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.