Top prospect Ronald Acuna set to join Braves in Cincinnati

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Acuna, called up from Triple-A Gwinnett, moved into the Braves' lineup batting sixth and playing left field Wednesday night in Cincinnati.

The stats on Acuña's homer really got Braves fans excited - a 416 foot bomb with a 106 miles per hour exit velocity.

He has made an immediate impact.

It went directly to a Braves fan who proceeded to run around in jubilation.

Reds: 3B Eugenio Suarez is 1 for 5 with a double and two walks in the first two games of his rehab assignment with Triple-A Louisville.

BC-BBN-Braves-Reds, 348Acuna, Albies homer as Braves win 7-4, drop Reds to 5-20AP Photo OHJM105, OHJM106, OHJM205, OHJM207Eds: APNewsNow. But this was likely Atlanta's play all along, for Acuna to bide his time in the minors (no matter his numbers) until he could be added to the major league roster with an extra season (2024) of organizational control.

Albies' fifth-inning home run was his seventh of the season.

Acuna got off to a slow start at Triple-A Gwinnett this season after his red-hot spring, hitting.215/.301/.277 with one home run through 73 plate appearances.

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Overall, Acuna slashed.325/.374/.522 with 21 homers, 31 doubles, eight triples and 44 steals across three minor league levels in 2017 - and he did so all before turning 20 years of age this past December.

Bailey hasn't faced Atlanta since the 2014 season, mostly because of multiple injuries.

The Braves tied the game at 4 in the eighth against Shackelford. The Braves' ace has been sharp in three straight starts, and he is carrying a 4.00 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP to go with a 1-1 record in 27 innings logged. With that said, you have a pair of starting pitchers in Teheran who has only allowed three runs in his last 19 innings, and Nola who hasn't given up more than two runs in any start this season.

Reds: Hard-luck RHP Homer Bailey (0-3, 3.68), whose ERA is the best of Cincinnati's starters, is due to start the final game of Cincinnati's brief four-game homestand.

Newcomb faced the Reds on August 20 of last season, pitching five shutout innings during an 8-1 Braves win. Scott Schebler and Billy Hamilton were 1-for-2 against him, while Scooter Gennett was 0-for-3 and Joey Votto was 0-for-1. But in the second inning of Thursday's game against the Cincinnati Reds, Acuña delivered a blast that was decidedly not quiet.

"It's fun to watch", Braves manager Brian Snitker said.

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