Aug 14, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves left fielder Ronald Acuna Jr. (13) singles against the Miami Marlins in the fourth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. entered 2018 as the consensus top prospect in baseball, and he certainly hasn’t taken long to show why.

The 20-year-old rookie went 3-for-5 with two homers and four RBI in the Braves’ 10-6 win over the Miami Marlins on Tuesday night.

The first homer on the night was a leadoff homer, giving Acuña leadoff homers in three straight games, and four leadoff homers over the last five games. And over his last eight games, he has eight homers and 16 hits, something no rookie in MLB history has ever done in an eight-game span.

Acuña’s eight homers in August are more homers than the Detroit Tigers and San Francisco Giants have this month.

On the season, Acuña has 19 dingers, a .922 OPS, a .145 wRC+, and has been worth 2.3 WAR according to FanGraphs. This is all in just 289 plate appearances over 67 games.

It’s insane that two of the best players in the National League right now are under-21, in Acuña and 19-year-old Washington Nationals outfielder Juan Soto. It should be a fun, competitive NL Rookie of the Year race over the final month and a half of the regular season.

Acuña’s remarkable production also has played a big part in keeping the Braves atop the NL East. Atlanta (67-51) now has a four-game winning streak and two-game lead over the Philadelphia Phillies.

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