Braves’ Acuna named Rookie of the Month


There was another accolade for the Braves’ young star Ronald Acuna as the outfielder was named National League Rookie of the Month for August, Major League Baseball announced Tuesday.

Is the Rookie of the Year award next for the 20-year-old?

Acuna hit .336 (39-for-116) in 30 games during the month with 21 RBIs, 11 home runs, seven doubles, one triple and 25 runs scored. The 11 home runs tied the Brewers’ Christian Yelich for the MLB high for the month.

Acuna, who was named Rooke of the Week on Aug. 19, homered in five consecutive games from Aug. 11-14. He became the youngest player in major league history to homer in four consecutive games. Three of the home runs were leadoff shots.

“I’m extremely emotional and excited and happy with the work we’ve put in not just the month of August but the entire season,” Acuna said Tuesday before the Braves hosted the Red Sox.

Acuna entered Tuesday with a .292 average with 23 home runs and 50 RBIs in 336 at-bats over 86 games this season. The Braves’ top prospect is tied for the major league lead among rookies with 23 home runs. The home run total is tied with Mickey Mantle for eighth all-time for most in a season by a player before his 21st birthday.

Acuna also leads all rookies with a .568 slugging percentage and is second in OPS at .925 among those with at least 300 at-bats.

“It’s well-deserved, that’s for sure,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “The kid has had a very good year. He’s been as solid as you can get. You see him getting better. You see him making adjustments, maturing in his whole game.”

Acuna will be considered one of the favorites for Rookie of the Year despite beginning the season in the minors.

“It definitely crosses my mind,” Acuna said of his reflections of his fast rise. “I look back that I used to dream about being here and having the success that we are having as a team but I never thought it would happen so quickly.”


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Atlanta Braves

What to know about the Braves on Tuesday
What to know about the Braves on Tuesday

Anibal Sanchez and the Braves enter Tuesday trying to snap a three-game skid and hand the Cardinals their first loss at SunTrust Park (4-0). Here’s a rundown before the game: 1. The Braves have lost 13 of 17 at home, falling to 38-37 in Atlanta. They own the 10th best home mark in the National League, complemented by the best road results (45-30)...
Amid walkfest, Braves hit bump - don’t sweat it just yet
Amid walkfest, Braves hit bump - don’t sweat it just yet

The Braves have a walking problem, but there’s still little reason to overreact to a brief rut.  From distressed social-media postings to the questions manager Brian Snitker faced in Tuesday’s pregame, there’s been a level of exaggerated concern about the Braves’ latest slump, if it can even be called such. They lost two...
Riley, Toussaint named Braves’ minor leaguers of the year
Riley, Toussaint named Braves’ minor leaguers of the year

Austin Riley and Touki Toussaint were named the Atlanta Braves Minor League Players of the Year for 2018, the team announced Tuesday. Riley, the Gwinnett Stripers third baseman, received the Hank Aaron Award for player of the year. Riley was also named the Stripers’ Player of the Year. Toussaint, the right-hander now with the Braves, received...
What’s the ‘magic number’ for the Atlanta Braves now?
What’s the ‘magic number’ for the Atlanta Braves now?

The Braves hold a 6-1/2 game lead in the East with a “magic number” of seven. Any combination of Braves victories and Phillies losses that equals the magic number will result in the title for the Braves. The Braves suffered their third-straight loss Monday, an 11-6 debacle to St. Louis. The Phillies squandered another chance to gain ground...
Braves walk their way to third straight loss, magic number decreases anyway
Braves walk their way to third straight loss, magic number decreases anyway

When the Braves went to St. Louis in a series spanning late May and early June, the Cardinals were in disarray. The Braves swept, outscoring the Cardinals 22-10 while their starters posted a collective 0.00 ERA. These aren’t those same Red Birds. St. Louis was reinvigorated after a managerial change, leaping into wild-card position. And those...
More Stories