Believe it or not pitchers and catchers report to their respective teams on February 13th, and that is less than a month away, and as we get closer to the start of baseball season Braves fans begin to wonder what this Atlanta Braves team is going to look like in 2023.
Now with two cornerstones of the franchise gone in Freddie Freeman and Dansby Swanson, Austin Riley, Spencer Strider, Ozzie Albies, Matt Olson, reigning Rookie of the Year Micheal Harris II, and of course Ronald Acuña Jr. will be the guys held responsible for bringing the Atlanta Braves more World Series Championships for years to come.
After coming back from injury last season and taking some time to get into a rhythm, Ronald Acuña Jr. had a down year in 2022, but Rob Tribble believes a monster year is on the cusp for the Braves superstar in 2023, and he explained why Thursday night when he was filling in on The Jon Chuckery Show.
Rob believes Acuña Jr. played “hesitant” in the field last year due to possibly having some “PTSD” after tearing his ACL while attempting to make a catch in the outfield against the Miami Marlins in the midst of the Braves’ championship season in 2021. However, Tribble believes Braves fans will see none of that from Ronnie in 2023, saying he believes this year the Braves will have a “Gold Glove caliber Ronald Acuña”.
After facing, battling, and overcoming adversity for the past two seasons Rob Tribble says “I think Ronald is going to have a massive year this year.” Rob also suggests that Acuña may have been a little “embarrassed” by how his past two seasons have gone, and that will fuel him to have a monster 2023 campaign.
Whether Acuña Jr. has felt embarrassed about how his past two seasons have gone or not, the fact of the matter is that he hasn’t been, or at least hasn’t felt, fully healthy and fully confident in that knee since that infamous night in Miami, and I don’t think anyone thinks that will be the case in 2023. This season the Atlanta Braves will have a fully healthy and a fully confident Ronald Acuña Jr., hopefully all season long, and that spells trouble for every other team in Major League Baseball.