The votes are in, the announcement has been made and Ronald Acuña Jr. is the 2018 Rookie of the Year in the National League. Nationals’ outfielder Juan Soto and Dodgers pitcher Walker Buehler were also finalists.
The Braves’ delayed Acuña’s arrival until the end of April and he overcame a month-long stint on the disabled list due to a knee injury but put up an incredible second half to help lead Atlanta to the NL East title.
Acuna received 27 of the 30 first-place votes. Soto got two first-place votes and 26 second-place votes. Buehler received the other first-place vote. https://t.co/D1EB7KnYTe— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) November 12, 2018
Acuña appeared in 111 games hitting .293/.366/.552 with 26 home runs overall. He took off after the All-Star break hitting .322/.403/.625 with 19 homers, 15 doubles and four triples. A move to the leadoff spot in the batting order helped jump start the Braves’ offense and Acuña delivered a franchise record with eight leadoff home runs. Acuña was worth 3.7 fWAR on the season which was third best on the team behind Freddie Freeman and Ozzie Albies.
The Braves’ last Rookie of the Year winner was Craig Kimbrel in 2011. Acuña is Atlanta’s fourth NL Rookie of the Year winner since 1990 joining Kimbrel, Rafael Furcal and David Justice.