Baseball America has named Braves infielder Ronald Acuna its Minor League Player of the Year.
Acuna, who is only 19, had a meteoric rise through the minors this year, beginning the campaign in High-A ball, moving up to Double-A after only 28 games and then moving up to Triple-A 57 games later. In the course of his season-long rampage through the minors the outfielder led all hitters with 181 hits and posted a line of .325/.374/.522, hit 21 home runs, 31 doubles, eight triples, drove in 81 runs and stole 44 bases. Did I mention that he’s only 19? Yeah, I think I did.
Acuna is the third Brave to win Baseball America’s Award, the last being Jason Heyward in 2009 and the first being Andruw Jones, who actually won it twice, in 1995 and 1996.
Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports that Colby Rasmus has agreed to a minor league deal with the Baltimore Orioles.
Rasmus, 31, played only 37 games with the Rays last year. The reason: the previous offseason he underwent surgery to repair his left hip labrum and his core muscle, and the hip continued to bother him throughout spring training. He began the season on the disabled list and made his debut on May 2, hitting .281/.318/.579 in 129 plate appearances before going back on the DL June 23. He’d never return, “stepping away” from the game in the words of the club, which placed him on the restricted list for the remainder of the season.