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Aces in the off-season: Ronald Acuna
07/20/2017 9:38 PM ET
Ronald Acuna celebrates. (SMP Images). PHOTO : IAN KNIGHT SMP IMAGES
Ronald Acuna celebrates. (SMP Images). PHOTO : IAN KNIGHT SMP IMAGES (Ian Knight)

He was the hottest player in the first half of last season's ABL and this off-season, Ronald Acuna has announced himself to the baseball world.

Coming to the Aces as a much hyped 18-year-old, Acuna quickly became a fan favourite in the ABL with his explosive speed and power to all parts of the ballpark. His arrival and early performances were such that he was dubbed, "The Answer to Everything" and not just because he wore the number 42… There wasn't much that this kid couldn't do.  

In 20 games with the Aces, Acuna hit .375 with two HR, 13 RBIs and 13 SB including a straight steal of home against the Adelaide Bite

Since Acuna has left the Aces he's done nothing but make headlines back in the USA. 

In 57 games in AA ball, the Venezuelan phenom hit nine HR with 30 RBIs to go along with a .326 batting average and an impressive 19 stolen bases. His performances earning his a selection in the Futures Game and subsequent promotion to AAA baseball where, at just 19 years of age, Acuna currently sits as the youngest player on any AAA roster.

In the seven games since his call up to AAA Acuna has hit .222 with two home runs and five RBIs, taking his combined 2017 Minor League numbers to .306 with 14 HR, 54 RBIs and 33 SB in 92 games of baseball.

It's seems only a matter of time before this young man earns his call-up to the big leagues. 

Entering the 2017 season as an unranked prospect, Acuna was officially ranked as the #62 prospect back in June but is now being widely consider in baseball circles as a legitimate top-10 talent. 

We'd love to see him back in Melbourne this season and enquiries have been made but if you're the Braves, you'd have to think they'll want to put him on ice for the Australian Summer. 

Even if we never see him down under again, when we're sitting back watching MLBtv with friends in the future, we'll all be able to say, "I saw him play when…". 


This story was not subject to the approval of the Australian Baseball League or its clubs.