Ronald Acuna Jr is a Venezuelan professional baseball outfielder for the Atlanta Braves.
He made his MLB debut in 2018 and won the National League Rookie of the Year Award.
Following next season, Acuna was named the MLB All-Star, was the NL stolen base leader and won a Silver Slugger Award.
Ronald Acuna 2018
On April 25, 2018, the Atlanta Braves promoted Ronald Acuna to the major leagues.
This made him the youngest player in Major League Baseball at that time, claiming the distinction from teammate Ozzie Albies.
Though Acuna wore uniform number 24 throughout his minor league career in honor of Miguel Cabrera, he made his major league debut on April 25, 2018, wearing number 13.
Furthermore, while against the Cincinnati Reds, Ronald Acuna collected his first career hit off Kevin Shackelford.
He finished the game 1 for 5 and scored the game-tying run in the eighth inning as the Braves won 5–4.
The next day, also against the Reds, Acuna hit his first MLB home run off Homer Bailey. He finished the game 3 for 4 as the Braves won 7–4.
Also, on May 28, Acuna was placed on the 10-day disabled list due to a mild ACL sprain and a bruise in his left knee as well as back contusion.
While on June 21, the Braves optioned Ronald Acuna to Triple-A Gwinnett for a rehab assignment.
Winning the 2021 World Series Ring
On May 3, Ronald Acuna was named National League Player of the Month for April, batting .341/.443/.705 with eight home runs, three stolen bases, 18 RBIs, and 25 runs scored in 24 games.
Later, on May 19, Acuna hit his first career walk-off home run against the New York Mets to give the Braves a 5–4 win.
While on July 10, 2021, Acuna suffered a leg injury while trying to field a fly ball and was taken off the field on a motorized stretcher.
An MRI showed a complete tear in his right anterior cruciate ligament, which prematurely ended his 2021 season.In
Furthermore, in 82 games, Ronald Acuna hit .283/.394/.596 with 24 home runs, 52 RBIs and 17 stolen bases in 2021.
In 2021, he had the fastest sprint speed of all major league right fielders, at 29.4 feet/second.
He led the major leagues with 72 runs scored at the time of his injury.
Ronald Acuna was elected to start the 2021 All-Star Game alongside teammates Freddie Freeman and Ozzie Albies but was unable to participate due to the injury.
Despite Acuna’s injury, the Atlanta Braves went on to win the 2021 World Series. Winning their first franchise World Series Ring since 1995. Also, this was the first World Series Ring won by Ronald Acuna Jr.