This article is part of our Regan's Rumblings series.
Happy Acuna Week, everyone. The "short-awaited" debut of Ronald Acuna, baseball's consensus No. 1 overall prospect, came Wednesday. Acuna got off to a slow start in Triple-A, but in his last four games with Gwinnet, he went 7-for-15 with a pair of walks and three stolen bases (all in the same game). Expectations are sky high, but Acuna just turned 20 (December), and we have to think there will be an adjustment period at the plate.
A .305/.374/.475 hitter in the minors, Acuna should be an immediate boost to fantasy owners in the stolen bases category. His power upside is thought to be 30-plus, but he's probably more in the 15-20 range this early in his career given he's still filling out his body. Acuna played left field and batted sixth in his first two games with the Braves, meaning at least initially, Preston Tucker, and not Nick Markakis, is the fourth outfielder. Tucker is just 8-for-48 after a hot start. Obviously grab Acuna in the off chance he's available in your 12-team mixed league. He really shouldn't be available anywhere.
Acuna went 1-for-5 with a run and two strikeouts in his debut. He looked pretty hyped up in his first couple at-bats, hitting the first pitch each time. Thursday, he hit a 416-foot bomb in his first at-bat for his first major league home run. He also doubled and reached on an infield single. He should settle in for a long and fruitful career.