As a part of their player projections for the 2023 season, FanGraphs believes Ronald Acuña will lead the league in steals with 35.
Coming off a torn ACL, I wasn’t sure if Acuña would reel back the stolen base attempts. That didn’t happen; he finished the season with 29 steals and was caught 11 times. Whenever he had the opportunity, Acuña took off, but you hope he will be more successful in 2023. If he’s healthy, I think 35 steals is a slam dunk. Acuña has a fantastic chance of eclipsing the 40 steal mark, and he should be considered the favorite to lead the league in the category. If Ronald Acuña Jr. is flying around the bases at full strength again, it’s going to go a long way for Atlanta’s offense. I hope he leads the league in steals, homers, and every other category.
The surprising omission here is Michael Harris II. The 2022 NL Rookie of the Year swiped 20 bases in 114 games. He was also only caught stealing two times. I expect the Braves to have him moving early and often. He has a legit chance of hitting 30 homers and swiping 30 bags in his first full season.
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