It is like the Hota Junjok representing the major leagues. At the beginning of the season, he had a foot fight with Bae Ji-hwan (24, Pittsburgh Pirates), but now he is competing with Giancarlo Stanton (34, New York Yankees) and Aaron Judge (31, Yankees).스포츠토토
Ronald Acuña Jr. (26, Atlanta Braves), the main character, started as the first hitter in right field in the 2023 Major League Baseball game held at True Park in Atlanta, Georgia, USA on the 11th (Korean time).
On that day, Acuña stormed the Washington mound with three hits, including a home run. In particular, at the end of the second inning, when the team was leading 3-1, he entered his second at-bat from second out and third base. He caught opposing starter Mackenzie Gore’s curveball and hit a two-run home run over right-center.
The ball flew 413 feet (about 125.8 m) with a launch angle of 20 degrees and a speed of 112.6 miles (about 181.2 km) per hour. The team ran away with the score 5-1 with this home run. The final result, including the home run, was 3 hits in 4 at-bats (1 home run), 3 RBIs and 2 runs scored, contributing to the team’s 6-4 victory.
▲ Acuña Jr. competed with Bae Ji-hwan on quick feet, and now he is competing against giants like Stanton and Judge.
This year, Acuña is showing the best performance after six seasons of his big league debut. Following his already proven slugging power and fast main power, he even survived to sophistication. He has a batting average of .333 (86 hits in 258 at-bats), 13 homers, and 37 RBIs in 64 games, and an OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage) of 0.975. He has a batting average of 30% and a slugging percentage of over 50%, and he is one of only a handful of players with double-digit stolen bases. Even in the league as a whole, Acuña Jr. and Corbin Carroll (23, Arizona Diamondbacks) are all. As much as that, he is performing outstandingly in all of his hitting, slugging power, and main power.
Just this season alone, Acuña Junior competed with Bae Ji-hwan for first and second place in stealing bases in the National League right after the opening. However, as the season progressed, he began to struggle with the giants representing the league. Usually, players with good long hitting power are not quick on their feet, so his performance with both long hitting and main weapons is attracting attention.
Reporter Sara Reims of MLB.com, the official homepage of the Major League Baseball, posted on her personal SNS after the game, “Acuña Jr. hit her 29th home run with a batting speed of 112 miles per hour (approximately 180.2 km) after the 2019 season. It is the second most all-time record, behind Judge (34) and Stanton (31).”
According to ‘MLB.com’, Acuña Jr. is recording an excellent pace to record 30 (home run)-60 (steal base) for the first time in both leagues this year. I wonder how he will end 2023, having an all-time great season.
◆League representative ‘Hotajunjok’ Acuña Junior’s career record
578 games batting average 0.284 (636 hits in 2241 bats) 133 homers 333 RBIs OPS 0.897