The last week at Braves camp has been a Ronald Acua Jr. love fest and for good reason. Home runs in three of the last five games have made that 1-for-14 start a distant memory, not that anyone was concerning themselves with a spring slump, but it a reminder, as manager Brian Snitker said, why e one of those guys that you don want to get a beer or go to the bathroom when he up. year removed from a 40/40 pursuit that came up three stolen bases short Grant Dayton Shower Curtain, Acua is on everyone MVP shortlist, and a run at the National League top award feels like the fitting next step in his career trajectory after three straight seasons of averaging 142 wRC+ and 3.9 fWAR and finishing fifth in the 2019 voting and 12th last year.h, absolutely,?Snitker said of whether his 23-year-old right fielder is a serious candidate.There a strong bet he scores that hardware, maybe even multiple times. But is 2021 the year Acua drops the tilde on it, and turns it into the LMVP Running through why it could and why it couldn happen for El Abusador in this week Starting Nine.The Case For 1. The magic ageAge 27 is considered to be the peak for more players, but some of the all-time seasons including a magical one for the unquestioned greatest Braves of all have come from hitters at 23, the age Acua will play the 2021 season at. It the age that Willie Mays Guillermo Heredia Face Mask, Hank Aaron , Jeff Burroughs , Fred Lynn , Jose Canseco , Frank Thomas and Cody Bellinger all won MVPs. Post-World War II among top 25 Age-23 seasons in terms of wRC+, only Frank Robinson , John Mayberry , Mark McGwire and Troy Glaus didn finish in the top 5 of voting in that season. Acua expected to net 144 wRC+ via ZiPS projections Kyle Muller Shower Curtain, which could make him the 10th age-23 player to reach that number since 2000 and the second Braves player after Freddie Freeman in 2013. 2. Forecasting a monster seasonSpeaking of that fWAR, which is at 5.9 by ZiPs and 5.3 via Steamer, we focus on the former, which is the fourth-highest overall https://www.baseballstoreonline.com/Tyler_Matzek-132, trailing only Mike Trout , Alex Bregman and Mookie Betts and trails just Betts among NL players. Acua is also forecasted to lead the majors in home runs , and he comes in at third in .958 OPS, which is third overall behind Trout and Juan Soto . The batting average hurts, but projected for a .390 on-base percentage and .568 slugging , Acua could challenge for the Sabermetrics Triple Crown. Since 1982, there have been 11 players to lead their league in average, OBP and slugging and a pair of A, Jason Giambi and Mark McGwire , are the only ones who didn wind up with an MVP. Three of the bright young stars of the game.