Back in October former World Series MVP, major league manager and current Washington Nationals broadcaster Ray Knight was arrested and charged with assault and battery. The incident leading to his arrest occurred at 4AM one Sunday morning after an argument between Knight and a 33-year-old male acquaintance became physical. Both men had visible injuries. The younger guy went to the hospital. Knight was treated and taken to the pokey.
Now Knight’s two-and-a-half month nightmare is over:
I’m going to assume the agreement involved Knight promising not to tell all of the friends of the 33-year-old that an old man kicked his butt, though I’ll allow that it’s possible it was all resolved with a “we good, man?”/”yeah, we good” kind of thing.
In other news, any time a baseball team decides it wants to improve itself by signing one of the scores of free agents still languishing on the market, that’d be pretty great.
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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