Braves outfielder Justin Upton began last season with a ridiculous power surge, but he entered tonight’s game homerless over his first 33 plate appearances this season. Well, he has changed that with two home runs against Mets right-hander Jenrry Mejia. The second one went really, really far. 477 feet, according to ESPN Stats and Info:
My favorite part of that home run might have been the reaction from Mejia. While you can’t see it in that replay, he actually threw his glove on the ground in frustration.
MLB.com’s Mark Bowman confirms a report from Daniel Álvarez Montes of EVTV Miami that the Braves are calling up outfield prospect Ronald Acuña from Triple-A Gwinnett.
The move is obviously much anticipated and expected, as Acuña is considered the top prospect in baseball among those who hadn’t been called up to the majors yet. Acuña has had a slow start with Gwinnett, as he’s batting only .215/.301/.277 in 73 plate appearances. However, he has turned things around somewhat in recent days, batting .379 with a double and a homer since April 17.
Acuña should be in Wednesday’s starting lineup against the Reds and he should be a lineup regular going forward. The expectations are high for Acuña, who signed with the Braves as an international free agent in July 2014.