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By: Nick Wells
The long-awaited arrival of one of the top prospects in baseball is finally here. Ronald Acuna will make his MLB debut tonight for the Atlanta Braves. Following Spring Training, expectations were that Acuna would be called up on April 14th, so that the Braves could have him as soon as possible while also maintaining an extra year of control. However, after beginning his season with a slump in Gwinnett, and with Preston Tucker having an impressive start to the year in LF for Atlanta, expectations began to change. Recently, Tucker has started to cool off, but would still be a powerful asset for Brian Snitker to use off the bench.
Acuna has begun to prove himself in AAA, posting a .320/.370/.360 line in his last 7 games, showing that he’s ready to begin his tenure with the major league club. He has also seen improvement in the number of walks and strikeouts after striking out 12 times in the first 3 series of the season. The five-tool phenom also showed off his base running abilities on Monday night, stealing 3 bases in a matchup against the Rochester Red Wings.
The 2017 MLB Pipeline Hitter of the Year has given Braves fans a lot to be excited for in the past few years, and it’ll be interesting to see how he begins his legacy tonight at the Great American Ball Park. Hopefully Acuna can refresh this lineup as they look to turn things around following back-to-back losses against the league-worst Cincinnati Reds (5-18).
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