Once again Ronald Acuna Jr. reminded Braves' fans, and the rest of the baseball world, why there's so much hype and excitement about his eventual arrival in Atlanta.The 20-year-old, who is regarded as the Braves' top prospect (No. 2 in MLB), extended his Spring Training hitting streak to four games
Once again Ronald Acuna Jr. reminded Braves' fans, and the rest of the baseball world, why there's so much hype and excitement about his eventual arrival in Atlanta.
The 20-year-old, who is regarded as the Braves' top prospect (No. 2 in MLB), extended his Spring Training hitting streak to four games and upped his average to .432 as he went 3-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored in the Braves' 6-3 win over the Astros on Sunday.
While Acuna, as he often does, stole the show, A.J. Minter, the Braves' No. 15 prospect, continued his stellar spring as well. The 24-year-old lefty gave up a hit, but struck out the side in a scoreless inning -- keeping his ERA at 0.00 through six appearances.
Other top prospect performances from Sunday's action:
• No. 15 overall prospect Mitch Keller (Pirates No. 1) looked stellar in his Spring Training debut. The right-hander notched a trio of strikeouts and gave up one hit in two scoreless frames.
• No. 23 overall Austin Hays (Orioles No. 2) and teammate Cedric Mullins (Orioles No. 7) combined to go 3-for-4 in Baltimore's 5-4 loss to the Mets. Hays went 1-for-1 with a double, while Mullins, who also stole two bases, went 2-for-3.
• No. 35 overall prospect Scott Kingery (Phillies No. 2) continued to impress with another multihit effort. The 23-year-old went 2-for-4 and is now slashing .378/.410/.676. The versatile prospect also made his first start at third base and showed he is certainly capable of playing the position.
• No. 60 overall prospect Jesus Luzardo (Athletics No. 2) put together a solid outing in his second Spring Training appearance. The lefty, who has yet to allow a run, kept White Sox hitters off-balance for 2 1/3 innings as he yielded two hits and struck out two. Sheldon Neuse, the A's No. 11 prospect, provided plenty of offense, going 2-for-3 with five RBIs. Neuse drove in three runs via a homer in the fourth and then hit a two-run single in the fifth.
• Dodgers No. 12 prospect Edwin Rios hit his third homer of Spring Training in a split-squad loss to the Brewers. Rios, who is hitting .423 this spring, went 1-3 with a solo blast.
• Indians No. 20 prospect Eric Haase showed off his power with his third homer, a grand slam, in a 11-4 win over the Cubs. Haase, who finished 1-for-3, cleared the bases with a mammoth homer over the right-field wall in the third inning.
• Marlins No. 9 prospect Brian Anderson and No. 19 Joe Dunand showed off their power with a trio of extra-base hits, including a pair of homers, in a loss to the Yankees. Anderson, who is heating up after a slow start, went 2-for-3 with a double, homer and two RBIs, while Dunand hit a solo homer in his only at-bat.
• Reds No. 19 prospect Alex Blandino bumped his Spring Training average to .387 with a pair of hits in a win over the D-backs. Blandino, who finished 2-for-3, scored a run and drove one in via a second-inning triple.
William Boor is a reporter for MLB Pipeline. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor.