Overall, Acuna slashed.325/.374/.522 with 21 homers, 31 doubles, eight triples and 44 steals across three minor league levels in 2017 - and he did so all before turning 20 years of age this past December. In 40 games with Rome, Acuna slashed.311/.387/.432 with four home runs, 14 steals, and 27 runs scored. There was widespread speculation that Acuna may begin 2018 on the Braves Opening Day roster after a strong Spring Training.
The stats on Acuña's homer really got Braves fans excited - a 416 foot bomb with a 106 miles per hour exit velocity.
"He makes the club more athletic", Snitker said. The Braves are looking good at the plate, ranking fourth in the Majors with an average of 5.52 runs per game.
Cincinnati dropped to 5-20 for the first time in franchise history. Freddie Freeman added three doubles while Ender Inciarte, Ryan Flaherty and starting pitcher Sean Newcomb added base hits of their own to finish off the offense for Atlanta in the victory.
"It's been fun", said Newcomb, in his second big league season. "We have a lot of chemistry". Despite a slow start for Triple-A Gwinnett (.232/.321/.304 through 17 games), the Braves deemed him ready for the big leagues and they won't be wasting his talents on the bench. "Overswinging can at times cause strikeout problems, but Acuna has the natural hand-eye coordination to still make contact an impressive amount and has shown to be adept at adjusting during the season, during games, and during at bats".
Albies, who was 2-for-5 with three RBIs, gave Atlanta an insurance run with a run-scoring double in the ninth inning. He is still working to harness that power consistently in his swing, but the pitch recognition has returned that allowed him to be the most dominant player in the Arizona Fall League and in spring training. The Braves continue their road trip with a three-game set in Philadelphia that starts today. He led off the second inning Thursday with a home run five rows deep into the left-field upper deck against Homer Bailey, singled in the sixth and hit a tiebreaking double off Wandy Peralta (1-1) in the eighth. RHP Luis Castillo (1-3) is slated to open Friday when the Reds play at Minnesota's Target Field for the first time.