Ronald Acuna Jr. answered his first interview questions in English on Monday in his career. If you have not seen the clip, you are in for a treat. If you have seen it, you are still in luck because it was pure gold.
Acuna Jr. recently learned how to speak English, and while there were some imperfections throughout his statements, he was very accurate with what he boasted.
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Ronald Acuna Jr. sees the ball, and he hits the ball. There are very few big leaguers who have comparable ability to the 23-year-old All-Star. This talent and mentality are why the youngster will be enshrined in Cooperstown at the end of his career.
See Ball Hit Ball
Acuna Jr. did not lie when he said he sees the ball and hits the ball at the plate. From the time he entered the show, the outfielder has been sensational.
“When I go to the plate, I don’t think about nothing. Just see the ball and hit the ball. That’s it.”
Mike Trout has established himself as the best player in baseball, but Acuna Jr. is mimicking his early-season numbers. Acuna Jr. hit 26 homers as a rookie, and Trout blasted 30.
Trout’s average was slightly better than the current Brave, but they were both Rookie of the Year winners. I am not saying the two outfielders are on equal playing fields.
Mike Trout is a generational star, but Acuna Jr. will be a top-five player in baseball throughout his career. There are no players like Mike Trout, and there are minimal athletes like Acuna Jr.
The 23-year-old is off to an elite start in 2021. If he continues performing at his current pace, he will likely win the National League MVP and the batting title.
He is slashing .290/.393/.628 with a league-leading 17 homers and 45 runs. Realistically, Acuna Jr. is a baby in Major League Baseball. He is playing in his fourth season, and he is already a two-time Silver Slugger, and All-Star selection.
Players do not hit their prime until 27 on average. The Braves are very lucky to have Acuna Jr. on their team because he will be the franchise’s World Series ticket before it’s all said and done.
Winning is on Acuna Jr.’s Mind
Ronald Acuna Jr. has come to the show to win. He expressed this at the end of his interview.
“Win, that’s what’s on my mind. Win every game. Every game counts.”
The Braves have not had an ideal start to the 2021 campaign. The team is 26-28, but they are still in the division race at 2nd place. Atlanta is just 3.5 games behind the Mets for first place in the National League East.
The pitching staff has been bad, and the offense has defined inconsistency. However, Acuna Jr. has done nothing but win.
His wins above replacement is 2.0, and he has a career WAR of 13.1. His 2021 mark ranks him as one of the top 40 players in baseball.
Hopefully, you did not forget his age! He is a top player at 23 years old…
How has Acuna Jr. achieved insurmountable heights after three seasons? The outfielder credits his dad for instilling a championship mentality.
“When I come to the place, enjoy every day, enjoy every game. My dad told me someday play hard no matter what happens, and that’s what I play now.”
Tanner Kern is a writer for Knup Sports and the Sports 2.0 Network. He is the host of Between the Lines, the official show of Baseball Spotlight, and the main contributor for the website. Connect with Tanner on IG @tannerkern and Twitter @tannerkern_.