On Friday we analyzed the Braves bevy of pitching prospects and came away encouraged. The news on the team’s next wave of everyday players is more of a mixed bag.
Ronald Acuna, promoted to Mississippi today, was hitting .287 at High-A Florida with a .814 OPS, 3 HR, 19 RBI and and 14 SB. Teammate Alex Jackson, acquired from Seattle, has 10 HR, 27 RBI and a .295 BA. Austin Riley has 7 HR, 25 RBI and a .290 BA. Very encouraging.
But a deeper dive spots a more troubling trend. Acuna has struck out 40 times in 28 games against just 8 walks. Riley and Jackson have struck out 34 times each and walked just 12 times collectively. Very troubling.
For Ozzie Albies and Gwinnett teammate Rio Ruiz, the numbers are bad all around. Albies is batting .252 with an Adonis-like .282 OBP. He’s drawn only six walks against 30 strikeouts. Ruix has a .289 OBP with 29 Ks. He has been hitting much better after a slow start, homering four times with a .238 BA. Again, very Adonis-like.
On to the parent club, which starts a two-game series with its worst starter facing one of the league’s best offenses. Newly acquired Danny Santana, who hit .319 with 20 SB as a rookie in 2014 but has done little since, gets the start in LF, with Kemp DH’ing. Santana can play SS and the OF, seemingly canceling out the need for Bonifacio, but Emilio proves resilient. Lane Adams was demoted instead.
At least Adonis isn’t batting second.