Ronald Acuna Is Quietly Getting Better And Thats Scary

When the Los Angeles Dodgers take on the Atlanta Braves for a three-game series starting tonight, all eyes will be on a precocious young star who’s taken his game to the next level early this season. We are, of course, talking about L.A.’s Cody Bellinger … right? Certainly Bellinger has been great so far, and he was just named the National League’s player of the month for April. But “precocious young star” could also fit Bellinger’s counterpart on the Braves: Ronald Acuña Jr. Acuña’s ongoing development as a superstar hasn’t gotten as much attention as Bellinger’s, particularly during his recent slump and injury absence over the weekend, but Atlanta’s 21-year-old left fielder is showing important signs of improvement, too, despite surface-level numbers that can’t match those of his Dodger rival.Acuña’s 2018 rookie season already put him in the history books. After being held down in Triple-A until April 25, he posted the 10th-best adjusted on-base plus slugging (OPS+) of any player age 20 or younger in a season since 1901,1Minimum 450 plate appearances. edging out fellow NL East outfielder Juan Soto in the process, and he had the 14th-most wins above replacement2Averaging together the WAR versions found at Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs. per game3Minimum 100 games. of any 20-or-under hitter over the same span, besting Bryce Harper, Ken Griffey Jr. and Willie Mays. 20Vada Pinson195920129Mel Ott192819.032 Min. 450 plate appearances for OPS+ leaders and 100 games for WAR/G leadersSources: Baseball-Reference.com, FanGraphs 18Tony Conigliaro196520133Bryce Harper201320.033 1Mike Trout201220168Mike Trout201220.074 12Frank Robinson195620143Manny Machado201320.037 3Mel Ott192920165Mel Ott192920.051 15Ken Griffey Jr.199020136Bryce Harper201219.034 10Ronald Acuña Jr.201820145Jason Heyward201020.039 6Alex Rodriguez199620161Mickey Mantle195220.046 9Jimmie Foxx192820148Jimmie Foxx192820.040 5Mickey Mantle195220162Ted Williams193920.046 7Ted Williams193920160Ty Cobb190720.046 Adj. on-base plus sluggingWins above replacement per game 4Al Kaline195520162Al Kaline195520.051 11Juan Soto201819143Vada Pinson195920.038 14Mel Ott192819139Ronald Acuña Jr.201820.035 Ronald Acuña Jr.’s rookie year was historicFor MLB hitters age 20 or younger in a season since 1901, greatest adjusted on-base plus slugging and wins above replacement per game At a glance, Acuña’s early 2019 numbers actually represent a slight downgrade from that stellar rookie campaign. His OPS+ has dipped from 145 to 134, thanks to a big decline in slugging percentage (.552 to .487). Relatedly, Acuña is hitting home runs less frequently, and his isolated power is down nearly 70 points. It looks sure like a mild sophomore slump — albeit one we should all be so lucky to have.Under the surface, however, Acuña has made some impressive strides this year in two important areas: plate discipline and defense.Acuña’s 2018 walk rate of 9.2 percent was already better than league average — particularly impressive considering the whole “20-year-old rookie” factor — but his 2019 rate is up to 12.7 percent, which ranks 35th in baseball. He’s seeing more pitches (4.61 per plate appearance, second-most in baseball) and consistently getting into good hitter’s counts more often than he did a year ago. At the same time, Acuña has been whiffing a lot less so far in 2019. He struck out in 25.3 percent of his plate appearances last season, which ranked him around the bottom quarter of MLB hitters, but this year that rate is down to 21.8 percent, comfortably in the top half of the league.Those changes give Acuña an overall strikeout-to-walk ratio of 1.72, which is the second-lowest in baseball for a hitter his age. Since a player’s batting eye is a core leading indicator for his underlying hitting skills, Acuña’s improved strike-zone judgment is a great sign of his ongoing development at the plate.The other area in which Acuña has improved is defense. We combined the Ultimate Zone Rating figures found at FanGraphs and the Defensive Runs Saved numbers at Baseball-Reference.com and found that Acuña was no better than an average outfielder last season. (And he might have been worse than that — another prominent metric, Michael Humphreys’ Defensive Regression Analysis, considered him to be 3 runs below average.) This season, Acuña’s numbers are up no matter which source you consult; he’s on pace to have improved by about 10 runs — or 1 entire win — if he ends up playing the same number of innings as in 2018.4Which probably undersells his potential improvement, because Acuña was limited to 111 games last year between injuries and Atlanta’s service-time chicanery.The advanced fielding stats may just be catching up with what the eye test already knew about Acuña’s defensive potential. FanGraphs’ annual poll of fan fielding assessments had already judged Acuña to be one of the most talented left fielders in the game last season, thanks to his tremendous first step and speed to the ball off the bat. But now that he’s putting those skills to use in the metrics, Acuña’s potential value looks even greater: Per 162 team games, he’s tracking for 7.0 WAR this season, which basically matches what Ken Griffey Jr. and Albert Pujols had at the same age.Acuña’s dip in power this year is a bit puzzling, particularly since his Statcast hitting metrics — including exit velocity, hard-hit ball rate and “barrels” (balls hit with the ideal velocity and launch angle) — are also down across the board. Some of that might come down to the injury that kept him out of Sunday’s game: “It’s been on and off,” Acuña told reporters through an interpreter after picking up four hits but exiting Saturday’s game early. “I’ve felt it for a while, so it wasn’t today. Today, it just kind of grabbed at me after I had a quick swing like that and got out of the box pretty quickly. That’s when I felt it. But I felt good coming into today, as always.”But assuming his back isn’t an ongoing issue, Acuña should get plenty more pitches to crush as the season goes on, given his improved willingness to wait out favorable counts. Acuña may not be launching balls out of the park left and right like Bellinger at the moment — he hasn’t homered since April 16, in fact — but the foundation of his game still has superstardom stamped into it as much as ever. 2Ty Cobb190720167Alex Rodriguez199620.064 19Jason Heyward201020131Willie Mays195120.032 17Bryce Harper201320133Ken Griffey Jr.199020.033 16Sherry Magee190520134Sherry Magee190520.034 13Dick Hoblitzell190920143Rogers Hornsby191620.037 PlayerYearAgeOPS+PlayerYearAgeWAR/G 8Rogers Hornsby191620151Frank Robinson195620.041 read more

New policy to make scholarship selection more transparent

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #moretransparencyinTCIscholarshipselections, #TCIscholarshipselection Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, July 18, 2017 – Providencilaes – Government says it wants to reduce any perception or chance of bias and make it clear how money is awarded for higher education with the announcement that a new scholarship policy is activated.   The law, established in 2011 had its amendments approved at the House of Assembly by June 30 and now the goal of coming changes are laid bare to the public and it is hoped that the changes will reduce complaints and accusations about who and how and why people are awarded scholarships and educational grants.Eight distinctive areas are highlighted as ready to be altered in the law including an enlargement of the approved institutions list and a stipulation that the institution has to be properly accredited.    There will be a further breakdown of which institutions are approved for full or partial scholarships, says TCIG.  The policy promises to better define categories for areas of study and to better explain whether the area is eligible for full, partial, scholarship, grants or distance learning.When it comes to grants, there will be a cap on how many can be given per student and how much is given at all.    Ambiguity on what performance standards are expected to earn educational support from Government and for students to keep their scholarships will be a thing of the past, the policy will make room now for those standards to be clearly established.    And when it comes to the most controversial area, traditionally, for the National Scholarship Committee, there will be greater transparency of the awards process.   A mechanism will be devised for equity or fairness to be done and for it to appear to have been done with each scholarship winner.#MagneticMediaNews#TCIscholarshipselection#moretransparencyinTCIscholarshipselections Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Illegal Migrants warned leave or face deportation stop listed says Minister

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, July 28, 2017 – Providenciales – Some people are forecasting that the recent bold announcement by Border Control Minister, Deputy Premier Sean Astwood will see an exodus of hundreds of migrant workers who are in country illegally; others doubt the PDM Government will actually be able to do what it says.    Notwithstanding the latter thought, in the House of Assembly yesterday there was a firm promise by the DP that anyone without work permits, including expired ones will be deported and put on a stop list and he has given those who fall into this category, 14 days to voluntarily leave the Turks and Caicos Islands.The Deputy Premier says the cost of illegal migrants in the country is becoming too heavy a burden to bear, and the hammer will drop by August 15 for those in the Turks and Caicos without proper status.    The law will not only deal with the person who is here illegally, but will deal with those condoning it as employers were also warned by Deputy Premier Astwood.Additionally, there will be a freeze on visitor visas for people from certain countries, though those countries were not named and it was shared that Government knows they are not only looking for foreigners engaged in human smuggling, but locals as well.#MagneticMediaNews#illegalmigrantswarnedtoleaveTCI Related Items:#illegalmigrantswarnedtoleaveTCI, #magneticmedianewslast_img read more

Rodrygo bracing up to be the best for Madrid

first_imgReal Madrid seems to have landed another top youngster in the mould of Rodrygo Goes considering the player’s scintillating form in the ongoing South American Under-20 Championship.Rodrygo, 18, not resting on his laurels further acknowledged he ‘has to show he is the best player on the pitch’ and ‘to be decisive in matches’.The Brazilian celebrated his 18th birthday earlier this month and helped his nation defeat Venezuela in the South American Under-20 Championship.“I cannot be just another player, I have to wear number 10 shirt,” Rodrygo told reporters, as cited by Marca.“I have to show that I am able to be decisive in matches, to be the best player on the pitch.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“The important thing is for the team to qualify and to win matches, but I am happy on a personal level to score two goals.”Rodrygo will leave Santos – whom he has made 60 first-team appearances for despite his youth – in his native Brazil to join Madrid in July after the two club’s struck a €45m deal last summer.Rodrygo at the double for Brazil in the #SudamericanoSub20 tonight as they beat Venezuela 2-1. Two brilliant goals from the future #RealMadrid player.🇧🇷⚽️🔥 pic.twitter.com/crDVO4yw90— Yellow & Green Football (@football_yellow) January 22, 2019last_img read more

We Got Your Back Backpack Program Aids Underprivileged Students

first_imgWe had first lady of San Diego and “One San Diego” executive director Katherine Faulconer, and San Diego Unified School District superintendent Cindy Marten in studio to tell us about it. July 31, 2018 Posted: July 31, 2018 KUSI Newsroom We Got Your Back Backpack Program Aids Underprivileged Students 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A local non-profit program called “We Got Your Back Backpack Program” is getting kids ready for school. Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, About 6,000 students in the district experienced homelessness last school year. The program collected over 32-hundred backpacks for underprivileged students. last_img read more

New Security Rules Add Hurdle for Visitors to Camp Pendleton

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Visitors coming to Camp Pendleton for reasons other than business or employment will need to register in advance for a background check that can take up to seven days.The change won’t affect workers on the base or military personnel, but those coming to take advantage of the Southern California installation’s recreational amenities — including the popular bike trail that runs along Interstate 5 — will need to register.The new policy tightening access was not prompted by any particular threat; rather it’s a response to incidents around the world, said base spokesman Carl Redding.“We periodically do a security review,” Redding told the San Diego Union-Tribune. “Based on various events, we decided to make this change now.”The main impact of the new rules will be to prevent people making social visits from showing up at the last minute. Local tourism officials said the change shouldn’t present a significant hurdle for the community.“[People] will still be able to get on base to enjoy those amenities. But there is a process that they have to follow,” said Leslee Gaul, president of Visit Oceanside. “Visitors will no longer be able to get on base last minute.”Huge annual events, such as the World Famous Mud Run in June, won’t be affected by the new policy, according to Redding.last_img read more