The Appalachian League named their season All-Star team on Friday night and Francisco Acuna of the Bristol Pirates was named as the second baseman on the squad.
Acuna is batting .301/.368/.446 through 49 games this year. He has 19 doubles and nine stolen bases. He leads the league in doubles, ranks seventh in average and tenth in stolen bases. Acuna struggled last year in the GCL, where he put up a .593 OPS in 36 games, but he held his own this off-season in the Colombia Winter League, which is a higher level of play than the Appalachian League.
It’s interesting that they named him as the second baseman because he’s only played four games at second base this year and a total of 25 games there during his three-year career. The 19-year-old Acuna has made 38 starts at shortstop this season, while also seeing time at third base and left field.