Victor Acosta was one of the San Diego Padres big international free agent signings in 2021. But a little more than a year later the club moved him in a trade deadline deal that sent him to Cincinnati to join the Reds organization. Acosta would play in 10 games after the trade before his season came to an end.
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When the 2023 season began the Reds sent a then 18-year-old Victor Acosta to Single-A Daytona to play with the Tortugas. The first two weeks of the season went well for the teenage infielder as he hit .303/.439/.515 in the first 10 games of the season. But things went south over the following two weeks – from April 21st through May 7th Acosta went 1-36 with one walk across a 10-game span.
A new series began on May 9th and Acosta picked up the offense the rest of the month, going 19-53 with as many walks as strikeouts (eight). He hit .359/.452/.547 during the remainder of the month.
June and July saw solid output from Acosta at the plate, hitting .260 and posting a .397 on-base percentage. He didn’t hit for much power in the 39 games played over those two months, though, picking up just five doubles and one triple.
His power output did pick up a bit down the stretch, but only marginally. In 25 games from the start of August through the end of the season he had nine doubles and a home run. That came along with a .255/.348/.378 line before an injury cost him the final week of the season.
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Victor Acosta Scouting Report
Position: Shortstop | B/T: S/R
Height: 5′ 11″ | Weight: 170 lbs. | Acquired: Trade (2022), International FA (2021 – Padres) | Born: June 10, 2004
Hitting | He has an average hit tool.
Power | He has below-average power.
Speed | He has slightly above-average speed.
Defense | He’s an average defender.
Arm | He has an average arm.
Past reports for Acosta described above-average to plus tools, but those weren’t really on display in 2023. His best tool in the past was arguably his arm strength, but his top throw registered by Hawkeye this year was just 85.7 MPH. The big league average on competitive plays is 86.3. Similarly, he was listed as a plus runner at times in the past depending on where you looked, but his top sprint speed was just 28.6 feet/second. That’s above-average if it’s the average for a players competitive runs, but not all that impressive for a top speed, either.
He played the first two months of the year as an 18-year-old. And the Florida State League isn’t exactly a hitters paradise, either. Acosta more than held his own at the plate, posting a better than league average OPS of .718. He controlled the strikezone well, but he didn’t hit for much average or much power during the season. Acosta is still young, and the league does suppress power, but he is going to need to get stronger and hit the ball harder if he’s going to find more power down the line.
Defensively he’s a solid shortstop and can probably remain at the position long term. With the depth the Reds have there, though, an eventual move to second base could happen and he’s got the arm and athleticism that could have him stand out there.
A solid debut in full-season ball for Acosta had a little bit of good and a little bit of “needs to work on” in it. One of the younger players at the level, it was good to see that he more than held his own and that he had a strong grasp of the strikezone. But despite the control of the zone, he struggled to do damage when he contacted the ball and that wasn’t just a league suppressing power, thing. He wasn’t hitting the ball hard all that frequently. Moving forward he’ll need to start doing that more often, or start to make contact more often than he’s been doing (and he’s above-average at making contact right now), if he’s going to get more out of his hit tool and power potential.
Victor Acosta Spray Charts
As a left-handed hitter
Interesting Stat on Victor Acosta
He crushed the ball on Tuesday. In 16 games he hit .345/.441/.534. No other day of the week saw him slug above .374 and he slugged between .304 and .316 all other days of the week.