Adds photo. With AP Photos. The Braves planned to promote the 20-year-old from Triple-A on Wednesday to join them in Cincinnati.
The Braves are calling up one of the top prospects in baseball.
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Acuna rose from Class A to Triple-A in 2017, hitting a combined.325 with 21 home runs, 82 RBIs and 44 stolen bases. He was ranked as the top prospect in the game by many outlets heading into 2018; on MLB Pipeline's overall rankings, only Shohei Ohtani was slotted ahead of him. By waiting until now to call him up, thus delaying the start of his major league service time clock, Acuna will remain under club control through the 2024 season. Acuna got off to a slow start this season at Triple-A Gwinnett, but he had turned it on over the last week and went 2-for-4 with a double and a walk on Tuesday.