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Monday, April 16, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL PROSPECT WATCH: RONALD ACUNA'S STRUGGLES AT TRIPLE-A DELAYING PROMOTION

With the date for preserving another year of service time having passed a few days ago, the assumption in fantasy baseball was that all of the top prospects would start being called up en masse to begin their expected superstar careers.  Unfortunately, that simply has not happened as guys like the Cincinnati Reds' Nick Senzel, the New York Yankees' Gleyber Torres (although he could be closer), and the Atlanta Braves' Ronald Acuna are still operating down on the farm.  The latter of course was the single-most hyped players for 2018 fantasy baseball drafts as Acuna has uncanny five-tool ability that he showed in tearing things up during the exhibition slate.  That hot stretch didn't carry over to the start of the Triple-A season though as Acuna goes into Monday's action with a paltry .152 average with a staggering 12 strikeouts in just 36 at-bats.  With Preston Tucker playing very well so far this season, the Braves have not had a pressing need to call up Acuna as he continues to struggle but it is still a bit of a bummer he has not arrived just yet.  Reports came out on Monday that there is no firm set date on when Acuna may in fact be promoted but count on the Braves wanting to see some signs of him coming out of the rut before they do so.  Be that as it may, Acuna is going to be insanely good and it should happen quickly once he gets comfortable against major league pitching. 


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