Who is Ronald Acuña Jr.?
Ronald José Acuna Blanco Jr. is a Venezuelan Major League Baseball outfielder for the Atlanta Braves. In 2018, he made his MLB debut and was named Rookie of the Year in the National League.
In July 2014, Acuna signed as an international free agent with the Atlanta Braves for $100,000.
In 2015, he made his professional debut with the Gulf Coast Braves before being promoted to the Danville Braves later that year.
Between the two teams, he batted in 55 games. With four home runs, 18 RBIs, and 16 stolen bases, he batted .269 with four home runs, 18 RBIs, and 16 stolen bases.
Due to an injury, he only played in 42 games with the Gulf Coast Braves and Rome Braves in 2016, batting .312/.392/.429 with four home runs and 19 RBIs.
He played with the Melbourne Aces of the Australian Baseball League after the season and was named an ABL All-Star.
As an additional player originally assigned to minor league camp, Acuna made his first appearances in Grapefruit League games at the start of the 2017 season.
He began the season with the Class A-Advanced Florida State League’s Florida Fire Frogs before being promoted to the Class AA Southern League’s Mississippi Braves.
In July, Acuna was picked to the All-Star Futures Game roster, and he was one of three World Team members to play the entire game.
Following the All-Star break, he reported to the Gwinnett Braves of the Class AAA International League, where he made his International League debut against the Charlotte Knights, hitting an opposite-field home run in his second at-bat.
Acuna hit .325/.374/.522 with 21 home runs, 82 RBIs, and 44 stolen bases in 139 games this season.
Acuna was invited to join the Arizona Fall League and assigned to the Peoria Javelinas after the 2017 minor league regular season ended.
He hit .325/.414/.639 with seven home runs in 23 games for the AFL, winning the league championship and earning league MVP honors, making him the league’s youngest most valuable player.
How Old Is Ronald Acuña Jr.?
Ronald Acuña Jr. was born on December 18, 1997