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Report: Brewers to sign Boone Logan

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MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy reports that the Brewers are expected to finalize the signing of lefty reliever Boone Logan after New Year’s Day.

Logan, 33, spent last season with the Indians, posting a 4.71 ERA with a 28/9 K/BB ratio in 21 innings. He missed most of the second half of the season due to a strained lat muscle.

Though he’s had struggles in recent years, Logan has been a reliable reliever out of the bullpen over parts of 12 seasons. Unsurprisingly, he’s particularly tough on lefties, holding them to an aggregate .672 OPS over his career compared to .846 against right-handed hitters. Logan could be poised for a bounce-back year if the Brewers utilize him properly.

Ronald Acuna tops Keith Law’s top-100 prospect list

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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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