Ronald Acuna called up to Major League Baseball by Braves

Saturday, 28 Apr, 2018

"Overswinging can at times cause strikeout problems, but Acuna has the natural hand-eye coordination to still make contact an impressive amount and has shown to be adept at adjusting during the season, during games, and during at bats".

With AP Photos.Ronald Acuna Jr. and Ozzie Albies, the two youngest players in the major leagues, both homered and combined for five RBIs to lead Atlanta over the Cincinnati Reds 7-4 and give the Braves a split of the four-game series.

Acuna will hit sixth and start in left field tonight for the Braves. The Braves rallied with single runs in the eighth and ninth off Reds reliever Kevin Shackelford to win 5-4. He allowed three runs on three hits and two walks.

Acuna and 21-year-old second baseman Ozzie Albies are the two youngest players on Major League Baseball rosters as of April 25. By waiting until now to call up Acuna, the Braves pushed back his timetable for becoming a free agent until 2024.

The Philadelphia Phillies will host the Atlanta Braves as the NL East rivals kick off a three game series Friday night from Citizens Bank Park.

Acuna, 20, shot up through the minors last year, beginning the year in Single-A and finishing with the Triple-A Gwinnett Braves.

Many have visions of a Mike Trout-esque season from 2012 (.326 average, 30 home runs, 49 stolen bases).

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Neither starting pitcher figured in the decision. If he was smart - and a good person - however, he'd beeline for the Braves clubhouse entrance to give the ball to Acuña in exchange for some better merch that is not most notable for having Rob Manfred's name on it.

The winning pitcher was Sam Freeman (1-1), who threw 1 1/3 scoreless innings.

BC-BBN-Braves-Reds, 348Acuna, Albies homer as Braves win 7-4, drop Reds to 5-20AP Photo OHJM105, OHJM106, OHJM205, OHJM207Eds: APNewsNow.

Bailey will oppose Braves left-hander Sean Newcomb (1-1, 3.74 ERA), who will be making his fourth start of the season. "Your first home run in the big leagues is a once-in-a-lifetime moment".

"I just kind of react to the situation", Reds interim manager Jim Riggleman said.

Cincinnati's Brandon Finnegan pitched five innings and allowed three runs (two earned) on seven hits and one walk.