MLB Logo icon

Career timeline: Ronald Acuña Jr.

This browser does not support the video element.

April 25, 2018: First career hit

Acuña made his much-anticipated MLB debut in Cincinnati and added to the experience by recording his first hit in the Braves’ 5-4 win

This browser does not support the video element.

April 26, 2018: First big blast

Feeling the energy from his debut, Acuña returned the next afternoon to tally his first career homer, a long blast that landed in Great American Ball Park’s second deck

This browser does not support the video element.

May 27, 2018: Big scare

Acuña missed a month with the minor ACL sprain he sustained when he landed awkwardly after sprinting to record an infield single at Fenway Park

This browser does not support the video element.

Aug. 14, 2018: Homers galore

Acuña homered 8 times in 8 games from Aug. 8-14, 2018, tallying a leadoff homer in 4 of 5 games within the stretch

This browser does not support the video element.

Oct. 7, 2018: Grand power

At 20 years old, Acuña became the youngest player in AL/NL history to hit a grand slam in the postseason, taking the Dodgers’ Walker Buehler deep in Game 3 of the 2018 NLDS

April 2, 2019: $$$

Acuña had played just 111 games and was 21 years old when he signed an eight-year, $100 million contract, making him the youngest MLB player to ever receive a $100 million deal

July 9, 2019: First ASG

One night after reaching the semifinals in his first Home Run Derby, Acuña became the youngest Braves player to start an All-Star Game

This browser does not support the video element.

Aug. 23, 2019: 30-30 Club

Acuña joined Mike Trout as the only player to produce a 30-30 season at age 21 or younger, going on to finish the year just 3 stolen bases shy of 40-40

This browser does not support the video element.

Sept. 25, 2020: Incredible power

Acuña’s 495-foot leadoff homer against the Red Sox was the longest home run of the 2020 season and the longest ball ever hit at Truist Park

July 10, 2021: Unfortunate injury

Acuña was a top MVP candidate before he tore his right ACL while attempting to field a ball along the warning track in Miami

April 28, 2022: The return

Acuña returned from major knee surgery and, 6 weeks later, he received more votes than any other NL player in All-Star balloting

This browser does not support the video element.

Nov. 29, 2022: Home Run love

Acuña was mobbed by fans who rushed the field after he won a home run derby in his native Venezuela