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The Atlanta Braves will reportedly promote outfielder Ronald Acuna from Triple-A on Wednesday, according to MLB.com’s Mark Bowman.
Acuna, 20, is the top-ranked prospect in the Braves’ organization and MLB.com’s No. 2 prospect overall.
Recalling Acuna now means the Braves will save a year of service time since he already spent the requisite two weeks in the minor leagues. As a result, they will gain an extra year of team control on his entry-level contract.
In spring training, the Venezuelan stud slashed .432/.519/.727 with four home runs and 11 RBI over 44 at-bats.
Those numbers dipped during his brief stay with the Triple-A Gwinnett Stripers at the start of the 2018 season. In 17 games, Acuna slashed .232/.321/.304 with one home run, two RBI and four stolen bases.
However, those figures represent the exception and not the norm considering he piled up 21 home runs, 82 RBI and 44 stolen bases while batting .325 at three different levels of the minor league system a year ago.
Now headed to the majors, Acuna projects as an immediate dose of instant offense for a club that entered Tuesday ranked first among all National League clubs in runs scored and batting average.