Statistical Analysis: Ronald Acuña Jr's Dominant Offensive Season

Ronald Acuña Jr. has always been a solid player and a fan favorite. This year he has surpassed expectations and has risen the level of his game. He has been a monster offensively carrying his team to many wins. He is establishing himself as a great and solidifying his name amongst the top players of the league. In this article we will examine his offensive play and see how he has grown and compares to the rest of the league This season, Ronald Acuña Jr. is a big contender to taken home the most homers title. His big swings have been extremely rewarding to the Atlanta Braves. He is currently tied for second but has been at the number one spot for several weeks this season. The current standings as of June 6, 2021 are: Acuña Jr.'s dominance of the offensive front has been a pleasure to watch and seeing his current offensive trend, it will be no surprise if he ends up with the most homers in the league at the end of the season. Ronald Acuña Jr. has been a problem since he first step foot into the league, but his rapid rise and growth has been a sight to see. Many baseball fans will appreciate the way he has taken his team on his back and is becoming a franchise player and face for the Atlanta Braves. If we look at his growth from 2018, we see that this season, 2021 year, Acuña Jr. has taken his offensive game to a whole new level. The three statistics we are looking at to document Acuña's progress are BA - batting average, SLG - slugging percentage and OPS - on base percentage plus slugging. BA - Batting average is the most basic batting statistic. It is calculated by taking the number of hits a batter gets and divided it by the number of at bats they take. SLG - Slugging percentage indicated the productivity of a batter. It is the total number of bases the player gets at an at-bat. It is the total number of bases divided by the total number of at-bats a player has. OPS - On base percentage with slugging is an extremely important statistic as it calculates in depth for both the player's ability to get on base as well as the power the player has with each hit. Although the current season is still in progress, Acuña Jr.'s batting average has significantly risen from the past 2020 season. He averaged 0.25 in 2020 and is currently sitting at .249. His slugging average is at an all time high as well. In 2018 he was at 0.552, in 2019 he was at 0.518, 0.581 in 2020 and his current best at 0.611 this season. As we can see through the chart, Ronald Acuña Jr. is having one of his best offensive season and it isn't even over yet! This improvement in numerous statistics show that Acuña has really worked on his game offensively and his offensive dominance is something that will be sustainable as the season continues and future seasons to come. While Acuña Jr. is having his personal best season, how does that compare to the rest of the league? Is he a top player in the league? Let's analyze top 10 players from the most home run's standings. To effectively analyze the top 10 we are taking into account how many runs (R), hits (H), runs batted in (RBI) and total bases (TB) they have. R - Runs is the number of runs a player has scored. H - Hits is the number of hits a player gets. RBI - Runs batted in is a statistic that records how many players/runs a batter has brought in to score because of their hit. TB - Total bases is the accumulation of bases a player has gained through their hits. Looking at these different statistics, the answer to if Ronald Acuña Jr. is a top player in the league is a firm - YES. Acuña Jr. leads the league in runs with 46. His competitors average around 30-40, highlighting the offensive dominance Acuña Jr. has shown this season. Acuña Jr. has batted in 35 runs this season as well, showing the essential role he has to his team. Rounding 116 total bases, Acuña is rising as extremely efficient offensive player. While he still has work to do to be the best and be comfortably at the top, he is growing in the right direction. He fits right in with the best offensive players in the game and with the drastic rise this season, he definitely has the ability and capability to eventually overtake them all. We previously looked at countable, tallied statistics. Now, let's take a deeper look into some percentages. OBP - On base percentage calculates the frequency a batter gets on base. This is calculated by taking the sum of the batter's hits, walks and times hit by pitch and dividing it by the batter's times up to bat. SLG - Slugging percentage indicated the productivity of a batter. It is the total number of bases the player gets at an at-bat. It is the total number of bases divided by the total number of at-bats a player has. OPS - On base percentage with slugging is an extremely important statistic as it calculates in depth for both the player's ability to get on base as well as the power the player has with each hit. WAR - Wins above replacement tells the value of a player. This stat tells how many more wins the current player would have over another replacement player. Ronald Acuña Jr. hold up against the best offensive players in the league. His OBP of 0.386 is third best amongst the top 10 and his SLG of 0.598 and OPS of 0.984 is right there with the top 3. His WAR is at 2.2 which is lower than Guerrero Jr's 3.1, Tatis Jr's 2.9 and Ohtani's 2.6. 2.2 is a respectable WAR value, however, as the season continues and he continues to flourish as an offensive player this is statistic is only going to go up. Looking at his achievements and statistics through a holistic and overall approach, Acuña Jr. is making his case as a future HOF'er and as one of the best in the league. The Atlanta Braves are currently sitting at 2nd in the NL East with a record of 28-29. While considered a good, even great, player before this season, Ronald Acuña Jr has shown his worth this season. His fun game and thrilling home runs make him and his team fun to watch. Through our analysis, we see that he is safely placed in the top positions of several important offensive statistics and is one of the best offensive players this season. However, he is far from done. As the season progresses, Acuña is only going to get better and catch the attention of more people. Cover Art/Design: Fer Basurto References: ESPN, Baseball Reference No copyright infringement is intended The Tactician refrains from monetizing infringing content

Statistical Analysis: Ronald Acuña Jr's Dominant Offensive Season