Jesus Aguilar
Jesus Aguilar
28-Year-Old First Baseman1B
Milwaukee Brewers
2019 Fantasy Outlook
It seemed Aguilar would struggle to see at-bats when the 2018 season kicked off, but when fellow first baseman Eric Thames injured his thumb he became the Brewers' regular first baseman and never looked back, holding down the job the rest of the way. Aguilar played so well in the first half he earned an All-Star berth and was on the fringes of the MVP conversation, but things nose-dived in the second half, and he posted just an average .760 OPS after the break. When it was all said and done, Aguilar still finished top-5 in the NL in both home runs and RBI. That will make Aguilar the top option at first base for the Brewers in 2019, and if he holds onto the job, expect him to again have plenty of opportunities to knock in runs with Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich both getting on base at a high clip atop the order. Read Past Outlooks
Crushes 35th homer
1BMilwaukee Brewers
September 30, 2018
Aguilar went 2-for-5 with a solo home run, two runs and three RBI to help the Brewers to a 12-0 victory over the Tigers on Sunday.
He's already mashed 35 homers and drove in 108 runs this season, with one game left Monday to decide the NL Central title in Chicago. Aguilar has a robust .275/.352/.541 slash line and now has an .838 OPS over 820 career at-bats at the big-league level.
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Since 2016
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Since 2016vs Left .908 269 36 14 38 0 .289 .372 .536
Since 2016vs Right .846 614 84 37 122 0 .260 .329 .517
2018vs Left .929 153 22 9 21 0 .282 .379 .550
2018vs Right .876 413 58 26 87 0 .271 .341 .535
2017vs Left .889 115 14 5 17 0 .301 .365 .524
2017vs Right .806 196 26 11 35 0 .244 .311 .494
2016vs Left .000 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2016vs Right .000 5 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
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Since 2016Home .810 436 54 22 77 0 .259 .326 .484
Since 2016Away .918 447 66 29 83 0 .279 .358 .560
2018Home .883 278 37 18 59 0 .273 .342 .541
2018Away .897 288 43 17 49 0 .276 .361 .536
2017Home .696 156 17 4 18 0 .239 .301 .394
2017Away .982 155 23 12 34 0 .292 .361 .620
2016Home .000 2 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2016Away .000 4 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
An offseason waiver claim by the Brewers, Aguilar faced an uphill battle to make the Opening Day roster, but he earned the backup first base job thanks to a sizzling spring training. He kept hitting once the regular season began, and did so for much of the first half, tallying 24 extra-base hits to head into the All-Star break with a .911 OPS. He finished the year with 16 long balls in just 279 at-bats, but his luck on balls in play really dipped from .383 in the first half to .262 in the second half, resulting in a .289 OBP after the Midsummer Classic. Aguilar showed his power potential last year, but as a part-time player who only plays one position, he figures to face competition for his roster spot. Should he wind up in a situation where he sees regular at-bats, however, his power potential could make him a useful fantasy option in standard formats for that stretch of time.
For the second straight year, Aguilar's batting average at Triple-A Columbus tumbled, this time reaching a sub-.250 mark. Although his batting average and K-rate hovered around their recent marks of 10 and 20 percent, respectively, his BABIP slid from .305 to .255. However, his regression in terms of BABIP may be justified, as there was a part of Aguilar's game that took a tremendous step forward in 2016, that being power. Over 137 games, Aguilar knocked 30 home runs and 26 doubles, giving him a .472 slugging percentage. While this was a large improvement for the 26-year-old, Aguilar's chances of making it up to the majors for an extended stay with the Brewers in 2017 are likely dependent upon whether or not Eric Thames can hold onto an everyday role at first base. If Thames falters, the door may be open for Aguilar to an impact at first base as a below average hitter with a high ceiling in terms of power.
Aguilar spent most of 2015 at Triple-A Columbus, logging 131 games for the Clippers sandwiched around a couple of short stints with the Tribe. He didn't take the step forward that many in the organization were hoping for in his second extended look at Triple-A, slashing .267/.332/.439 with 29 doubles and 19 homers in 131 games versus a .304/.395/.511 line with 31 doubles and 19 homers in 118 games in 2014. His walk rate dipped to 8.2 percent, down from 12.8 percent in 2014, though his strikeout rate remained largely unchanged at 20.1 percent. He's locked into a 1B/DH role, a spot comfortably occupied by Carlos Santana (on a club-friendly deal for two more seasons) and offseason signee Mike Napoli. The Indians could keep Aguilar as organizational depth, or move him before he's tagged as a Quadruple-A player, although the word might already be out on that front.
Aguilar is a sizable right-handed first baseman whose bat will have to force him into a lineup because he’s never going to be confused as someone with a good glove. He has hit .276/.357/.453 throughout his minor league career including a lofty .304/.395/.511 line in Triple-A in 2014. The large righty may be penalized for his defense and being right-handed at a predominately left-handed position, but that should not make him a platoon guy. Aguilar has shown little in the way of platoon splits in the minors as his ability to hit for average and power was nearly identical versus lefties and righties. He's an interesting power speculation in deep AL-only leagues, but things became more crowded in Cleveland with the addition of Brandon Moss in December.
Aguilar continues to climb through the upper levels of the minors, producing well enough in 2013 to earn a 40-man roster spot and subsequent protection from the Rule 5 draft. After a solid, albeit unspectacular, campaign at Double-A Akron as a 23-year-old last season, Aguilar piled up a .306/.364/.556 line with 12 homers, 35 RBI and a 15:20 BB:K over 160 at-bats during a 40-game stretch in the Venezuelan Winter League. In addition to showing more desirable production at the plate for a corner infielder, Aguilar was given time at third base during the winter due to injuries on his offseason club. It remains to be seen if the Indians will continue giving him time at third base to push Lonnie Chisenhall, but it's worth keeping an eye on how he's deployed during spring training to see if a move across the diamond materializes.
Aguilar still hasn't flashed the power potential you might expect from a guy his size (6-foot-3, 255), but he'll get some extra attention in an organization lacking in power prospects. He'll have to hit to contribute, however, as he's a mess defensively, and it remains to be seen how he'll adjust as he moves up the minor league ranks. His swing is exploitable at times, and he's only seen limited time at Double-A thus far. It's a crucial year for his development to see if he can begin to translate his physical abilities into performance on the field.
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Heating up as season winds down
1BMilwaukee Brewers
September 26, 2018
Aguilar went 3-for-5 with a home run and two runs in Tuesday's victory over the Cardinals.
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Heads to bench Saturday
1BMilwaukee Brewers
September 22, 2018
Aguilar is not starting Saturday against the Pirates.
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Clubs 33rd homer
1BMilwaukee Brewers
September 19, 2018
Aguilar went 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBI in Wednesday's 7-0 win over the Reds.
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Receives breather
1BMilwaukee Brewers
September 12, 2018
Aguilar is not in the lineup against the Cubs on Wednesday.
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Heads to bench
1BMilwaukee Brewers
September 2, 2018
Aguilar is out of the lineup Sunday against the Nationals.
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