This upcoming season, we all have those big name guys we know will produce, but what we don’t know are the new kids on the block. Being a prospect can put a lot of pressure on a young kid in a tough league. While most of the time it pans out and they go on to have a good career, sometimes the pressure becomes too much, and they just can’t produce in the Bigs.
These three prospects have shown us a glimpse of what they can do in The Show, and while we are seeing them in their first full season in 2018, they are sure to put up competitive numbers.
The first person on the list, who will not surprise many, is Ronald Acuna, of the Atlanta Braves. Acuna is a 20-year-old Venezuelan native, who finds his home in the outfield. During 3 seasons in the Minors he has maintained a .310/.378/.488 stat line, with 29 home runs and 199 RBI’s. Defensively over 1273.0 innings played, he has a .980 fielding percentage with only 6 errors over 3 years, and 287 putouts.
So far in Spring Training this year, Acuna has appeared in 12 games, having 31 at-bats with a .419 batting average and 1 home run with 4 RBI’s. Acuna has also showed off his speed this spring swiping 4 bases. The 6-foot, 180-pound outfielder is sure to make a great addition to the Braves this upcoming season.
Second on the list is center fielder for the Washington Nationals, Victor Robles. The 20-year-old has put up impressive numbers throughout his Minor League career posting a .304/.395/.470 stat line across 332 games. In the last four years he has accumulated 379 hits, 26 home runs, and 141 RBI’s. Hailing from the Dominican Republic, Robles has shown off his speed as well during his Minor League tenure, swiping 110 bases, while only being caught 38 times.
In 2017 we saw a glimpse of the future Major League player as he appeared in 13 games, collecting 6 hits, 2 of which were triples, and adding 4 RBI’s to the teams’ total. So far in Spring Training, Robles has played in 16 games collecting 9 hits, 1 home run and 6 RBI’s. He has a .231/.262/.385 stat line, with 2 stolen bases. The center fielder looks to make this his first full season with the Nationals, and should post at least be a great asset to the lineup, and depth.
Rounding out the list is Colorado Rockies utility infielder, Ryan McMahon. While the 23-year-old has seen time around the diamond, he often makes his home at first-base, which is also where the Rockies organization sees McMahon in their future plans. The Yorba Linda, California native proved his skills throughout 5 seasons in the Minors as he posted a .298/.368/.510 stat line, collecting 635 hits, 79 home runs, and 392 RBI’s.
In 2017, McMahon appeared in 17 games during Rockies season, having 19 at-bats with 3 hits. While he did produce a .158/.333/.211 stat line, which is not great, he has been a completely different person this spring. So far in 2018 he has had 50 at-bats, collecting 17 hits, 1 home run, and 6 RBI’s, maintaining a .340/.365/.520 stat line. McMahon looks to add a solid bat and glove to the Rockies lineup this coming year, as he makes his explosion into The Show.
These three young studs look to make their case this coming season, while they prove their worth to their clubs, and Major League Baseball.
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