Ronald Acuña Jr. has been all the talk of the Braves over the offseason. After quickly moving up the farm system, many Braves fans (myself included) are excited to see him in an Atlanta Braves uniform.
Amidst all the talk, I think *most* of us were somewhat concerned when Ronald Acuña Jr. started off spring training 0-7. He has had so much hype associated with his name, we all expected him to come out swinging! But following that start, there were some questions: is he really that good? Or is he just another hyped up prospect who ends up being a Jeff Francouer (Frenchy, if you happen to be reading this, know that we all still love you)? He has since turned things around, batting 10-16 (.625) bringing his batting average up to .435 for the spring. Not too shabby for a 20-year-old, but still nothing compared to the great Nick Markakis (batting a whopping .600 so far this spring).
So how does he do it? What makes him so good? To be completely honest, I do not know. If anyone knew and could identify it, all of baseball would begin using the same techniques and strategies. Frankly, we do not understand the science behind what makes him so good. One thing we do know is that he adjusts, and adjusts quickly. In every level he has played in the Braves system, he has started off with a rough first couple of games. All of the sudden, a switch flips, and he starts hitting. And the craziest part of it all? He only has upside to him.
Perhaps the most impressive (and impressive sounding) hit for him came against a big name among major league pitchers. He hit this beauty off of Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka.
Just listen to it—over and over
Oh, and notice, that was a home run that went deep to right center—he’s a righty batter, in case anyone wondered what kind of power this kid possesses.
Speaking for Braves fans everywhere, we definitely look forward to watching him as we get into baseball season. The only question now: is he so good that they can’t refuse him an opening day roster spot?