This article is part of our Minor League Barometer series.
The longer Ronald Acuna hits this way, the more likely it becomes that the Braves will decide to promote him when rosters expand in September. The teenaged phenom is not on the 40-man roster, but that may be the only thing standing in his way at this point. Nearly 40 games into his Triple-A stint, the 19-year-old Acuna is slashing .355/.417/.618 with eight home runs, 23 RBI and four stolen bases. Acuna's power stroke has developed much quicker than anyone anticipated, as he's bashed 20 home runs across three levels in 2017. With 37 steals and a superb batting average, Acuna has little left to prove in the minors. The Braves have been aggressive with their prospects in the past, with both positive and negative results. The team doesn't want to ruin any of his confidence should he struggle with the big club in September, and may end up deciding to wait until 2018 for his MLB debut. That being said, if he comes to the bigs and continues to rake, the excitement will be difficult to quell in A-Town.
Here are some other prospects worth keeping an eye on down the stretch of the 2017 campaign.
Brent Honeywell, P, TB – Other than Acuna, Honeywell is the player I've been getting the most questions on regarding a possible September call-up. Over his last 10 starts, the 22-year-old righty has a 2.26 ERA and 73:14 K:BB in 55.2 innings. So what does Honeywell have left to prove? When