Acuna, baseball's top prospect not named Shohei Ohtani, has been called up and will make his MLB debut tonight in Cincinnati.
The Atlanta Braves sent star outfield prospect Ronald Acuna, Jr.to AAA Gwinnett to close spring training, and the disdain among the Atlanta Braves fan base was palpable. He went 1/5 in his debut, and on Thursday, Acuña made his presence known in Cincinnati with a ridiculous upper deck home run off of Homer Bailey, which landed in the fourth or fifth row at Great American Ballpark. In all the history of the game, 66 rookies have hit 10 home runs and stolen 20 bases in their rookie season.
Dye set that mark in 25 games, and Albies could have played in as many as 29, but the horrendous month of weather that has cost Major League Baseball a total of 26 games led to the postponement of two Braves games (April 15 vs. the Cubs and 22nd vs. the Mets). The Braves likely stashed him at Triple A for as long as they did for service-time purposes, so Acuna will now be eligible for free agency after the 2024 season instead of 2023.
Atlanta is 4-1 in Teheran's last 5 division starts and 9-2 in their last 11 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 games overall. Acuna then scored an insurance run when Dansby Swanson singled to left. It was the third consecutive start in which Newcomb has not received a decision. Acuna was greeted in the dugout by the traditional silent treatment and walked nearly the entire length of the dugout, exchanging phantom high-fives, before his teammates pounced to celebrate.
BC-BBN-Braves-Reds, 348Acuna, Albies homer as Braves win 7-4, drop Reds to 5-20AP Photo OHJM105, OHJM106, OHJM205, OHJM207Eds: APNewsNow.
Cincinnati's Brandon Finnegan pitched five innings and allowed three runs (two earned) on seven hits and one walk. I think the safer play is to take the under, rather than trying to figure out who will win this pitchers' duel. "I don't have any particular thoughts to it".