his bad starts have come in his last six games, might it be fatigue? He pitched 104 MiLB innings in 2015, and 150, mostly in AAA, in 2016. He's at 135 2/3 so far this year. He seems a candidate for a move to the bullpen or a 10-day BS "arm fatigue" DL stint to see if he can recuperate and recapture something. He's not ace material, but he should be better than he's been lately."

Dudes, you're killing me with the prospects questions. "Rob, did Juan Gonzalez deserve any of his MVPs, and if not, who should've won those years?" "No, and A-Rod both years, arguably Griffey in '96 and either Jeter (who got screwed out of two other MVPs) or Garciaparra in '98." Thank you. (Rob Mains)
2017-08-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)Next year's Ronald Acuna will be...
(Brick from Tampa, fl)
I mean, the correct answer is probably "n/a", but Florial could make a leap. Also a guy like Miguel Aparicio could be interesting. (Mark Barry)
2017-07-31 23:00:00 (link to chat)How would you console yourself for trading Ronald Acuna for Jon Lester if you don't win the Ship? (At least I still have Robles and Eloy)
(A sad former Acuna owner from San Jose)
I made a similar gambit dealing him for Kluber, so I guess we're Thelma and Louising this shit together, aren't we? Cheers!

Baseball world, meet my nextdoor neighbors. This singer is 15. *15*. She is the Victor Robles of pop music. Her brother - just turned 20 - produced this. He is the Vladito of pop music production: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UWAbdiiAOZA (Wilson Karaman)
2017-07-31 23:00:00 (link to chat)If I have Victor Robles, Ronald Acuna, Rhys Hoskins, Eloy Jimenez, Kyle Tucker, Juan Soto and Fernando Tatis Jr on my minor league dynasty roster, who do I drop, if anyone, to add Bo Bichette?
(Steve from AZ)
Uh...I think I speak for all of us when I say $#%& YOU! I dunno man, trade one of those dudes (Soto? Tatis? Hoskins?) for an awesome player, immediately pick up Bichette, cackle, remember you're supposed to act like you've been there before, take a breath, compose yourself, lose control, cackle again. (Wilson Karaman)
2017-07-06 12:00:00 (link to chat)Explain what you mean by this re: Ronald Acuna "Why He Might Fail: In five years he has a chance to be 24"
(BravesOptions from RVA)
It's an old Casey Stengel quip about prospect development not always working out. A lighthearted reference to the general risk of teenagers with swing and miss, nothing more. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2017-06-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Next year's Ronald Acuna?
(Tom from Washington DC)
Sorry, prospects are not my long suit...in what sense? Acuna's a really good prospect who remains on track to be a solid major leaguer, coming back from an injury this year. There are several guys who could meet that definition next year. Some haven't even been injured yet! (Rob Mains)
2017-07-13 14:00:00 (link to chat)Ronald Acuna is in AAA at 19. Woah. Think he gets a cup of coffee?
(Steve from AL)
I mean, it's pretty crazy he's even in Triple-A at 19, so I'm not ruling anything out. Acuna is a monster. (Mark Barry)
2017-06-27 20:00:00 (link to chat)Next Year's Ronald Acuna?
(Mike from ATL)
Blake Rutherford about right for where Acuna was coming into the season? (Jarrett Seidler)
2017-06-27 20:00:00 (link to chat)Who'd you rather target in a dynasty league as a seller. Clint Frazier, Vladito, or Ronald Acuna?
(Arnie from NYC)
Frazier due to proximity with similar upside. (Jarrett Seidler)
2017-06-13 12:00:00 (link to chat)Next year's Ronald Acuna?
(Tom from Washington DC)
Do I get to cheat and say Juan Soto? (Craig Goldstein)
2017-05-15 17:00:00 (link to chat)Ronald Acuna is vaporizing AA so far (.560/.593/.920 2HR, 2SB in 6 games) and has trimmed the strikeouts back to a reasonable level after a whiff-heavy start (22% over his past 20 games). Where would you rank him on a list of the best dynasty league prospects?
(bravesfan69 from magic city)
Nice question.

I have him 12th. If he crushes Double-A pitching for a full season, he's a Top 5 guy at the end of the year. (Mike Gianella)
2017-05-08 20:00:00 (link to chat)Ronald Acuna is the next....?
(TJ from ATL)
In spring training, I know Braves people were comparing him to Andruw Jones. That's an awfully lofty expectation, but it also would be really, really fun. (Mark Barry)
2017-05-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Ronald Acuna - the next big thing?
(Craig from CT)
Acuna is slashing .278/.330/.456 with eight extra-base hits in 98 plate appearances at High-A. The answer is always "maybe." It's hard to find a 19-year-old outfielder (with his size) that hits for this type of power at such a young age. He shot up our dynasty rankings after a stellar start in Rome last spring before getting hurt. He's most likely going to finish the year as a top-10 fantasy prospect. (George Bissell)
2017-05-22 23:00:00 (link to chat)Half the people in these chats seem obsessed with Ronald Acuna. Could you run down what a Ronald Acuna failure scenario looks like? I mean aside from if he gets hurt and/or never makes the Majors. There seem to be questions about his bat and defense: what if those don't develop? What kind of role would he play and how likely is it that he ends up there (as opposed to his lofty projected ceiling)?
(Not a pessimist from Cloud 9)
I mean, we ask those questions of every prospect, right? The punchline on an Acuna is that those who've seen him play believe there's a higher probability than most that he develops better raw tools than most into better baseball skills than most. Abject failure scenario looks like everyone else's: he stalls out in the mid- or high-minors, and that's that. I tend to be the type that wants to see failure & response in the minors before signing off on a prospect, but he's certainly in no hurry to give me or anyone else the opportunity to see what that looks like. Realistic worse-case I guess, he has to move off center, his aggressiveness at the dish takes over and his hit tool stalls out, turning him into a dynamic but frustrating tweener. (Wilson Karaman)
2017-05-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)Ronald Acuna - Top 10 prospect now?
(Cary from ATL )
That's a big move off five weeks of baseball, but if you were going to move a guy big off five weeks of baseball, he'd be a good candidate. I would guess he is top 20 on our midseason and closer to 10 than 20. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2017-05-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who are some names that might make the midseason top 50 who weren't in the top 100? Let's exclude fringe top 100 guys like Vlad Jr, Bo Bichette. More curious about out-of-nowhere guys, if any.
(RizzMiggz from Las Vegas, NV)
It's unusual to get big jumpers like that I think. I tend to be pretty conservative even after two months of baseball, although it does give us actual time to see more guys and gather more info. You do get the occasional now-healthy pitcher or Ronald Acuna. I would guess Brito and Mitch White get discussed. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2017-05-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who's higher on next year's 101: Juan Soto or Ronald Acuna?
(AJ from Phoenix)
Please do not ask me to choose between my large Latin American sons yet. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2017-04-05 23:00:00 (link to chat)Ronald Acuna the next big prospect?
(Sam from ATL)
Lot of Acuna questions, so let's just tackle him up front: he's as good a bet as anyone in the minor leagues to make a jump into elite prospect range, yeah. We had him 31st on the strength of 40 games at full-season, that should tell you all you need to know about the kind of ceiling the kid has. He presented impressively in big-league camp this spring, and if he hits at High-A he'll make the leap. Hell, he might make a (smaller) leap even if he doesn't hit, long as he looks pretty & responds well while he struggles. (Wilson Karaman)
2017-04-11 19:00:00 (link to chat)Ronald Acuna the next big prospect?
(Dan from Atlanta)
I suspect we'll have lots of next big prospects rather than just one. Also, Acuna already weighed in at #31 on BP's global list, so it seems like he's already there.

And (see my response to the last question) there is always going to be fear about a player's ability to make contact as he moves up the latter until he dispels them. Even an uber prospect like Byron Buxton is having a brutal time making contact in the majors, and Acuna is already showing the need to adjust in his first year at High A. (Nick Schaefer)
2017-04-11 19:00:00 (link to chat)Seems the theme of every chat is about how good Ronald Acuna will be. Can we give it up for some closer to the bigs players that no one is talking about?
(Loonies from Tampa)
Oh. Look at that.

A few different ways to interpret your question. There are guys like Yohander Mendez who look awfully close to the bigs, and so despite their lack of flashiness still gets them in the Top 50. Amir Garrett is another who is breaking into the majors and looks like he may be a solid mid-rotation arm. Kind of hard to look like you're going to be a regular and not get some sort of attention.

Perhaps Kyle Higashioka is the answer here? Now I've talked about him. Hmm. (Nick Schaefer)
2017-03-29 14:00:00 (link to chat)Juan Soto, Ronald Acuna or Mickey Moniak? Hunter Greene or Michael Kopech?
(RDBL2014 from San Francisco)
Soto in fantasy, Moniak in real life. Kopech for both because he's just closer. (Trevor Strunk)
2017-03-23 20:00:00 (link to chat)Is Ronald Acuna the next big prospect?
(Dan from ATL )
It would certainly appear that way. I love what I'm hearing and reading about Acuna. The Andruw Jones comps out of spring training have been fun. PECOTA likes him too, his top three comparable players are: Mike Trout, Carlos Correa, and Jurickson Profar. So, um, we like him. (Mark Barry)
2017-03-23 20:00:00 (link to chat)Fantasy wise - Ronald Acuna or Juan Soto? or both?
(Daniel from CT)
If you can swing it, both. If I'm forced to pick, I'll take Acuna and right now it's not particularly close. (Mark Barry)
2017-03-23 20:00:00 (link to chat)Is Ronald Acuna a to 20 prospect by the end of the season?
(Michael from Atlanta)
I think he's probably already there. (Mark Barry)
2017-03-22 20:00:00 (link to chat)Ronald Acuna - next big prospect?
(Dan from ATL )
Ronald Acuna is one of the guys that we have some crazy, crazy high internal reports on. His position on the 101 was *cautious* compared to what we were hearing about him. So yeah, I can buy that. (Jarrett Seidler)
2017-03-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)How would you rank Mickey Moniak, Kyle Lewis, Ronald Acuna, and Juan Soto for their ultimate MLB projection, and why? Thank you!
(RDBL2014 from San Francisco)
Upside

Soto, Acuna, Lewis, Moniak

Surety

Lewis, Moniak, Soto, Acuna (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2017-03-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Jeffrey, I don't know if you answer fantasy questions but I have a prospect related fantasy question. I'm in a keep forever league and received an offer where I trade the #2 pick overall in this year's draft (pool consists of 2016 draftees and scrubs) + Ronald Acuna for A.Chapman and Basabe (ChiSox). Assuming Senzel goes #1 I'd likely draft Ray or Lewis at #2. Is this too much youth value to give up for Chapman?
(jabloom from ottawa)
I do though I can't vouch for their usefulness. If you are trying to win now and really need saves maybe. Feels like too much to me though. I'd at least try to get a better (and closer) second piece than Basabe even in that case. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2017-03-30 20:00:00 (link to chat)How soon until Ronald Acuna is a top 10 prospect?
(Tom from Atlanta)
Could be as early as next year, but he'll have to have a great year this year to do it, which isn't a lock, and he'll have to turn his potential power into game power. That could happen this year, that might take a few years, and it might never happen. Prospects, man. (Scooter Hotz)
2017-02-14 12:00:00 (link to chat)Does Ronald Acuna have the chance to jump Victor Robles in the rankings by this time next year, or is he just Robles Lite? (Barring any moderate/major injuries)
(Tony from USA)
Robles could get hit by a falling jet engine.

(we really like Victor Robles...and Donnie Darko I guess. I honestly haven't rewatched it in years) (The Top 101 Prospect Chat with Jeffrey Paternostro)
2017-02-06 23:00:00 (link to chat)Please rank these guys in dyntasy format (5x5): Ronald Acuna, Isan Diaz, Blake Rutherford, Juan Soto, Kevin Maitan. TIA
(TrickDaddy14 from Hotlanta )
I think that might be my order? Flip Soto and Rutherford maybe? Maitan's a dude that could absolutely blow up this year with normal progression, but he's soooo far away. Soto's in a similar boat, though ahead of Maitan right now.

Let us quash some ghosts, yah? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qh5LmcY7p3E (Wilson Karaman)
2017-02-06 23:00:00 (link to chat)I'm always a little unsure of how to view Fall/Winter ball seasons- uneven competition, varied field and park conditions, etc. Any prospects who you think really raised their profile coming into next season?
(smelmoth from America's Most Educated State)
I think that's right, and players are various stages of gassed by the time they come along, too. We talked a bit earlier about Gleyber Torres, he's probably the guy that impressed the most in Arizona? How much that helped his "stock" overall is up for debate, but it certainly doesn't ever *hurt* when a dude rakes against quality competition for a stretch.

One place where post-season leagues are genuinely helpful is for injury rehab guys. Ronald Acuna's a good example of that, he went down to Australia and absolutely destroyed the league for 20 games after missing half the season with a thumb injury. Looked good doing it, and reinforced the optimism scouts had after watching him play in the first half. This kid has a pretty obscene ceiling, and it was helpful for everyone to get another glimpse of it in the fall. (Wilson Karaman)
2017-02-13 20:00:00 (link to chat)Thank you for your deligent work, can you please rank these players with highest out come for career; Victor Robles, Eloy Jimenez and Ronald Acuna. Thank you
(bsgallo from Good evening)
Robles, then Jimenez, then Acuna. Robles and Jimenez are very close in my mind, and I might flip-flop them a week from now if asked again. Acuna is a decent-sized step below those two. (Scooter Hotz)
2017-02-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Which young Braves prospect should I be most excited about: Kevin Maitan or Ronald Acuna? Do they have similar offensive ceilings?
(Nick from ATL)
Maitan hasn't played a professional game yet, so I'm hesitant to speculate. However, if you read any of the things that have been reported on him, he sounds incredible. At this exact moment in time, I'd rather have Acuna. You should be more excited about Maitan because he's a shortstop, but Acuna is really good and we've seen him play. (George Bissell)
2017-01-31 19:00:00 (link to chat)What would you put Ronald Acuna's current ceiling at? And does he have the ability to possibly end up at AA to end the season?
(charbar16 from Deland, Florida)
His current ceiling? The moon and the stars and everything they encompass. His BP similarity index? Mike Trout...Carlos Correa...Jurickson Profar...Nomar Mazara...and I'm light-headed. That said, he's still super young and lots of things have to go right for him to get there. I don't think the Braves have a ton of reason to move him quickly, so I think if he does get to Double-A this year it's likely for a cup of coffee toward the end of the season. (Mark Barry)
2016-09-08 19:00:00 (link to chat)#1 prospect in 2018, 2019 and 2020?
(Chris from Texas)
This is an extremely tough question because ETA's vary by organization pretty dramatically these days. For example, Yoan Moncada hasn't even been in the Red Sox organization for two full seasons and he's already in the major leagues. I'll indulge the question and speculate wildly. Gotta give the people what they want. If I'm jumping past next season, the two names that stand out to me fantasy-wise are either Victor Robles or Ronald Acuna. The dark horse in my book is Isan Diaz. If I'm in a full-scale rebuild looking years into the future, these are the building blocks and franchise cornerstones I'm targeting. (George Bissell)
2016-09-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)Moving forward, please rank these guys on their offensive production potential only... Juan Soto, Isan Diaz, Eloy Jimenez, Victor Robles, Rafael Devers, Ronald Acuna. Thank you
(Randy from Chippewa)
Just offense, I'd go: Jimenez, Devers, Robles, Diaz, Acuna, Soto. That's a good group. (Christopher Crawford)
2016-09-12 23:00:00 (link to chat)Question on a couple young guys...Merandy Gonzalez, Ronald Acuna, and Jonathan Guzman Phillies SS)...do you like Merandy as a MLB SP? Is Acuna a top 100 consideration for you this year or a potential top 25/50 guy in future years? Heard any buzz on Guzman? Stats look great at a young age.
(Festivus313 from Phoenix)
Jeff wrote a nice detailed report on Merandy earlier this summer, and it does sound like more of a 'pen arm, though a potentially very exciting one: http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=29656

Acuna was discussed at some length for the end of the mid-season Top 50, and is a highly probable fit on this winter's 101, yes. David Lee wrote up a report on him the other day, lotta tools there and holy hell the raw power for a man that size: http://www.baseballprospectus.com/prospects/eyewitness_bat.php?reportid=397

And then re: Guzman, I checked in with Matt Winkleman over at The Good Phight on this dude (recommended follow if you're a Phillies fan, incidentally), and Guzman is a guy to watch in the basement of that org, for sure. Feel for the bat at a young age, likely shortstop, nice starter package. He's 17 and a half-decade away, but hey, you gotta start somewhere. (Wilson Karaman)
2016-08-11 14:00:00 (link to chat)Next Big Prospect nobody is talking about?
(Eric from CT)
Among the general public, I think that's Ronald Acuna with the Braves. Otherwise, Vlad Guerrero, Jr. is gonna get a whole lotta hype in the coming year. On the pitching side, it could be Dylan Cease with the Cubs. (J.P. Breen)
2016-06-20 16:00:00 (link to chat)Ronald Acuna and Tyler O'Neill... Both are available in my dynasty league (deep minor rosters).... What do they both project in the future?
(TrickDaddy14 from YTown)
I'll start off by saying that I do not play fantasy baseball, nor will I be able to provide great insight. Luckily Scooter Hotz is chatting tomorrow so ask him!

http://www.baseballprospectus.com/chat/chat.php?chatId=1341

I'll make one quick point on Tyler O'Neill; I saw him in the Arizona Fall League and I wasn't especially high on him. A very muscular swing, lacked defensive value, and wasn't sure about his contact ability. Apparently he found what I said and wanted to prove me wrong. (Steve Givarz)
2016-06-23 14:00:00 (link to chat)In 3 years - Victor Robles or Ronald Acuna?
(Patrick from Florida)
Gimme Robles. Every time. He is very, very good. (Nicolas Stellini)
2016-06-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Ronald Acuna or Amed Rosario for fantasy dynasty leagues?
(PL from MA)
Rosario at this point, since he's a level ahead and plays shortstop, but Acuna has the tools and seems to have the strike-zone discipline to be a huge offensive contributor in time. (Daniel Rathman)
2016-06-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Next BIG prospect that nobody is talking about right now?
(Paul from Chi Town)
This is a bit of a copout, since he's currently on the DL with a (supposedly) broken hand, but I'll mention Ronald Acuna here. He was more than holding his own at the plate in the Sally League to begin the year, and there are intriguing tools to accompany the precocious approach at the plate. Keep an eye on Acuna whenever he's activated by Low-A Rome. (Daniel Rathman)
2016-05-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)What kind of potential does Ronald Acuna have? Victor Robles Potential?
(Craig from CT)
Looks left.

Looks right.

I think he has MORE potential than Victor Robles. How's that for a hot take at 10:00 in the morning on a Thursday? (Christopher Crawford)
2016-05-26 19:00:00 (link to chat)Hey--read on a recent Weekly Roundup that Ronald Acuna suffered an injury sliding into second, and has since been spotted wearing a fairly hefty cast. Tried to find some info but wasn't able. Do you have any knowledge or info regarding the injury? -- what it was, how serious, what people are saying? Thanks!
(nkunke1 from Baton Rouge)
I'm sorry, I haven't heard anything beyond what I saw on Twitter, which was pretty much the same nebulous report. (Mike Gianella)
2016-05-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)What kind of potential does Ronald Acuna have? Victor Robles Potential?
(Craig from LA)
Acuna is probably the most like Robles in terms of bursting on to the scene, but doesn't have the same combination of polish and ceiling. (Sam Miller)
2016-04-12 18:00:00 (link to chat)Give me a Braves guy outside the top 20 not named Ronald Acuna who could break out this season.
(Alex from Atlanta)
I'll go with Max Povse. Plus fastball, shows a change that flashes plus, throws strikes with those pitches and a so-so curveball. That's my guess. (Christopher Crawford)


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