You can easily make a case that Ronald Acuna is the best prospect in baseball entering the 2018 season, with the Atlanta Braves outfielder knocking loudly on the door to the big leagues fresh off a monster 2017 that saw him jump three levels, prove himself in the Arizona Fall League, and flash plus tools across the board all year. Running through High-A Florida, Double-A Mississippi, and Triple-A Gwinnett during the year, Acuna played in 139 games, getting 557 at-bats and slashing .325/.374/.522/.896 with 31 doubles, 21 home runs, 44 stolen bases, 43 walks, and 144 strikeouts. Then, in 23 AFL games with the Peoria Javelinas, Ronald Acuna slashed .325/.414/.639/1.053 with another five doubles and seven home runs in 83 at-bats, earning the 2017 Arizona Fall League MVP Award in the process.
A legitimate five-tool player who has the potential to be a big league superstar beginning in 2018 despite being just 19 years old (DOB: December 18, 1997), Ronald Acuna is the crown jewel down on the farm for the Atlanta Braves and figures to have a long, successful career in The Show. After seeing him extensively both during the regular season and at the Arizona Fall League throughout the last seven months, Baseball Census has a full Ronald Acuna scouting report below, with tool grades, four extensive game videos, and a (very) high projection for his future.
Ronald Acuna Scouting Report, Atlanta Braves — 2017
Dates observed in 2017: July 16-19; Arizona Fall League
Ronald Acuna Scouting Report, Atlanta Braves — 2017 Game Video
Ronald Acuna Scouting Report — Notes, Analysis, &Projection
The projection is pretty simple on Ronald Acuna: he’s got a shot to be a star in the big leagues, and even if he falls short, there are ample tools here with athleticism and execution to turn himself into a solid big leaguer at floor. As I mentioned when I profiled similar Washington Nationals outfielder Victor Robles last week in his own full scouting report here, I like Acuna better than Robles as a prospect, with a bit more risk through his development but also a significantly higher ceiling as a potential future superstar with the Atlanta Braves. The next couple years won’t be as easy for the outfielder as 2017 was across three minor leagues levels and the AFL, and he’ll get exposed by big league pitching for a while as he adjusts to The Show, but Ronald Acuna has all the tools in the world with a ton of athleticism and the ability to actualize that combination in time. That makes him a potential future All-Star with true five-tool potential as he grows. No matter what, he’ll be exciting to watch over the next few seasons.
Overall Future Potential (Future Value): Young with major adjustments ahead, but clear everyday outfield candidate with superstar potential; likely future All-Star with ability to soon be one of the best 25-30 players in the game (65)
MLB ETA: 2018
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