6-0, 180 lbs
Acquired: Signed as international free agent, 2014
2016 salary: minor league deal
Team control: 5 seasons MiLB (through 2021), 6 seasons MLB
Combined WAR: (no MLB debut)
The Outfield Fly Ruling
Ronald Acuna has been rocketing up prospect lists for some time now, as he’s one of Atlanta’s most exciting position players. He’s far from a finished product, but everything has looked good so far, and most recently he dominated the Australian Winter League to the tune of a .375/.446/.556 line. He’s a 5-tool prospect, and while there are questions as to whether all 5 will fully develop, there’s plenty of reason for excitement so far. He’s one of the more talented prospects in the game. (-B. Blackwell, ’16-’17 offseason)
The OFR Scouting Report
For a breakdown of Acuna’s tools and talent, check out OFR’s Andy Harris, who wrote about Acuna in his “Get To Know A Prospect” series.
Hit: 30 ↑↑↑↑
Acuna is still pretty raw, only 18 years old at the beginning of the 2016 season, so the hit tool is not developed yet, but the early indicators have been very positive. Relatively low K rates combined with double digit walk rates indicate some real potential here, especially for a teenager. Down the road, Acuna could be a .280+ hitter with .340+ OBP potential. He also could wind up in the .240-.260 range. Welcome to prospectin’.
Power: 45 ↑
Acuna already has some decent gap power, and the upside is there for real plus power. A more realistic future has him with roughly average power, which is still good for ~15 home runs a year.
Baserunning: 55 ↔
Acuna went 27 for 37 stealing bases last year across a couple of levels, which isn’t terrible, but it’s not optimal either. He’s very fast, but fast doesn’t always translate to efficient baserunning. That said, he is and should remain above average in the department.
Acuna’s defense doesn’t get a lot of attention, but it isn’t bad, and his athleticism gives him the potential for improvement. He can handle himself in both CF or RF, but probably won’t win awards in either.
20-80 scale, where 20 will prevent you from reaching the bigs, 30 is terrible, 40 is below average, 50 is MLB average, 60 is plus, 70 is plus-plus, and 80 is HOF-level. The OFR Scouting Report is based mostly on statistical forecasting models such as ZiPs, PECOTA, etc. Arrows indicate projected room for growth or decline, with each representing a 5 point movement on the 20-80 scale.
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