One of the most hyped prospects in baseball will soon be making his debut for Atlanta.
The Braves are calling up one of the top prospects in baseball. Twenty-year-old outfielder Ronald Acuña will join the major league club Wednesday, according to MLB.com's Mark Bowman.
Source confirms Acuna has been informed he's being called up for the Braves. The plan is for him to join the team tomorrow.— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) April 25, 2018
Daniel Álvarez Montes of EVTV Miami first reported the news Tuesday evening.
Acuña—the No. 2 prospect in baseball according to MLB Pipeline—looked ready big league action after posting a ridiculous .432/.519/.727 slash line during spring training. The Braves likely stashed him at Triple A for as long as they did for service-time purposes, so Acuña will now be eligible for free agency after the 2024 season instead of 2023.
It's worth noting the young outfielder struggled in 16 minor league games this season, hitting just .215 with one home run and two RBIs. But this was likely Atlanta's play all along, for Acuña to bide his time in the minors (no matter his numbers) until he could be added to the major league roster with an extra season (2024) of organizational control.
With the Braves in the midst of a 10-game road trip, the soonest Atlanta fans can see their new prized possession at home is Friday, May 4 against the Giants.