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Birth Date12-18-1997
Height6' 0"
Weight205 lbs
Age25 years, 9 months, 3 days
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

2018 ATL 20 111 487 127 26 4 26 45 123 6 16 5 .293 .366 .552 137 23.2 3.1 -9.5 2.9
2019 ATL 21 156 715 175 22 2 41 76 188 9 37 9 .280 .365 .518 129 30.7 8.6 2.7 6.1

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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2015 BRA Rk GCL 37 157 .234 .305 .328 .292 118 1.9 4.8 0.1 146 0 -1.4 1.1 0.9 0.5
2015 DNV Rk APP 18 80 .263 .334 .376 .388 98 5.3 2.4 -0.2 136 0 -2.6 1.2 0.4 0.1
2016 ROM A SAL 40 171 .260 .317 .378 .359 103 9.5 4.5 -0.1 139 0 1.0 2.9 3.4 1.3
2016 BRA Rk GCL 2 8 .231 .319 .313 .400 94 0.8 0.2 -0.1 129 0 -0.3 0.0 -0.1 0.0
2016 MEL Wnt ABL 20 83 .000 .000 .000 .431 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2017 BRV A+ FSL 28 126 .255 .325 .374 .411 104 3.2 3.5 -0.2 111 0 -1.7 1.2 1.2 0.4
2017 MIS AA SOU 57 243 .242 .312 .371 .396 97 14.3 6.6 -0.6 153 0 -2.2 0.6 12.2 1.8
2017 GWN AAA INT 54 243 .251 .318 .391 .404 98 11.2 7.2 -1.3 161 0 4.8 0.0 15.1 2.5
2017 PER Wnt AFL 23 99 .000 .000 .000 .357 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2018 ATL MLB NL 111 487 .246 .314 .402 .352 93 34.8 13.7 -3 137 8 -9.5 3.1 23.2 2.9
2018 GWN AAA INT 23 101 .252 .315 .400 .281 96 -5.4 3.0 -0.7 74 0 -4.1 1.0 -2.5 -0.3
2019 ATL MLB NL 156 715 .250 .320 .430 .337 101 31.9 21.5 -1.1 129 5 2.7 8.6 30.7 6.1

Statistics For All Levels

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2015 BRA Rk GCL 157 132 31 34 9 2 3 56 11 18 23 11 3 .258 .376 .424 .167 0 0
2015 DNV Rk APP 80 69 10 20 5 2 1 32 7 10 19 5 1 .290 .388 .464 .174 0 0
2016 BRA Rk GCL 8 6 1 2 0 0 0 2 1 1 1 0 0 .333 .500 .333 .000 0 0
2016 MEL Wnt ABL 83 72 15 27 5 1 2 40 13 10 13 13 3 .375 .446 .556 .181 1 0
2016 ROM A SAL 171 148 27 46 2 2 4 64 18 18 28 14 7 .311 .387 .432 .122 1 3
2017 GWN AAA INT 243 221 38 76 14 2 9 121 33 17 48 11 6 .344 .393 .548 .204 2 1
2017 MIS AA SOU 243 221 29 72 14 1 9 115 30 18 56 19 11 .326 .374 .520 .195 3 0
2017 BRV A+ FSL 126 115 21 33 3 5 3 55 19 8 40 14 3 .287 .336 .478 .191 1 1
2017 PER Wnt AFL 99 83 22 27 5 0 7 53 16 12 22 2 1 .325 .414 .639 .313 2 0
2018 GWN AAA INT 101 90 9 19 2 0 1 24 3 11 25 5 1 .211 .297 .267 .056 0 0
2018 ATL MLB NL 487 433 78 127 26 4 26 239 64 45 123 16 5 .293 .366 .552 .259 3 0
2019 ATL MLB NL 715 626 127 175 22 2 41 324 101 76 188 37 9 .280 .365 .518 .238 1 0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2018 1985 0.4690 0.4599 0.7327 0.6853 0.2609 0.7962 0.5855 0.2673 0.0000
2019 3041 0.4725 0.4545 0.7236 0.6771 0.2550 0.7760 0.5990 0.2764 0.0000

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation


Year Team Salary
2027 ATL $10,000,000
2026 ATL $17,000,000
2025 ATL $17,000,000
2024 ATL $17,000,000
2023 ATL $17,000,000
2022 ATL $15,000,000
2021 ATL $5,000,000
2020 ATL $1,000,000
2019 ATL $1,000,000
2018 ATL $
4 yrPrevious$22,000,000
5 yrPvs + Cur$39,000,000
4 yrFuture$61,000,000
9 yrTotal$100,000,000


Service TimeAgentContract Status
4 y 159 dRep 18 years/$100M (2019-26), 2027-28 options

  • 8 years/$100M (2019-26), plus 2027-28 club options. 19:$1M, 20:$1M, 21:$5M, 22:$15M, 23:$17M, 24:$17M, 25:$17M, 26:$17M, 27:$17M club option ($10M buyout). 28:$17M club option ($10M buyout). Largest-ever contract for a player under club control with less than 1 year of Major League service.
  • 1 year (2018). Contract selected by Atlanta 4/25/18.
  • Signed by Atlanta 7/2/14 as an amateur free agent from Venezuela. $100,000 signing bonus.

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

90o 46 12 2 0 2 4 10 2 1 .293 .370 .488 138 4.5 CF 0, RF 0 0.0
80o 31 8 2 0 1 3 7 1 1 .286 .355 .464 132 2.7 CF 0, RF 0 0.0
70o 21 5 1 0 1 2 5 1 0 .278 .350 .500 128 1.7 CF 0, RF 0 0.0
60o 12 3 1 0 0 1 3 0 0 .300 .364 .400 124 0.9 CF 0, RF 0 0.0
50o 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000 121 0.2 CF 0, RF 0 0.0
Weighted Mean410000100.333.333.3331210.2CF 0, RF 00.0

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BP Chats

2020-04-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)Why are we not seeing as much of an impact for international pitchers? A bunch in the pen, but seems like less starters. Thanks and stay safe!
(coffeeguy8806 from Chicagoooo)
Thanks! Hope you're staying safe as well.

This is an interesting observation. Part of the reason less international pitchers stand out is simply because the market share of international players is smaller. Players like Ronald Acuna and Juan Soto obviously stand out in a big way, and we do not see any international arms of that caliber. However, we do still have plenty of excellent international talent, including Luis Severino, Luis Castillo, Eduardo Rodriguez, Julio Urias, etc. Not to mention the Asian imports like Shohei Ohtani and Yu Darvish. Plus, there are plenty of high-end SP prospects are internationals, including Luis Patino, Sixto Sanchez, and Deivi Garcia. Of course, there are less elite

I do wonder if teams are more reluctant to dole out hefty bonuses to 16-year-old pitchers, which may force many prospective pitchers to try to make it as hitters. Pitching also has a heavy burnout rate and big workloads beginning at 16 can take a toll. Hard to say. (Jesse Roche)
2020-02-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)What is your strategy for trading picks in a dynasty startup snake draft? The #4 and #8 overall picks are on the block. Would you be looking to trade multiple picks to get more first rounders or would you prefer the ability to get more selections in the 2-5 rounds. I’m pick #5 (if that’s any help)
(MK from Houston)
MK also noted this is for a 12-team OBP roto league.

If you have the opportunity, I would try to acquire high-end picks, especially the 4th overall pick, which should be one of Mike Trout, Ronald Acuna, Juan Soto, or Christian Yelich/Cody Bellinger. I do not love the idea of sacrificing picks, but you can do a 2-for-2 in a trade up. In 12-team leagues in particular, the top talent has even more value because replacement level is higher than for larger leagues. Of course, it does depend on your overall dynasty startup strategy. If you are employing the tanking and prospecting strategy, then you should trade down and accumulate later picks to scoop prospects. For the rest, it is almost always in your interest to trade up. An offer of 2.20 and 3.29 for 1.4 and 5.53 would be a fantastic trade. (Jesse Roche)
2020-01-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)In my long running dynasty league, I've gotten several offers already this offseason for Alexander Canario. Whenever this happens, I usually take it to mean I should hold. The last time I remember getting bombarded about a lesser known prospect during the offseason, it was the year before Ronald Acuna blew up. I'm not suggesting Canario is Acuna but is he right at that tipping point of prospect-dom or something?
(Chris from Tempe)
So, I suspect there's going to be opportunities to sell high on guys who post big complex league stats generally. Canario isn't an Acuna level prospect, and Acuna had full-season at bats (And a top 50 ranking from us) before he blew up. Canario isn't at that level yet. I guess it depends on the deal here, but his value might never be higher. I would suspect you aren't going to get such a good deal that it isn't worth holding for another year though. But as I said earlier, not a fantasy guy. (San Francisco Giants Top 10 Chat)
2019-08-28 12:00:00 (link to chat)Is Alexander Mojica is the next Marco Luciano, who was last years Wander Franco, who was the previous years Juan Soto, who was the years before that Ronald Acuna?
(Jon from NY)
Believe it's Jeferson Espinal actually. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2019-08-23 15:30:00 (link to chat)I guess we have been spoiled but some recent guys who have lit the majors on fire like Ronald Acuna and Juan Soto but what do you make of Victor Robles' first year? Does he still have the ceiling we originally thought he had?
(Daniel from Chicago)
I think it's still there, yeah. I was at a Nats game recently and I still see all the potential, and I think he can get there. It might just be more of a slow burn. (Craig Goldstein)
2019-07-22 15:00:00 (link to chat)I LOVE Ronald Acuna, Jr. Do I trade him for Walker Buehler, Gerrit Cole, Javy Baez, and this other team's 1st round pick (would be 2nd overall currently). I'm currently in 1st, its a keep 12 forever league. I think I can win without this deal but doing it would all but wrap it up for me. Pull the trigger and give up my beloved?
(This guy from Over Here)
He's such a fun guy to own but this is a massive haul even without the consideration of it pushing you over the edge in the league. You're getting two aces, another mesmerizing player in Baez, AND a great pick. This is too much value to turn down, even for someone like Acuna. (Darius Austin)
2019-05-31 13:00:00 (link to chat)In a dynasty league, what players would you consider trading Ronald Acuna for straight up?
(Kent Brockman from Channel 6, Springfield)
Maybe two? Mike Trout and Mookie Betts. (J.P. Breen)
2018-09-10 14:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Darius. I'm new to playing dynasty baseball and prospects aren't really my thing. I just joined a league and was almost immediately offered Giancarlo Stanton and Bryce Harper for Drew Waters. That seems crazy to me. What am I missing? Should I accept? I'm afraid Waters might be the next Ronald Acuna and don't want to trade that away for anything.
(Jessica from Colorado)
You should hit accept before you finish reading this answer. Waters is an exciting prospect with a ton of tools who could be a star in the majors, and even if that happens it would be an incredible outcome if he can produce like either Stanton or Harper. Getting both of them is ludicrous, and I would expect your other leaguemates to complain vociferously. (Darius Austin)
2018-06-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Jo Adell the next Ronald Acuna?
(Chad from CALI)
OK, true story. When Acua first got called up, I tried to convince somebody that there should be a tilde above the n. It doesn't show up that way here or at a lot of websites. Has to do with the limitations of various editors and search engines. But trust me, it's spelled A-c-u-n with a squiggly line above it-a. Anyway, I couldn't convince the person. Eventually, somebody else was able to do it. But I couldn't. Point is: I am so hopeless about prospects that I couldn't even get somebody to spell the guy's name right. Anyway, Chad, that is a fantastic question to ask my pal Jeffrey Paternostro during his chat at 1 PM EDT tomorrow. Here's a link so you can submit the question to him: (Rob Mains)
2018-06-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)We had Juan Soto who was last years Ronald Acuna, who was the previous years Victor Robles. Who is the next meteoric riser this year?
(Gary from Tampa)
It's pretty clearly Jo Adell. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2018-05-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)Taylor Trammell the next Ronald Acuna? Or another player that could be in that mold?
(Mike from Chicago)
That's a bit bold, in my opinion. Acuna is real special. (Anthony Rescan)
2018-05-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Jo Adell this year's Ronald Acuna? If not him is it someone else?
(Tom from Detroit )
It's mean to compare anyone to Ronald Acuna. Jo Adell is great! He's got every tool in the world, he's hitting very well, and he's young. But Acuna played at three levels last season, all of them higher than Adell's current run in Single-A. He *improved* at each level he hit at. That's just not something that happens very often. Acuna jumped from 31 to 1 on our Top 101, and of course it's possible to say that Adell could do that. But if you *expect* it, you're kidding yourself.

If not him, which mid-101 guy shoots to the top of the list overall, or to that OFP-80 level? Juan Soto's the only guy who seems close, and he doesn't / didn't have Acuna's overall conglomeration of skills and tools ... plus he was a higher-ranked prospect. (Bryan Grosnick)
2018-02-06 15:00:00 (link to chat)After selling at the deadline last season, I have a lot of keeper options to sort through. I am in a standard 12-team mixed-league 5x5 roto league with a $260 budget, but we use OBP instead of AVG and SV + 1/2 H instead of just saves. We can keep 5 MLB players; the first year without a price increase, in subsequent years price goes up $10 each year. We can also keep one minor leaguer (I have both Mejia and Acuna and could burn an MLB slot on one of them if I want) I have the following possible keepers: Nomar Mazara $11 Justin Turner $9 Gio Gonzalez $4 Jerad Eickhoff $2 Jon Gray $2 Julio Teheran $2 Orlando Arcia $2 Joey Gallo $1 Rafael Devers $1 Rhys Hoskins $1 Travis Shaw $1 Francisco Mejia $1 Ronald Acuna $1 Which 6 would you keep?
(bmmcmahon from Los Angeles)
As much as I think he's the safest bet here, I'm tempted to throw back Turner just based the on the savings and your quantity of $1 options. I'll say Turner, Gallo, Devers, Hoskins, Shaw, Acuna, but I wouldn't blame you for saving the money on Turner and keeping Gray instead. (Darius Austin)
2018-01-31 14:00:00 (link to chat)Which rookies will have the most impact this season?
(Buddy from Peoria, IL)
Would it be cheating to say Shohei Ohtani? Or Ronald Acuna? If so, I think we'll hear from Alex Reyes, Willie Calhoun, and Lewis Brinson for sure. I kind of like Jesse Winker too. Also, Jake Bauers might be a good under-the-radar guy we didn't expect much from, but comes up to do damage. (Mark Barry)
2017-11-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thoughts on Twins prospect Akil Baddoo? Only 18 last year and his rookie ball numbers were even more impressive than Ronald Acuna's. Don't scout the stat line, sure, but reports have been impressive. Is he going to shoot up ranks?
(Squids from Out West)
He's a legit breakout candidate, yeah. Less likely to stick in center a year ago, but if the power projection comes it won't really matter. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2017-11-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)Has anyone done anything in the AFL to change their outlook a decent amount? I know many preach that they don't give much weight to AFL performance...and then those same people rank Gleyber Torres #1 after what he did in 2016.
(Marvin from FLA)
I don't really put much stock in Fall Ball past seeing if guys are healthy (Albert Abreu for example). Wide variety of competition level, pitchers are gassed, run environment akin to the surface of the moon. If you need the league to tell you Ronald Acuna, Estevan Florial, and Justus Sheffield are really good prospects, I wonder what you were doing all Summer (and in some cases, in 2016). (Jeffrey Paternostro)
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:

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: (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 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)

Soto, Acuna, Lewis, Moniak


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? (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) 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:

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:

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!

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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