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Acuna - Has He Improved

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Just now, tl;dr said:

I definitely think he has. I think his defense has gotten much better over the course of this year. 

He's just scratching the surface though. 

His defense for sure.

His batting at the HR derby was so impressive. Going opposite field and not trying to hit the ball any further than his natural swing allowed.  I see him as a #3 hitter in the lineup who should go .325 with 40 HR’s, 100 RBI’s & 30 SB’s every year.

I do want him out of leadoff next year, though.

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Yes he has improved. He's hitting the ball harder more often while walking more and striking out less.

  • 2018 - 13.4 Barrel%, 90.8 Exit Velocity, 46.6 Hard Hit%, 25.3 K%, 9.2 BB%
  • 2019 - 14.1 Barrel%, 90.8 Exit Velocity, 47.0 Hard Hit%, 23.7 K%, 10.2 BB%

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8 hours ago, Falconsfan567 said:

Yes he has improved. He's hitting the ball harder more often while walking more and striking out less.

  • 2018 - 13.4 Barrel%, 90.8 Exit Velocity, 46.6 Hard Hit%, 25.3 K%, 9.2 BB%
  • 2019 - 14.1 Barrel%, 90.8 Exit Velocity, 47.0 Hard Hit%, 23.7 K%, 10.2 BB%

Nice advanced metrics.  You sure know your baseball.

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Not only has his bat to ball improved, but his strikeouts are down a bit and walks are up. His understanding of what they are trying to do to him is getting better. When they used to brush him back, you would see it bother him. That is also getting better. The other thing, he has not yet gone on a tear like he did a few times last year. Wait until he does that over the next 50 games. 

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3 hours ago, JDFIII said:

Not only has his bat to ball improved, but his strikeouts are down a bit and walks are up. His understanding of what they are trying to do to him is getting better. When they used to brush him back, you would see it bother him. That is also getting better. The other thing, he has not yet gone on a tear like he did a few times last year. Wait until he does that over the next 50 games. 

He had an AB the other day that showed just how far he's come in knowing what pitchers are trying to do for him. He spit on 3 straight fastballs because he was sitting slider and when he got the slider he crushed it to CF for a homerun.

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51 minutes ago, g-dawg said:

Acuna is so much better this year that I cannot believe the question was even asked.

I don’t get to watch much living in Florida.  So I am just curious what the people who watch most of the games think.

If he has a streak like he did to end last year, his numbers will be top-3 MVP worthy

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4 hours ago, FalconsIn2020 said:

I don’t get to watch much living in Florida.  So I am just curious what the people who watch most of the games think.

If he has a streak like he did to end last year, his numbers will be top-3 MVP worthy

Acuna was phenomenal last year but he has shown a more patient approach at the plate this year and is maturing as a hitter.   Great fielder as well, but also better this year.

Acuna was uber talented at age 20 but will only get better with age.

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He is going to get 30/30 barring injury. 40/40 isn't out of the question, but he needs to get more steals naow!!!

For real though, I love this kid. There is honestly not one player in baseball I would trade him for. When you combine age, years of control, and talent, I don't really know who out there is a better bet than him. 

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34 minutes ago, tl;dr said:

He is going to get 30/30 barring injury. 40/40 isn't out of the question, but he needs to get more steals naow!!!

For real though, I love this kid. There is honestly not one player in baseball I would trade him for. When you combine age, years of control, and talent, I don't really know who out there is a better bet than him. 

100% agree with this given that he is LOCKED for years now with the contract.

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23 hours ago, Passprotection said:

100% agree with this given that he is LOCKED for years now with the contract.

Braves could not have times that extension any better.  If Scott Boras was his agent he might be looking at $40mm/yr contract in 3yrs

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