My 1st look at Ronald Acuna, CF, Rome

Ronald Acuna courtesy of
Ronald Acuna courtesy of

Hey guys, I took a run down to Fluor Field in Greenville last night to see the Drive take on the Rome Braves. It was the Drive’s 2016 home finale (there final 4 games are on the road in West Virginia) and my last chance to see Rome CF, Ronald Acuna  who was recently activated from a long DL stint.  It was also an opportunity to get another look at Touki Toussaint.  I’m glad I made it down.

Ronald Acuna, age 18, he’s listed 6′ 180 lbs, he bats and throws right.  Acuna was signed by the Braves out of Venezuela in July of 2014 for $100,000.

I guessed on the field Acuna was 6’1″ 190″.   He’s got some wiry strength to him and a projectable body.  He could carry another 10-15 lbs of muscle but that could cost him a step.

At the dish Acuna has an upright semi open stance.  He keeps his hands high and he remains pretty quiet pre pitch.  He utilizes a moderate leg kick for timing.  He’s got quick hands and a short fast linear swing.  The ball really jumps off of his bat.  It was just one look but as quick as he is to the ball he should have a high contact %. And with his bat speed and contact rates the hit could play as high as plus or perhaps even better.

Acuna has gap power right now but he’s strong and the ball really jumps off of his bat. I could see the game power approaching 45 or 10-14 HR’s in the next few years and 16-20 at peak. That’s with his current approach. If he starts putting more balls in the air those numbers could climb.

Acuna has plus speed, but needs to continue to hone his craft in terms of reading pitchers to max out the stolen base threat.

It was just one look and I didn’t get a very good read on the CF defense.  Sorry, he had a quiet night out there.

Here we get several great looks at Acuna’s swing courtesy of Chris Blessing (Baseball HQ)(on Twitter @C_Blessing)

Overall: I love his offensive game.  He’s going to hit and he’s got a nice power and speed combo.  He reminded me in many ways of Victor Robles  My 1st look at Victor Robles, CF, Hagerstown but not as fast and probably not as dynamic defensively.  He’ll be a fun player to watch develop.

Up next is a Touki Toussaint scouting report, that’ll land either tomorrow or Sunday.  Cheers

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