Best Player: OF Ronald Acuna
After playing just 40 games at low Class A Rome in 2016 due to a broken thumb, Acuna made up for lost time by reaching Triple-A Gwinnett in July. The 19-year-old BA Minor League Player of the Year batted .325/.374/.522 with 21 home runs and 44 stolen bases across three levels.
Early in the season, Acuna said he hoped to turn in a 20-20 performance. Mission accomplished. In fact, he ranked ninth in the minors in steals. He also placed third in the minors with 291 total bases, tied for 15th with 60 extra-base hits, and tied for 20th with 88 runs scored.
The Venezuela native has emerged as the most promising prospect in the Braves organization since Jason Heyward or Andruw Jones before him. He needs to polish some aspects of his game, such as improving his basestealing efficiency and reducing his strikeout rate, but given the rapid adjustments he has made, Acuna has the skill set to be a superstar.