The 21-year-old has a chance at reaching the 30-30 mark. Only three Braves have achieved such: Ron Gant (1990, 1991), Dale Murphy (1983) and Hank Aaron (1963).
Acuna credited first-base coach Eric Young Sr. for his breakout success. Since Young joined the Braves before last season, players consistently refer to him as a catalyst for their advanced base-running.
“Ever since I joined this organization, he’s always been influencing me and helping me develop in my base stealing,” Acuna said. “He deserves a lot of credit. I’m very grateful for him.”
And as Acuna spreads the ball around the field, exhibits developing patience and continues menacing on the base paths, his game will grow that much more complete. The five-tool potential already is being realized.