Everyone knows that evaluating prospects is an inexact science so we shouldn’t poke too much fun at the Kansas City Royals when they passed on the chance to sign Ronald Acuña Jr. back in 2014 because he was “too small.” That is the story that Acuña told during a recent interview. He went on to say that the Braves offered him a deal after watching him play once. I don’t think even the Braves saw Acuña developing into the player he is today but they must have saw something and this is one that they have to be happy that worked out.
Here is a fun one. MLB.com’s Mike Petriello put together each team’s most impactful postseason moment in term of cWPA or Championship Win Probability Added. For the Braves it was Game 7 of the 1992 NLCS and Francisco Cabrera’s walk-off single in the ninth that scored Sid Bream and sent the Braves to the World Series.
Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto updated the status of injured outfielder Mitch Haniger who is recovering from a pair of offseason surgeries. Per Dipoto, Haniger is still limited to walking and exercise at this point and that his ramp-up in activity was always expected to be slow. There is still no timetable at this point for his return.