Report: Top Prospect Ronald Acuna Jr. Recalled from Triple-A by Braves

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistApril 25, 2018

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL - MARCH 13: Ronald Acuna #82 of the Atlanta Braves in action during the spring training game between the Atlanta Braves and the Toronto Blue Jays at Champion Stadium on March 13, 2018 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Photo by B51/Mark Brown/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Ronald Acuna
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The Atlanta Braves will reportedly promote outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. 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 stint 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 slashed .432/.519/.727 with four home runs, 11 RBI and four steals 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 steals over 69 at-bats.

However, those figures represent the exception and not the norm considering he piled up 21 home runs, 82 RBI and 44 steals while slashing .325/.374/.522 at three different levels of the minor leagues a year ago.

Now headed to the majors, Acuna projects as a dose of instant offense for a club that already ranked first in the National League in runs and second in batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage.

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