Ronald Acuña Jr. Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 0" / 205 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 12/18/1997 (24)
Ronald Acuña Jr. Season Stats
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Ronald Acuña Jr. News
Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. (knee) has taken the next step in his rehab from right knee surgery and has resumed hitting on the field. Acuna had surgery back in July of last year to fix a torn ACL, and he missed the rest of the 2021 season and Atlanta's improbable World Series run. Despite the progress, Acuna is expected to be limited when players report to spring training at the end of February if MLB and the players reach an agreement to end the ongoing lockout. There are still many steps for him to clear, and he could still miss the beginning of the 2022 season, which makes him much more risky as an early first-round selection in fantasy drafts. Speed is a big part of Acuna's game, and it remains to be seen if he'll run as much when he eventually makes his 2022 season debut.
Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. (knee) underwent successful surgery to repair his torn ACL on Wednesday, according to David O'Brien of The Athletic. O'Brien adds that while the team does not have an official timetable for Acuna's return, rehab from a torn ACL typically takes about nine to 10 months to complete. With that potential timeframe in mind, that would place Acuna's return currently as sometime in April or May 2022. There are many factors that can affect his rehab, so it's hard to say definitely when he will return at this point. But that being said, it seems to be a good guess that Acuna could miss the first month of the 2022 season. This could be a boon to fantasy managers next year, as this could cause Acuna to drop down a few spots in the draft rankings. Acuna put up great numbers this season prior to the injury, slashing .283/.394/.596 with 24 homers, 17 steals, 52 RBI and 72 runs scored over 82 games. There's no reason managers shouldn't expect a similar performance in 2022 when he returns.
Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. (knee) has suffered a complete tear of his ACL that will require season-ending surgery, according to Jon Morosi of MLB Network. Acuna suffered the injury on an awkward landing while attempting to make a leaping catch in right field during Saturday's game. He attempted to walk off the field under his power, but would have to be carted the rest of the way from the outfield. This is easily the biggest injury to hit fantasy managers this season, as Acuna was slashing .283/.394/.596 with 24 homers, 17 steals, 52 RBI and 72 runs scored over 82 games this year. Abraham Almonte replaced Acuna in right field following the injury, and it appears likely now the Braves will go with some combination of Almonte, Guillermo Heredia, Ender Inciarte and Orlando Arcia in the outfield moving forward. Unfortunately none of those options will likely be able to even come close to putting up similar production to Acuna. Managers in all redraft formats should drop Acuna now, and start scouring the waiver-wire or trade block for a replacement.
Ronald Acuna Jr. would be in the discussion for the first overall pick in redraft leagues if he were fully healthy. He hit an electrifying .283/.394/.596 with 24 HR and 17 SB in just 360 PAs before a torn ACL brought his 2021 season to a premature end. Acuna also fixed his biggest issue from 2020: his strikeout total. He posted a career-best 10.6 SwStr% en route to a substantial K% decline (23.6 K% vs. 29.7 in 2020), all without compromising his power metrics (45.6 FB%, 24.2% HR/FB). Unfortunately, that torn ACL is expected to keep him sidelined until at least May, forcing fantasy managers to play a game of chicken. Acuna is likely to be great when he plays, but you're missing a month in a best-case scenario and maybe more if there are any setbacks. Furthermore, Acuna may be hesitant to show off his athleticism coming off of a knee injury, meaning that he might not accumulate the SB totals managers have come to expect. Acuna currently has an ADP of 12.10, meaning that managers are passing on studs such as Bryce Harper (11.00 ADP), Mookie Betts (14.23), Walker Buehler (14.86), and Mike Trout (15.44) to roll the dice on him. As great as Acuna is when healthy, taking him that early when you aren't sure how much he will be able to play is probably not the right move.