Atlanta Braves Ronald Acuna Jr. Set to Make Debut in Cincinnati

With all of his talent, Ronald Acuna, Jr. will still be learning his way in the major leagues, have his second time through the league, and face the grueling schedule of what remains of a 162-game season the rest of this year.

Johan Camargo doubled in the go-ahead run in the ninth inning and A.J. Minter nailed down his first career save as the Atlanta Braves beat the host Cincinnati Reds 5-4 on Wednesday.

But this was likely Atlanta's play all along, for Acuna to bide his time in the minors (no matter his numbers) until he could be added to the major league roster with an extra season (2024) of organizational control. He went 1/5 in his debut, and on Thursday, Acuña made his presence known in Cincinnati with a ridiculous upper deck home run off of Homer Bailey, which landed in the fourth or fifth row at Great American Ballpark.

The losing pitcher was Max Fried (0-1), who was making his first appearance since being recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett. The 28-year old slugger has notched five RBI's in his last six games, and he features a solid.306 average with four homers and 17 RBI's on the season.

Acuna, at 20, becomes the majors' youngest player, unseating teammate and best friend Ozzie Albies, who is 21, for that distinction. The Braves, however, understandably appear to have wanted to keep Acuna in Triple-A long enough to delay his free agency by a full year. The Atlanta Braves got a taste of it during spring training the last two seasons as this is not Acuna's first season being the talk of Braves camp. Acuna was greeted in the dugout by the traditional silent treatment and walked nearly the entire length of the dugout, exchanging phantom high-fives, before his teammates pounced to celebrate.

Neither starting pitcher figured in the decision.

Albies, who was 2-for-5 with three RBIs, gave Atlanta an insurance run with a run-scoring double in the ninth inning. He allowed five hits and walked five yet didn't surrender a run. The Phillies' ace has allowed two or fewer runs in each start this season, and he features a stellar 2.30 ERA and a 0.93 WHIP accompanied with a 2-1 record in 31.1 innings of work. "I don't have any particular thoughts to it".

  • Angelo Rivera