Quick hits: Acuña, Yankees, Marlins, Pirates
In what is certainly a welcome sight brave Fans, star player Ronald Acuña Jr., who watched his teammates win the 2021 World Championship from dugout while rehabilitating a torn ACL, resumed batting practice on the field in his native Venezuela (the session video can be viewed). here, via the Spanish-language baseball news site El Extrabase). Acuña was injured in Miami in July while trying to track down a flyball from a bat Jazz Chisholm In the right corner of the field LoanDepot Park.
While it remains to be seen if (or for how long) the injury may dampen Acuña’s pace or burst, the news is a major milestone in his recovery. We welcome the news, though, though it’s not clear when Acuña will be available, how it will be used when it returns, or what impact that will have on GM Alex Anthopoulos’ plans for the remainder of the Braves’ offseason. Regardless of Acuña’s availability, the Braves face many question marks on the field; Among the four defensive players Anthopoulos acquired around the 2021 trade deadline (Pedersen gameAnd Jorge SolerAnd Eddie Rosario, And Adam Duval), only Duval remains in control for 2022. It is also unclear how the club plans to deal with a return Marcel Ozuna of administrative leave or whether it considers any of its three external prospects (Christian BachAnd Drew Waters, And Michael Harris) ready to do a great job in the league.
Other notes from around the game:
- for every Lindsey Adler of The Athletic, and Yankees He has promoted former Major League Defender (and longtime junior player) Kevin Reese to the position of Vice President of Player Development. Since retiring after spending the 2007 season at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Reese has joined the Yankees as a minor league scout. Prior to this promotion, he had served as a professional scouting manager for Yankee since 2017. In a very small sample (16 board appearances between 2005 and 2006), Reese posted a .385/.500/.385 hitting streak in the Majors.
- the Marlins He announced a series of promotions at the front office, including DJ Svihlik to Senior Manager of Amateur Scouts, Adrian Lorenzo to Senior Manager of International Operations, Jeff Degrout to Manager of Player Development, and Hector Crespo to Manager of Small League Operations. The full list can be found at The club’s official announcement.
- the pirates Announcing the promotion of minor league managers, Reports Kevin Gorman of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Miguel Perez, who managed the Double-A Altoona Curve in 2021, is named manager of Triple-A Indianapolis, and Kieran Mattison, who had previously served as manager of High-A Greensboro Grasshoppers, will move to Altoona in 2022. He spent twelve years as a striker In the Reds system, he achieved success in 3 ABs with the big league club in 2005, while Mathison spent nine years jumping around juniors and independent ball, including stints in the Royals, Indians and Dodgers systems.