On Saturday night in Colombia, Francisco Acuna saw his season end as his team lost 3-1, eliminating them from the round robin playoff tournament. His team finished in first place during the regular season, but managed to win just two games in the round robin tournament, where three teams played eight games each.
Acuna was his team's starting shortstop all season, then lost the job as the playoffs started, though by game four he was back in the lineup. He went 4-for-14 at the plate in the round robin, with one walk, one run scored and one RBI. He handled all 19 chances in the field without an error. Acuna, who turned 18 years old on Friday, had a .243/.374/.322 slash line in 38 regular season games. He should be the starting shortstop for the GCL Pirates in 2018.
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