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Braves News: Acuna optioned to minor league camp

The Braves made the leap on Monday, optioning top prospect Ronald Acuna to minor league camp, thereby confirming that he will begin the season in Triple-A.

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BRAVES NEWS

Ronald Acuña Jr. gets reassigned to minor league camp

The Braves did on Monday what everyone, including Acuna himself, believed they would, sending the game’s top prospect to minor league camp. By optioning Acuna, the club confirms its intention to have him begin the regular season in the minor leagues, which allows them to control him through the 2024 season. As the Cubs did in the Kris Bryant saga in 2015, the Braves received a lot of backlash for manipulating the service time of a player who could very well be the best player on the team right now. The criticism is, of course, more a reflection on the system itself rather than the Braves, who are simply taking advantage of the rules in place to gain a competitive advantage.

For those who disagree with the move on the basis of Acuna being ready now and needing to help the Braves immediately, the question really boils down to this: Would you rather have Acuna in Atlanta for the first two weeks of his rookie season or the entirety of his seventh season?

Teheran’s tune-up terrific, Braves blank Blue Jays 6-0

Braves officially name Julio Teheran their Opening Day starter

The Braves got a strong start from Julio Teheran on Monday, as the veteran right-hander went six-plus innings, allowing no runs, four hits, and one walk while striking out six. Offensively, the Braves got two hits each from Nick Markakis and Ozzie Albies, whose triple in the first off Aaron Sanchez set up Freddie Freeman to drive in the game’s first run on sacrifice fly.

After the game, manager Brian Snitker confirmed that Teheran would start on Opening Day for a fifth consecutive time. The honor comes as no surprise, as Teheran is the longest-tenured member of the organization and has been a cornerstone of the franchise for the better part of his career.

Ranking All 30 Of MLB’s Ballparks: First To Worst

The Braves drew rave reviews in most circles for the design and integration of their new ballpark in 2017. Those rave reviews do not, however, extend to Maury Brown of Forbes, who ranked SunTrust Park 18th in baseball on Monday. Such a low ranking seems odd given that the ballpark is brand new, but then again, Brown ranks Wrigley Field tenth, two spots behind Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City. Whatever.

MLB NEWS

Justin Turner breaks wrist, out indefinitely

The Dodgers lost a significant piece of their lineup on Monday, as third baseman Justin Turner was struck on the wrist by a Kendall Graveman fastball, resulting in a fracture that could keep the All-Star on the disabled list for an extended period of time. The Braves experienced a similar fate last season, as Freddie Freeman missed significant time after being struck on the wrist with a pitch.

Mark it down: These things will happen in 2018

Mike Petriello of MLB.com lays out seven things that will occur in the 2018 season. Take a look at some of the recent trends in the game that are expected to continue, including the push for higher launch angle, the lack of everyday catchers, and the infinite power of the New York Yankees.

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