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.

Victor Acosta Stats

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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.

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Victor Acosta Spray Charts

As a left-handed hitter

As a right-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.

15 Responses

  1. RedsGettingBetter

    Since he’s very young and playing single-A ball, we still can wait for him a couple of seasons whether he pans out or fades. Hopefully it will be the first thing so he could reach triple-A by the end of 2026 at 21 years old.

    • Doug Gray

      The age and overall performance are why he’s here. I’ve got some questions about how the tools will continue to play based on some of the available metrics, but given that he played 40% of the season as an 18-year-old, those metrics are likely to get better moving forward, too. We’ll have to see how that all goes. Development almost never goes up in a straight line. He’s got plenty to prove and he’s going to have to get better in plenty of areas. But he’s also got a shot to be a big league starter if things go right.

      • Laredo Slider

        True Doug but he looks like a career utility infielder. Think Chico Ruiz/Gus Gil for us older guys.

      • Doug Gray

        Nothing wrong with that if that’s what he turns out to be. But if he can stick in the middle infield – and I haven’t heard/seen a reason that he can’t – the profile’s there for an every day starter.

        One thing I’d like to have more data on is his batted ball stuff with regards to left/right-handed. With Daytona only having that available for the road games, his right-handed batted ball data is very small.

      • DaveCT

        It’s pretty eye opening that the new owners of MiLB haven’t had Trackman or its equivalent installed in every league. It’s got to be frustrating for Reds players to have advanced data in the complex leagues and Lo-A, then not get another whiff of it until AAA. Especially if Hi-A and AA are arguably the most challenging jumps to make.

      • Doug Gray

        Every park has had Trackman (and or Hawkeye) installed for nearly the last decade. It’s only the ballparks where they use the automated strikezone, though, where the data is pushed forward to the public so we can look at it. The players and teams all have access to that kind of stuff for every level.

  2. Laredo Slider

    Oh nothing wrong with it at all Doug. Position can be very valuable over the course of the season. Just that if one thinks he may be a 10 year starter/All Star type that probably won’t be.

  3. Optimist

    Doug – I recall you may have done this last season at some point, but how do you rank the various organization SSs by defense? I recall that Arroyo stood out as the best, and then it’s Acosta/EDLC/Barrero/McLain in some order, and then Noelvi/Balcazar/Sanchez/Cabrera/Stafura? I’m sure I misplace some of them, but it’s a long list.

    Impressive that there are so many, but is the rough grouping into three sets 1-MLB quality; 2-Good enough; 3-likely to move to 2b/3b/other?

    Offensive development in MiLB will sort this out, but there likely will remain many tradeable/lottery pick types especially in A/A+.

    • Doug Gray

      I think right now it’s: Arroyo – De La Cruz – Barrero – McLain – Balcazar – Marte. Marte’s not a big league shortstop. The others in this group are/can be (Balcazar’s got stuff to improve on, but he’s got the tools for it).

      I haven’t seen Cabrera, Stafura, or Sanchez enough to really know. That said, reports would indicate that Stafura’s ahead of the other two in terms of defensive tools for shortstop.

  4. DaveCT

    5’11” and 170 is pretty lean. Still, he’s got his age 19, 20, and 21 seasons ahead of him at Hi-A through AAA to gain strength. Wonder how big his dad is. It not out of the question for Acosta to grow an inch and add 15-20 lbs.

    • Greenfield Red

      Hector just keeps hitting. E erywhete he goes. I hope it continues

    • Old Big Ed

      The pitcher was Huascar Brazoban, who’s had a 10+ K/9 in the last two seasons out of the Miami bullpen.