Acuña could become Willie Mays 2.0

Robb Tribble
May 25, 2019 - 7:46 pm
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Robb Tribble asked which Atlanta Braves player, if any, are All-Stars?

Freddie Freeman is an All-Star to him. That is not a question. He mentions John Smoltz's comments about Freddie Freeman being in the same conversation of Mike Trout.

"This guy is as good as it gets in an era where strike outs are no big thing and this guy doesn't strike out," Smoltz said. "Homers and average usually don't go hand-in-hand but this guy hits homers and average."

"So when you start dissecting it, you start realizing that these outliers, like a Freddie Freeman, are right in the conversations, for me, like a Mike Trout."

The standout to Tribble, like many other people, is Ronald Acuña Jr. Tribble says barring injury, we may be looking at Willie Mays 2.0. At 21 years of age, he would not be the youngest All-Star but high on the list.

He runs down the list of other possible All-Star potentials and the list keeps getting longer. What about Mike Soroka and Max Fried? They are looking like All-Stars.

The guy that has now settled into his role and could be an All-Star is Dansby Swanson. Because of his slow start with the Braves, the team mistake of making him the face of the franchise, and injuries, people wrote Swanson off. Now, he looks like a bordeline Gold Glove shortstop.