Braves: Ronald Acuna youngest to win Arizona Fall League MVP

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Braves: Ronald Acuna youngest to win Arizona Fall League MVP

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Center fielder Ronald Acuna (24) of the Rome Braves bats in a game against the Greenville Drive on Wednesday, August 31, 2016, at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, South Carolina. Rome won, 9-1. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images via AP Images)

Braves phenom outfield prospect Ronald Acuna has been named Arizona Fall League MVP. At 19-years-old, he’s the youngest player to win the honor.

Acuna slashed .329/.414/.639 and led the league with seven homers and 22 runs scored in 23 games for Peoria. He also led the league with 12 extra base hits and 53 total bases.

Now the consensus top prospect in the Braves system and arguably the best overall, Acuna hit .325 with 21 homers and 44 steals across three minor league levels. He won several postseason honors, including Baseball America’s player of the year and the organization’s player of the year.

Acuna was the youngest player in Triple-A, and would presumably be the youngest player in the majors next season if he starts on opening day, as expected. He told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution before the conclusion of the season that his goal was to start opening day.

 

 

 

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