For those of us who were at the La Guaria Forum last Thursday, November 16, that date will be unforgettable, after all, how many times was or could you see the debut in a season of a player who a few minutes ago received the investiture as one of the two Most Valuable Players (MVP) of the Great Leagues, who was unanimously chosen for more and in that same game he hit a home run?
The circumstances were so special that it is hardly something that consecutive generations can attest to or not.
But the truth of the matter is that Ronald Acuña Jr. arrived causing a high impactnot only for his La Guaira Sharks but for the entire Venezuelan Professional Baseball League (LVBP).
Here we remember what a good friend, who knows a lot of baseball and who worked on this circuit for several years, said at the end of that night: “The kid is plenty in the Majors, not to mention here.”
That appreciation could be observed in the numbers left by the franchise player of the Atlanta Braves in those first 3 games., where he went 7 for 14 with 2 home runs, 5 runs, 3 RBIs, 13 bases reached, 2 walks and a strikeout for a .500 average, .588 on-base percentage, .929 slugging percentage and 1.517 OPS. Plain and simple, out of this world, from normal statistical trends.
One point that stood out was the intensity with which Ronald’s son took those first steps in the 2023/2024 tournament., were evident signs of a high commitment to the Guairista cause, which requires their contribution in the face of the serious problems that their pitching showed particularly in the last 2 weeks. That dedication was also seen in his defensive contribution.
The most important thing is that Sharks with him in the lineup came out with a 2-1 winning record. The positive consequences collectively ultimately have greater value.
However, In his foray last year Acuña Jr. in 10 games left .441 in average.513 OBP, .647 slugging percentage, 1.160 OPS, 2 home runs, 1 double, 10 plate strikes, 6 teammates taken to the register and he reached 22 bases.
The level of his game evolved in an obvious way, so let’s ask ourselves: What reach will his statistics have in this competition?