Ronald Acuña is on his own level right now and his legend grows by the day. It seems the only thing that can stop him is injury and it was hearts-in-throats time late Sunday when he left the Braves' rout over the Cubs with an abdominal issue. An MRI revealed only a mild strain and the most productive player in all of baseball is day-to-day, meaning he'll be back raking and running at the highest levels in no time.
Much ink has been spilled chronicling Acuña's exploits and much excitement has been shared in trying to anticipate what he'll do next. In the big picture, it appears quite clear. He could take aim at the uber-exclusive 40-40 club, which hasn't welcomed a new member since 2006 when Alfonso Soriano joined.
Acuña came oh-so-close to breaking through the barrier two years ago at the young age of 21. He smacked 41 longballs and swiped 37 bags, three short of immortality. His career pace puts him at 43 homers and 32 steals over any given 162-game stretch — a true testament to how ferocious his production has been out of the gate.
Through 16 games this campaign he's gone deep seven times and succeeded in all three of his daredevil dashes. Assuming this current detour isn't serious and is located in the upper body, he should continue trying to steal with some regularity. It is very possible that a full season of good health yields one of those precious 40-40 stat lines.