Aguilar Could Be the Future
Indians prospect Jesus Aguilar is finally getting a shot at the big leagues tonight. Nyjer Morgan was placed on the 15-day DL after spraining his right knee yesterday against the Blue Jays. Aguilar has very great potential in the Majors and could be the future 1st baseman for the Tribe.
The Indians have’t produced many power hitters of their own . The big names pop up like Manny Ramirez and Jim Thome, but that’s about it. The Tribe could potentially be adding a third name to that list with prospect Jesus Aguilar. Aguilar standing at 6’3 weighing in at 265 pounds, the right handed hitter looks the part. He is only 23 years old has been back and forth with the Indians since 2008 at the age of 18. Last year, boy did he go on a tear, Aguilar hit .275 (137-for-499) with 28 doubles, 16 homers and a 105 RBI at Class AA Akron. The RBI set an Akron record. “Jesus has raw power,” said Ross Atkins Indians’ director of player development. “The thing that stands out is the professionalism of his at bats.” Many Indians fans have been very anxious to be called up and he is finally getting his chance at the major league level.
So far this year in Triple-A Columbus he is batting .298 with 7 HRs and 8 doubles. The great part is his attitude, after his winter ball tear during this past off-season where he hit 18 homers 50 RBIs in just 58 games. “It was crazy,” said Aguilar. “I never thought about hitting home runs. I never thought about that. I just tried to help my team.”
This guy can hit for average, home runs and the whole 9 yards. If he comes through and lives up to his hype, he will finally be that power hitter the Tribe has been missing since Thome left. Tonight he is batting 6th and DHing for the Tribe.