Ronald Acuña is a Venezuelan-born professional baseball player who made his Major League Baseball (MLB) debut in 2018 and played as an outfielder for the Atlanta Braves. The young Venezuelan has come a long way with the Braves. He signed a $100,000 contract with the franchise in 2014 as an international freelance player and played in a number of smaller leagues before finally advancing to the Major League in April 2018.
And he set the record as the youngest player to play in a Major League match in the 2018 season, surpassing his team-mate Ozzie Albies – who is currently the only other player born in 1997 (7 January).
Here are more fascinating and exciting facts about this young and promising player.
Ronald was born on December 18, 1997, as Ronald José Acuña Blanco Jr. as the son of Leonelis Blanco and Ronald Acuña. He comes from a family of baseball players, so it would not be inappropriate to say that the game is in his blood.
As a young man, his grandfather Romualdo Blanco played in the Minors. The right-handed pitcher scored an ERA of 4.58 in six Minor League seasons. Acuña’s father Ronald Acuna Sr. was so good at the game that he stole more than 30 bases in three seasons, scored .282 in eight years, and was also a Mets contender.
His uncle Jose Escobar is a former MLB shortstop and right-hander who played for the Cleveland Indians in the early 1990s. His cousins are also not left out in the game, which takes place in their lineage. Alcides Escobar is one of his cousins and plays as a shortstop for the Kansas City Royals. His other cousins in the game include former Major League pitcher Edwin Escobar, Kelvi.m Escobar (former pitcher for the Angels and Blue Jays), and Vicente Campos, who reached the majors in 2016 and is currently in the Angels’ farm system.
To collect the list, Ronald Acuña’s younger brother Luisangel Acuna is also a baseball player who missed the list of the MLB pipeline’s Top 30 International Prospects, but he is entitled to sign with a Major League club when the international signature period begins.
Ronald began his career as a player in the smaller leagues after being signed by the Atlanta Braves as an international free agent in July 2014. He made his debut in 2015, and with the Gulf Coast Braves he moved up to Danville Braves later this season – where he beat .269 in 55 games with four home runs, 18 RBIs, and 16 stolen bases.
The next season he moved to the Australian Baseball League, where he played for the Melbourne Aces and was soon named ABL All-Star. In 2017, he made his debut at Grapefruit League games. Acuña also played for the Florida Fire Frogs in the Class A-Advanced Florida State League, the Mississippi Braves in the Class AA Southern League, the Gwinnett Braves in the Class AAA International League, the Peoria Javelinas, an Arizona Fall League – a total of 23 games in the AFL he played, he scored. 325/.414/.639, with seven home runs and emerged victorious in the League Championship, claiming the MVP honors of the League. He also became the youngest and most valuable player in the AFL this season.
In 2017, the Venezuelan player beat .325 with 21 homers, 82 RBIs, and 44 stolen bases in three sub-league levels in the Braves system. He was the only player in baseball at the time with scores of 60 or higher in all five divisions – 60 hits, 70 runs, 60 arms, 65 power, and 60 fielding.
In 2018, the Venezuelan was ranked by Baseball America as the No. 1 Major League Baseball player for the season, he also made the MLB.com list, Ronald finished second behind Japanese two-way player Shohei Ohtani. In April 2018, he moved up to the Major League and became the youngest player in the MLB.
Acuña made his Major League debut on 25 April 2018 in a game against the Cincinnati Reds and recorded his first career hit against Kevin Shackelford. He played his first home game in the Major League the following day in another game against the Reds, this time against Homer Bailey.
Ronald Acuña’s Career Stats
|Year||Team||GP||AB||R||H||RBI||BB||SO HR AVG|
|2018||Braves||29||117||19||31||13||10||37 5 .265|
|Career Total||29||117||19||31||13||10||37 5 .265|
Height And Body Measurements
The player, nicknamed El Abusador by Starling Marte, stands at 6 feet (1.83 m) and weighs 82 kg. Information about his other body measurements is not available online.