Braves' Ronald Acuna Jr. gives outfielder Cristian Pache (right) and Brett Cumberland (left) high fives at home plate after Pache hit a 2-run homer off pitcher Sean Newcomb. Curtis Compton/
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Braves Triple-A manager compares Ronald Acuna to Alex Rodriguez

Add another name to the ever-growing list of Ronald Acuna comparisons. The Braves’ - and baseball’s - consensus top prospect has been compared to Roberto Clemente and Andruw Jones, among others, without playing a major-league game. 

Speaking with the media Wednesday, Gwinnett Stripers manager Damon Berryhill was asked if Acuna reminded him of any player he saw during his own playing career. Berryhill played from 1987-1997. 

“The only one I can really think about is kind of an Alex Rodriguez,” Berryhill said. “That same age, I saw Alex when he came up with Seattle at 19 and the composure he had, the swing, the maturity at that young age. That’s kind of what reminds me of Ronald.”

High praise for Acuna, who could join the Braves as early as April 14, when the team would be ensured an additional year of contractual control if it waited to promote him.

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