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Mets prospect Luisangel Acuña on opportunity to play in 2024, where he sees himself defensively

Mets prospect Luisangel Acuña spoke to the media for the first time at spring training in Port St. Lucie on Saturday morning, opening up about his opportunity to play in the big leagues this season, where he sees himself defensively, and how it was visiting Citi Field earlier this year. 

New York will count on a handful of their young players this season, as Acuña will start the 2024 season with Triple-A Syracuse and is expected to make his MLB debut at some point during the season.

"I'm taking advantage of every opportunity that I get to play," Acuña said through the team's translator. "I think every opportunity that I get, I have to take advantage and do what I have to do."

With Francisco Lindor set to be the starting shortstop for the foreseeable future, Acuña will have to find another spot defensively. He went on to says his favorite position is "shortstop and second base," and he sees himself playing second long-term.

Acuña was also asked about his experience playing center field, which he logged four games in Double-A in 2023, and said he felt "comfortable as well there." He then touched on what he needs to do to take his game to the next level, and confidently said his defense is his best skill.

"To continue maintaining, to continue following my routine," Acuña said. "I think that's the most important part, is the the discipline to continue getting better every day."

Speaking of Lindor, Acuña will get to know the star pretty well this spring. The two infielder's lockers are right next to each other.

Acuña said that "it feels good" to have his locker next to Lindor, knowing that he can learn a lot from the four-time All-Star. He has not spoke to Lindor yet at spring training, but is looking forward to it.

When the 21-year-old eventually makes it to the big leagues, it won't be his first time at Citi Field. Acuña visited New York in January and was thrilled to check out his future home ballpark.

"I went to go see the stadium," Acuña said. "That was the only thing I did because that's what I've wanted to do since I've been traded here."

He added: "It was beautiful, the stadium was beautiful, they've treated me great from the moment I got there."

Acuña finished up by speaking about what it's been like as the younger brother of Atlanta Braves star Ronald Acuña Jr., the reigning NL MVP.  When asked if he can follow in his brother's footsteps, he admitted they are different players and isn't worried about comparisons.

"It was amazing to see my brother win the MVP Award, to receive that MVP Award, it gave me goosebumps because not everyone wins an MVP," Acuna said. "To see my brother win, it was something special.

"With my brother, there aren't many people that can compare. My brother is a talent that you see every 100 years. I'm going to continue to go out there, I'm going to compete and do what I do."