Acuna could be a 30-30 guy

Dukes & Bell
November 13, 2018 - 5:49 pm

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It was time for the “Big Story” on Dukes & Bell as the guys talked about Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. winning the  National League Rookie of the Year Award. Acuna was the first Braves player to win the award since Craig Kimbrel in 2011.

“Acuña hit .293, 26 home runs in 111 games," said Carl Dukes. "If he plays the full season I think we’re looking at a 30-30 guy. I honestly believe that.”

Factoring in the that Acuña had a much better second half than first, and the phenom reaching 30-30 seems like an easy prediction. After batting .249 with seven home runs in 43 first-half games, Acuña belted 19 second-half homers and slashed .322/.403/.625 in the 68 games after the All-Star Break.

“Acuna got most of the first place votes," said Mike Bell. "I know [Juan] Soto from Washington received a few of them, but Acuña received most. Now the question I have would you like to see a guy like Byrce Harper signed this offseason to pair with Acuña which could make your lineup unstoppable.”