HIROSHIMA, Japan – Atlanta Braves Outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. woke up in Japan for news as he had been nominated…
HIROSHIMA, Japan – Atlanta Braves Outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. woke up in Japan for news as he had been nominated for the National League Rookie of the Year.
Acuna was a dismissive choice for the award of Washington challenger Juan Soto in a contest between 20-year-olds.
“I’m just flattered, I’m so honored,” said Acuna through a translator. “My career has just begun. There are so many things I need to do to become a better player. I will be able to get advice from someone who helps me improve.”
Acuna received 27 first voice and three seconds for 144 points. Soto got two first and 89 points and Los Angeles Dodgers Corps Walker Buehler was next with a first and 28 points.
Both Acuna and Soto are in Japan with a big league All Star team.
Acuna started the season at Triple-A and made its debut on April 25, the youngest player in the majors then at 20 years, 1
28 days ago. The Venezuelan hit .293 with 26 homers, 64 RBIs and 16 steals with a .917 OPS. He put a Braves record with eight leadoff homers this season and bound a franchise mark through homering in five straight matches from 11-14 August.
Soto debuted on May 20th 19th, 207 days, although credited in Dominican with a home run from five days before his debut – he went deep on June 18th against the New York Yankees in the final of May 15th closed match. Soto met .292 with 22 homers, 70 RBIs and a .923 OPS. He was two shy of Tony Conigliara’s big league record for the homebuilding of a teenager.
Acuna pay homage to his team before Tuesday’s game 4 in the show series in Hiroshima.
“It’s always fun playing with Soto,” Sa Acuna said. “I also like to see him play. We have a great opportunity to play together here. We enjoy and inspire each other to become a better player.”
Shohei Ohtani was an overwhelming pick for American League honors despite an elbow injury that stymied his move from Japan to the big leagues and is likely to prevent him from bowing next year.
Ohtani was 4-2 with a 3.31 ERA and 63 strikeouts over 51 2/3 innings on 10 starts. As a nominated hit he hit .285 with 22 homers and 61 RBIs and a .925 OPS in 367 plates.
Acuna also had great praise for Ohtani, who played five seasons with Japan’s Nippon Ham Fighters before joining Angels.
“He’s incredible,” said Acuna. “