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Ronald Acuna Jr., who finished the 2016 Division Championship winning season with 26 homers, 16 steals and a .552 slugging percentage, was named the the 2018 winner of the National League's Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Award on Monday, beating out Nationals outfielder Juan Soto and Dodgers right-hander Walker Buehler.

Acuna debuted on April 25 and the Braves won seven of the first eight games of his career, going from 3 1/2 games out to 1 1/2 games up in the NL East during that span. The 20-year-old left fielder endured some growing pains and missed a month when he sprained his left anterior cruciate ligament on May 27. But his presence was certainly felt during the second half. Atlanta turned a half-game deficit into a two-game lead as it went 12-4 while Acuna tallied an MLB-best nine homers and a 1.357 OPS from July 31-Aug. 15.

Who notes this was despite missing 2 months of the season and being intentionally beaned...

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