Final 2002 Scouting Report: OF, Ronald Acuna

The Mets signed Ronald Acuna as an undrafted free agent from Venezuela in 1996. There appears to be a discrepancy in his age. The Mets list him as 23, but MLB has him at 21. In the latter case, the Mets would have signed at least 2 years too soon. He's also seemed to have undergone a growth spurt. The Mets listed Acuna as 5'11", 195 lbs. in 2001 and at 175 lbs. in other places, the Mets and MLB now list him as 6'4", 225 lbs.

Ronald Acuna (.308, 2, 26) had a solid season playing for Magallanes in 2001-2002. He had 16 extra-base hits in only 153 at bats. He showed a lack of discipline with only 10 BB and 38 K.

Ronald Acuna made substantial progress in improving his patience by drawing 40 BB in 467 AB, while in 2001, he drew only 25 BB in 495 AB. He also improved his ability to make contact. Yet, his 29 extra-base hits underlies his need to improve his power. Acuna stole a combined 39 bases in 52 attempts.

Year

Team

AVG.

AB

Hits

HR

RBI

R

SB

BB

K

OBP

SLG

2002

Binghamton

.208

24

5

0

3

3

1

2

5

.250

.458

2002

St. Lucie

.298

443

132

2

54

67

38

38

74

.365

.375

2001

St. Lucie

.244

119

29

2

13

13

7

6

22

.283

.370

2001

Capital City

.285

376

107

6

62

63

23

19

67

.332

.394


*Stats as of 10/01/02.

Batting and Power. Acuna needs to continue to improve his plate discipline. Acuna clearly has the size to hit for more power. But, he's at an age where he must demonstrate it.

Base Running and Speed. Acuna possesses excellent speed and has made himself into a good base stealer and base runner.

Defense. Acuna has a fine arm and is considered the Mets' top defensive right fielder.

Projection. Until he displays more power, Acuna must be regarded as a marginal prospect.

ETA. N/A.

Corner Outfield Team
Prentice Redman AA - Binghamton Mets
Marvin Seale A - St. Lucie Mets
Alhaji Turay A - Brooklyn Cyclones
Jonathan Slack A - Brooklyn Cyclones
Bobby Malek A - Brooklyn Cyclones
Ender Chavez A - Brooklyn Cyclones
Jamar Hill R - Kingsport Mets


COMMENTS


Bobby Malek, Prentice Redman and Alhaji Turay are the top corner OF prospects. Only Redman's arm is questionable for RF. While corner OF is not yet an organizational strength, it's not the weakness it's been. Turay is the clear star among corner OF. Malek provides the only left-handed power. The switch-hitting Seale might develop more power from the left side over time.

1. Prentice Redman needs to continue to hit in the Arizona Fall League and in AAA to demonstrate that his 2002 season is not a fluke. In the past, there's been some concern about Redman's coachability and balance at the plate.

2. Alhaji Turay is the jewel of the outfield prospects. Turay hits for power to all fields. He needs to improve his plate discipline to be a star, but he has that kind of talent.

3. The Mets used a high draft pick to select Bobby Malek despite knowing that he would need Tommy John surgery. The Mets took a calculated risk to select a more talented collegiate player than would have been available otherwise in the weak 2002 draft. Malek also fit the need for a power hitter from the left side.

4. Jamar Hill is a draft and follow signee from Alaska by way of Santa Ana Junior College in California. He can also play 3B.



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