Winter Leagues

Winter Leagues: Francisco Acuna Already Brings a Lot to the Table for a Young Player

Acuna is one of the youngest players in the Colombian winter league. Photo Credit: Wilbur Miller
Winter Leagues: Francisco Acuna Already Brings a Lot to the Table for a Young Player
John Dreker

Just one game on Monday night around all of winter ball, so we are going to go a little in depth about a prospect from Colombia.

In the only game on Monday, Starling Marte went 3-for-5 with his third double and two stolen bases. He now has five steals this winter in five attempts. Marte is hitting .233/.293/.378 through 24 games and has reached base safely eight times in his last three games.

On Sunday in Colombia, Francisco Acuna went 2-for-3 with a double, a hit-by-pitch and a sacrifice bunt. Through 22 games, the 17-year-old shortstop is hitting .254/.390/.343, with four doubles, a triple and 11 walks.

Acuna played winter ball in Colombia last year before he played his first game as a pro. At 16 years old, he was playing around much more experienced players, yet he was holding ...

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Winter Leagues
John Dreker

John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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