Watching Braves' Acuña grow into a superstar

John and Hugh
August 09, 2018 - 9:34 am

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The Atlanta Braves bats were alive and well in the team's 8-3 win Wednesday night against the Washington Nationals. The win keeps them a half game back from the Philadelphia Phillies in the NL East. However, all everyone wanted to talk about after the game: Ronald Acuña Jr.

It was a 4th-inning the Nationals would like to forget. Acuña Jr. was at the plate with one-on and two-out. What happened next was nothing more than mesmerizing:

It was a two-run bomb to center field to put the Braves ahead 7-1. But what Acuña Jr. giveth, Acuña taketh away, robbing Matt Adams from a would-be home run in an impressive off-the-wall catch:

With that home run and home run rob, Acuña Jr became only the fifth player in MLB this season to do so in the same game, and the first to do both in the same inning per ESPN's Stats & Info.

"Acuna's upside is off the charts," says John Fricke. "He's only played in 60 games but he's out there playing like he's an All-Star in center field. You see flashes of something that's next level with this kid."

Do you agree with John? Are we watching a superstar, and future Hall of Famer, in the making?

The Braves face the Nationals in the series finale this afternoon at 1:05 p.m.