ATLANTA — Ronald Acuña Jr. displayed another of his superhero powers when he provided his best Usain Bolt imitation while sparking the Braves’ three-run first inning against the Phillies on Sunday night at Truist Park.
Acuña grounded Matt Moore’s first-pitch fastball toward Phillies shortstop Didi Gregorius and was rewarded with an infield single after traveling 31 feet per second and beating the throw.
Average speed for an MLB player is 27 feet per second and 30 feet per second is considered elite. Acuña entered Sunday ranked third in MLB with an average sprint speed of 29.2 feet per second.
It’s not like Gregorius dogged it on his throw. It was clocked at 88.4 mph — his fastest tracked throw on a ground ball since 2016.
Acuña’s spark proved valuable when Ozzie Albies stepped to the plate and hit Moore’s next pitch over the right-center-field wall.