Braves Hitting Coach Gives Brutally Honest Review of Ronald Acuña Jr.'s Recent Play
Atlanta Braves star Ronald Acuña Jr. earned the honor of starting the 2022 MLB All-Star Game this past week. His tear to begin the year after coming back from a torn ACL surely helped propel him to the top of the voting leaderboard, but his play lately hasn't been as All-Star worthy.
Following another off night at the plate, Braves hitting coach Kevin Seitzer didn't hold back on Acuña's recent struggles.
Seitzer told Jeff Schultz of The Athletic that Acuña is "struggling", adding the star is "frustrated" with how he's performed as of late. The hitting coach said there's some "mechanical stuff" they're working on to hopefully get the All-Star back to his old ways.
"There’s mechanical stuff that we’re working on. He’s just having a hard time getting comfortable. It’s ongoing. It happens to all of them over the course of a year. He’s frustrated. He wants to do good, and he expects to do good."- Kevin Seitzer
Seitzer even went on to say the Acuña that returned in April wasn't "normal Ronnie", citing his exit velocity and hit placement as markers that didn't resemble the "rockets" he's known for hitting at full strength.
It's hard not to notice the change in Acuña's production. He's slashing just .250/.357/.354 with 1 home run and 4 RBIs in 12 games during the month of July. That was preceded by 5 home runs and only 8 RBIs during 21 games in June.
The Braves have managed to close the gap between them and the New York Mets despite Acuña's play. Hopefully the former MVP contender can use the All-Star break to get a much-needed reset and help his team capture the division in the second half.
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