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Prospects on Deck: INF Luisangel Acuña – Mets

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When you think of the name Acuña in the game of baseball, the first thing that comes to the minds of fans is Ronald Acuña Jr. The 2018 NL Rookie of the Year, 4-time All Star, 2023 NL MVP, and 2021 World Series Champion, has just about done it all for the Atlanta Braves and at just 26 years old, has many more years to break records and become one of the greats in the game.

As exciting as he has been, there is another Acuña starting to make waves in baseball, and it’s his younger brother Luisangel Acuña .

The younger Acuña signed an international free agent contract with the Texas Rangers in 2018, and in 2019 showcased his talents in the Dominican Summer League by batting .342, with 11 doubles, three triples, two home runs, 29 RBIs and 17 stolen bases through 51 games.

After the cancellation of the 2020 season, Luisangel started the 2021 season with the Down East Wood Ducks, Low A for Texas, and put on a display of pure talent as he launched 15 doubles, hit three triples, along with 12 home runs, 74 RBIs and stole 44 bases over 111 games.

During the 2022 season, Luisangel spent time between High A and Double A and combined he batted .277, with 16 doubles, two triples, 11 home runs, 47 RBIs and 40 stolen bases through 91 games. He spent less time in Double A then he did in High A (54 games), but in comparison, he has continued to excel at each level he is sent to.

The 2023 season was a special one for the Texas Rangers, but in order to get the final prize, they had to give up something valuable, and Luisangel Acuna was the piece to that puzzle as they traded him at midseason to the New York Mets for Max Scherzer. With the Mets heading in the wrong direction, it was a deal that Texas just could not to pass up on.

Prior to the departure from the only organization he had played for, Acuña was batting .315, with 25 doubles, two triples, seven home runs, drove in 51 runs and stole 42 bases through 84 Double A games. After the trade, Luisangel was sent to play with the Mets Double A team and in 37 games, he batted .243, with three doubles no triples, two home ruins, 12 RBIs and 15 stolen bases.  But do not let the down numbers fool you, that was just the younger Acuña getting used to his new surroundings.

The Mets invited their 2023 #1 Top Prospect and #66 overall for the MLB, to spring training and in eight at bats, Luisangel recorded three hits, going 2 for 3 on February 26 and 1 for 2 on February 29th, before being sent back to Minor League camp on March 3rd. He will now get back to working with his fellow minor league prospects on his skills that should land him in New York sometime this summer.

The path to the majors for Luisangel is somewhat similar to his older brother Ronald, as both brothers dominated the minor leagues in four seasons. Ronald had a monster first season in the majors in 2018, and Luisangel can follow the same path and possibly be even better than his sibling.

The Mets have a star in the making and hopefully they don’t hold him back in his development and keep the door wide open and allow him the opportunity to shine. Unfortunately, they have a tendency of holding back guys way too long, which results in stunting their growth.

With Ronny Mauricio not expected back with the club for a good portion of the season, after he tore his ACL during the past Dominican Winter League season, Luisangel Acuña should get an opportunity in the first half of the season to help sure up an infield that can use a spark at the plate and on the field.

The 2024 season should be the time to have another Acuña in the majors. Let’s Go Mets – Make it happen!

David is the Co-Founder and Executive Editor of Legends On Deck®, as well as a Co-Host on Legends On Deck Podcast. David was a Senior Editor for MetsMerizedOnline.com, MetsMinors.net and Contributor for Hardballchat.com that spanned from 2010 to 2014. David made his MLB Debut as a writer in June 2014, while covering the NY Mets at Citi Field, for MetsmerizedOnline.com. David also coaches baseball for ages 13-15, a Babe Ruth League team in his local community. David's passion is coaching the game he loves to the future Legends of Tomorrow as well as making available a website that people can have fun sharing and reading. David is also passionate about his career as a Mortgage Loan Officer which allows him to help many families reach their dreams of owning a home. Connect with David via his Social Media pages as he loves to chat all about baseball.

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