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Prospects On Deck: SS Luisangel Acuña – Mets

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The New York Mets decided it was time to dump the 2023 season, call it a loss and start building up prospects for the future.  One prospect that seems to be a great pick up, especially if he is anything like or better than his brother Ronald Acuña Jr, is Luisangel Acuña.

The younger Acuña was a Texas Rangers top prospect before being sent to the Mets on Sunday for Max Scherzer.

Acuña started his professional baseball career in 2019, when he played 51 games in the Dominican Summer League and batted .342 (69 for 202), with 61 runs, 11 doubles, three triples, two home runs, 29 RBIs, 34 BBs, and 17 stolen bases.

After the lost season of 2020, Acuña was sent to Low A Ball for the 2021 season, and through 111 games, he batted .266 (110 for 413), scored 77 runs, had 15 doubles, three triples, 12 home runs, 74 RBIs, 49 BBs and 44 stolen bases. The younger Acuña started the season with a hot bat, but then went hitless for nine straight games and finished his first month in the states batting just .165, with two home runs and 11 RBIs. But a new month, and most likely reaching a comfort level, Acuña enjoyed a seven game hitting streak to start and then batted .326, with five doubles, two triples, two home runs, 17 RBIs and 10 stolen bases in the month. The rest of the season Acuña continued to showcase his power and speed and all around talent.

The Rangers moved Acuña to High A Ball to start the 2022 season, and through 54 games he batted .317 (65 for 205), with 45 runs, 10 doubles, eight home runs, 29 RBIs, 34 walks, and 28 stolen bases.  The Caracas, Venezuela native’s hot hitting impressed the organization, so they promoted him to Double A to start the month of August and even though he batted just .247 for the month, he did hit safely in 15 of the 23 games he played in. In 37 games in AA, Acuña batted just .224, but recorded 21 runs scored, six doubles, two triples, three home runs, 18 RBIs, 17 walks, and 12 stolen bases.

Acuña who has been one to learn very quickly, after having to adapt to the AA level in 2022, he started his first month of the AA season in 2023 by batting .319, with six doubles, a triple, home run, 16 RBIs and 10 stolen bases. So far before the trade, he has enjoyed hitting streaks at 7-games, 8-games, 9-games, 11-games, 14-games and currently on a five game hitting streak and is batting .360 in the month of July. He has also hit safely in 17 of 21 games in July, with nine multi-hit games, two of which were 4-hit games.

Now he takes his talents to the Mets and their Double A affiliate, the Binghamton Rumble Ponies.

The pickup looks to be a solid one for the Mets, one that could see Acuña in the majors by next season. The only question is, where does he play?, as they already have Francisco Lindor at shortstop until at least 2031 and Ronny Mauricio waiting his turn to rise to the majors.

Luisangel Acuña will slot into the second spot on the Mets Top Prospect list, followed by Mauricio.

The Mets farm system just gained another hot prospect, but how the Mets use him will be the question all fans will want answered and soon. In the meantime, we will all watch as Acuña gets ready to show Mets fans what he can do. This trade may be better than anyone could have ever hoped for, we just have to wait a year to see the results.

The agony of being a Mets fan.

 

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 managed his Cape Coral 16U Rec Ball team for the past two seasons and on May 13, 2024 they won their league Championship. On May 15th, David started the first ever Legends on Deck 16U Travel Baseball team in SWFL. David's passion is teaching 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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