Vaughn Grissom Impressing Ronald Acuña Jr. With Hot MLB Start

The Atlanta Braves' Vaughn Grissom has impressed teammate Ronald Acuña Jr. with his hot MLB start.
The Atlanta Braves' Vaughn Grissom has impressed teammate Ronald Acuña Jr. with his hot MLB start. / AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee

The Atlanta Braves had high hopes when they promoted second baseman Vaughn Grissom from Double-A Mississippi last week. The good news is that he hasn't had any issue meeting those expectations. In fact, he's crushed them, helping the Braves go a perfect 6-0 since his call-up.

While Grissom's performance has gotten him some new fans, he's also earned the respect of Braves teammate Ronald Acuña Jr. The three-time MLB All-Star told reporters Monday night that he's impressed with how the rookie plays baseball, feeling "like he goes in there and doesn’t think too much."

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It's hard not to be impressed by what the former 2019 11th-round pick has brought to the table. It's a small sample size, but Grissom already has nine hits, two doubles, two home runs and four RBIs through 21 at-bats. Though he's been struck out five times, he's earned three walks and even has a stolen base.

Grissom's performance is even more impressive when you see his .429/.500/.810 slash line. He's already amassed a 0.6 WAR through six games, which would put him on pace for a 16.2 mark over a 162-game schedule.

Grissom has even been fielding balls well, tallying 12 assists while turning in three doubles plays with a perfecting fielding percentage. Again, it's a small sample size, but it's promising knowing that he's had a seamless transition to the MLB level.

Fellow 2B Ozzie Albies has been out of the lineup since June with a broken foot, though his rehab has been progressing in August. If Grissom keeps up his current pace, the Braves will have a tough decision to make once Albies returns.

Braves World Series Odds

The Braves need Grissom to continue producing if it means securing back-to-back World Series titles. For now, Brian Snitker's club sits at +1300 odds to win the 2022 World Series on FanDuel Sportsbook, ranking fifth-best in the MLB.

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