Griffey Jr. hit 630 bombs in the majors and made 13 All-Star teams, but when he was Soto's age, his .300/.366/.481 slash line and power numbers (22 homers, 80 RBI) paled in comparison. Albies jumped in the prospect ratings to become Baseball America's 11th-best and's 12th-best in the game heading into the 2017 season. He led the league with 12 doubles and impressed at second base. Free Agent: 2026, More Ozzie Albies Pages at Baseball Reference, 2020 Braves (Admittedly, it’s unclear precisely how future markets will respond to lost revenue related to the coronavirus-forced hiatus). Albies racked up eleven defensive runs saved in 2019, bringing him to 28 runs above-average for his career by that metric. They are taking a gamble as well. Win Expectancy, Run Expectancy, and Leverage Index calculations provided by Tom Tango of, and co-author of The Book: Playing the Percentages in Baseball. Why? This wasn’t a front office taking a gamble on an unknown, unheralded player they loved. You can win big with kids, the way the 2016 Cubs won a World Series with 22-year-old shortstop Addison Russell or the way the Astros won a year later with Carlos Correa, who had just turned 23. [1][2][3] His father died in 2013 of a heart attack, aged 40. It's true of Acuna, solidly built and six feet tall, but also of Albies, even though he is just 5'8". Alvarez showed significant potential for Houston a year ago. Reyes remembers Ronald Sr. talking about his son, who was just four years old when they were teammates with the 2002 St. Lucie Mets. "Right away when we met, we were good with each other.". Albies was in no way a negative offensive player. AA telling us how they couldn’t match the Donaldson deal was comical. Well that’s even worse than incompetence. Always free! He hit just one in his first two seasons, then six in 618 plate appearances in 2016. He has neither homered nor stole a … Kind of like now. Reyes got to know Acuna in the years that followed, having remained close friends with the boy's father. He set a rookie record with 53 homers, and his 120 RBI were four short of New York's franchise record. As someone who feels the owners do the players wrong far too frequently, I don’t take huge issue with this for that reason. Just a neat kid.". wrapped in an enigma….. Meadows was the No. Albies, who was under team control through 2023 prior to the deal, received a $1MM salary in 2019. Indeed, as Steve explored at the time, a $50MM guarantee would have been more in line with deals signed by comparable players in the 1+ service class, including Christian Yelich and Andrelton Simmons. They're exciting. Ozzie Albies’s New Deal Could Be the Worst an MLB Player Has Ever Signed. That can change in a hurry if the Braves miss on a huge money free agent deal. And while the Braves may not have the pitching to win a World Series right now, they find themselves atop the National League East in part because of Acuna and especially Albies, who may have been the best player in the entire league in April. However, he excelled in 2019 with a .295/.352/.500 line and hit 24 home runs in consecutive seasons. The number of extension years seems a bit unnecessary but it’s nice to see players getting paid when they’re younger and more productive.    vs. LAD 2 AB, 0 H, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 SB, Rookie Status: With that in mind, lets look at 20 current young stars and their historical comparisons. The former top prospect had compiled a .272/.323/.456 line (107 wRC+) through his first 977 MLB plate appearances. He hasn’t expressed any public regret since. He made under $1 million for 13 of those years, and made $4 million in each of the final 2 years. Guerrero Jr. was the talk of spring training last March, and while the Jays left him in AAA until late April, that was only done for service time considerations. Acuna Jr. is well on his way to becoming the Trout of the National League. First of all, shouts out to Ozzie for having what looks to be an entire suitcase full of pearly white baseballs. As a rookie in Oakland in 1987, McGwire hit 49 homers and drove in 118 runs. That’s looking out for their agency more than their client. He played in 160 games and hit .295/.352/.500 (117 wRC+) with an NL-best 189 hits. Eric Chesterton He's worth watching, and Ronald Sr.'s other three sons may be worth watching, as well. Loves to play. [29], Albies was again invited to spring training at the start of the 2017 season. [10] He made his professional debut in 2014 with the Gulf Coast Braves and joined the Danville Braves in July. Even for opponents. McNeil is better than Ozzie and we pay him close to to nothing, Ok? 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