Somebody woke “The Big Donkey.”
Adam Dunn went 3-for-4 with a pair of homers, a double and five RBI last night as the White Sox beat the Mariners 7-3. His finest night as a member of the Pale Hose, it was his first multi-homer game since September 24, 2010 and his first five RBI game since August 28, 2010.
Dunn is now hitting .265/.368/.571 with three homers, 12 RBI, six doubles, eight walks and a .940 OPS over his first 57 plate appearances this season. Just 13 games in, he’s already one-third of the way to the 27 extra-base hits he accumulated for all of last year.
Some improvement was probably inevitable and he’d probably be lucky if he hits more than .240 — check out those 22 strikeouts in 49 at-bats — but would anyone be surprised if he made it over 30 homers again?
Your Friday box scores:
Yankees 6, Red Sox 2
Reds 9, Cubs 4
Marlins 0, Nationals 2
Rangers/Tigers – PPD (day-night doubleheader Saturday)
Cardinals 4, Pirates 1
Twins 5, Rays 4
Giants 4, Mets 3 (10 innings)
Blue Jays 4, Royals 3
Orioles 3, Angels 6
Dodgers 3, Astros 1
Indians 4, Athletics 3
Rockies 4, Brewers 3
Braves 9, Diamondbacks 1
Phillies 4, Padres 1
ESPN’s Keith Law has released his annual top-100 prospects list. According to Law, Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna is the number one prospect in baseball.
After blazing through High-A and Double-A ball last season, Acuna was the youngest player in Triple-A in 2017. He was 19 years-old all season long and put up a fantastic line of .335/.384/.534 in 486 plate appearances at Double and Triple-A. He then went on to star in the Arizona Fall League, leading that circuit in homers. Law, who is not one to throw hyperbolic comps around, says, “if Acuna stays in center and maxes out his power, he’s going to be among the best players in baseball, with a Mike Trout-ish profile.”
Acuna, who is 20 now, is likely play the bulk of the season in Atlanta, even if he’s kept down at Triple-A for the first couple of weeks of the season to manipulate his service time, er, I mean to allow him to develop his skills more fully. Or something. Given the presence of reigning Gold Glove center fielder Ender Inciarte, Acuna is not likely to man center for the Braves this year, but Law says he’d be a plus right field defender, which could make the Braves outfield Death to Flying Things in 2018. At least when Nick Markakis is not playing.
Number two on the list: Blue Jays third base prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. As law notes, the name may be familiar but he’s not very much like his old man. Mostly because young Vlad can take a walk. Which is better, even if it’s nowhere near as fun as swinging at balls that bounce in the dirt first.
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