Quietly the Atlanta Braves young phenom Ronald Acuna Jr. is threating to add his name to the record books in year two. The young outfielder will certainly come close to the impressive record.
Ronald Acuna Jr. now has 32-homers and 28-stolen bases on the season for the Atlanta Braves. While these are impressive numbers at first glance they aren’t exactly record-setting. Acuna has a chance at finishing the season with more than 40-stolen bases and home runs.
That is a feat that has only been accomplished four times in the recorded history to the league. Alex Rodriguez, Alfonso Soriano, Barry Bonds, and Jose Canseco are the only players to record more than 40-homers and stolen bases in a single season.
The fact Acuna is even in this conversation should point out just how special of a player he truly is. He has been on a tear as of late getting his home run total up to 32 giving him a great shot of hitting at least 40 bombs.
The biggest challenge might be stealing 12-more bases in the next few weeks. He has the speed but with his power and the Braves hot hitting, it seems there aren’t many chances Acuna has to steal.
When he does get the chance to run he has made the best of it collecting 28-stolen bases so far. Having a 40-40 season has little effect on the Braves season (other than the runs produced obviously) but it certainly would be a cool accomplishment and cement Acuna as one of the best young players in the game.
His progress will no doubt be tracked as the season continues to wind towards its end. If healthy Acuna has a great chance to write his name in the record books in only the second year of his career. Reminding Braves fans just how truly special of a player this kid is.