Peoria, Arizona —— It’s the Atlanta Braves show out at the Arizona Fall League this year, with the National League East organization sending off an extremely strong contingent of prospects for the prestigious offseason circuit. That group includes outfielder Ronald Acuna, third baseman Austin Riley, and catcher Alex Jackson all playing for the Peoria Javelinas — and those three are the subject of today’s quick hit post here, with extensive at-bat footage of the trio from several different angles out at the AFL over the last few weeks. We’ll go player by player below, but before we do, a friendly reminder: please click here and subscribe to the Baseball Census YouTube channel if you’d like more than a thousand other high-definition baseball prospect videos just like these.
Ronald Acuna, OF, Atlanta Braves
Ronald Acuna has been tearing up the AFL as a 19-year-old. In his first 15 games for the Javelinas, the outfielder is slashing .377/.462/.698/1.160 across 53 at-bats, with five doubles, four home runs, and eight walks against 13 strikeouts in that span. He’s impressed in the field, too, with several exceptional catches in the outfield; all around, he looks like the type of guy ready for the big leagues after running through three levels (High-A, Double-A, Triple-A) in the Braves’ system during the summer of 2017.
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen Ronald Acuna, of course (click here to watch our video on the prospect from Triple-A Gwinnett in July), but even now after a long year he continues to be exactly as advertised — flashing five tools with impressive athleticism, easy access to power, and the ability to change every baseball game in which he’s a part. Expect big things from him in 2018, because it won’t be long before he’s up in The Show with Atlanta.
Austin Riley, 3B, Atlanta Braves
He’s not quite as hot as Acuna, but through 38 Arizona Fall League at-bats entering play on Friday, third base prospect Austin Riley is slashing .342/.419/.789/1.208 with three doubles, a triple, and four home runs. Riley is bulkier and a little bit less athletic than Acuna, and the third baseman has more and easier access to raw power with lift. Riley hit 20 home runs this year split between High-A and Double-A as just a 20-year-old, so I think it’s safe to assume he has the potential to grow into legitimate plus power in another few years’ time. Above, you can see his swing from a couple angles over a few different AFL games.
Alex Jackson, C, Atlanta Braves
Finally, Atlanta Braves catching prospect Alex Jackson has joined the show at the AFL after being traded over to Atlanta late last November from the Seattle Mariners. Over his first 52 at-bats entering play on Friday afternoon in Peoria, Jackson is slashing .308/.368/.654/1.022 with three doubles, five home runs, four walks, and 14 strikeouts. I’ve yet to really concentrate on his work behind the plate yet, but that’ll be one of my goals to hit during my final trip out to the AFL beginning on Monday.
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