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Acuna makes immediate impact in Triple-A debut

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Ronald Acuna is making quick work of the Minor Leagues this season, all while showing a flair for the dramatic.

The Braves' No. 7 prospect (No. 86 overall) made an immediate impact Thursday in his Triple-A debut, connecting on a home run for his first hit and then adding two more knocks to lead Gwinnett in a 13-4 rout of Charlotte.

Ronald Acuna is making quick work of the Minor Leagues this season, all while showing a flair for the dramatic.

The Braves' No. 7 prospect (No. 86 overall) made an immediate impact Thursday in his Triple-A debut, connecting on a home run for his first hit and then adding two more knocks to lead Gwinnett in a 13-4 rout of Charlotte.

Box score

The home run was the 13th this season across three levels for Acuna, who finished the game 3-for-5 with three runs scored, two RBIs and one walk. It also marked the second time this season that the 19-year-old outfielder has gone deep for his first hit at a new level. He previously did it with Double-A Mississippi on May 9, when he hit a first-inning homer before finishing 3-for-4 with three RBIs.

After striking out swinging on four pitches in his first at-bat, Acuna, who started the game in right field and batted leadoff, put the G-Braves on the board when he opened the top of the third inning with solo homer to the opposite field.

Acuna extended his club's lead with his second Triple-A hit in the fifth inning, lacing the first pitch of the at-bat back up the middle en route to his second RBI.

After drawing a four-pitch walk in his subsequent plate appearance, Acuna collected his third hit of the contest, another hard-hit single, in the seventh inning before lining out to second base in the ninth.

The Braves rewarded Acuna with a promotion to Triple-A after he batted .326/.374/.520 with 24 extra-base hits including nine home runs in 57 games with Mississippi. He also tallied 19 stolen bases and 30 RBIs while scoring 29 runs.

Video: Braves prospect Acuna takes BP at Futures Game

What's more, Acuna's promotion comes less than a week after he opened eyes while representing the World Team in the SiriusXM All-Stars Futures Game, where he showed off his cannon arm and recorded the event's top exit velocity of 112.3 mph.

Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero.

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