21-year-old Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. is best known as the table-setter for a vaunted Braves lineup and arguably the most likely player to reach the 40-40 club we have in the MLB right now, but he's quietly become one of the most dangerous corner outfield arms in the game. Two of his five tools were on display against the New York Mets, as he took and RBI single away from Juan Lagares when he gunned down Todd Frazier at the plate.
That laser beam was clocked at 99.1 mph.
Ronald Acuña Jr.: 99.1 mph assist to the plate.— David Adler (@_dadler) August 14, 2019
Acuña, who cranked his 34th home run of the season earlier in the evening to go along with 28 stolen bases, has morphed from promising young player to star to superstar over the course of his second season in the bigs. Slowly, but surely, he's creeping up on Cody Bellinger and Christian Yelich in the NL MVP race.
Acuña is absolutely ridiculous, might end up with 35 dinger and 35 bags AND he can make throws like that— Cespedes Family BBQ (@CespedesBBQ) August 14, 2019
Something tells me the lumbering veteran Frazier isn't going to try the young whippersnapper Acuña's arm like that anytime soon.