AGUILAR, JESUS

Position: First Base

DOB: June 30, 1990

Height: 6’3″ / Weight: 250

Bats: Right / Throws: Right

40-man roster: Yes

How acquired: Waivers from Indians (February 2, 2017)

Profile: Originally signed out of Venezuela by the Cleveland Indians, Aguilar spent his first two seasons in the Dominican Summer League before making his way stateside in 2010.  He reached full-season ball a year later, splitting 2011 between Low-A Lake County and High-A Kinston.  He reached Double-A in 2012 and spent all of 2013 there as well.  Aguilar advanced to Triple-A in 2014 and also wound up making his MLB debut with the Indians that same season.  He would bounce between Triple-A and the big leagues for three consecutive seasons,  appearing in 35 games with the Indians, collecting 10 hits in 58 at-bats.  Cleveland designated Aguilar for assignment in January of 2017 and Milwaukee claimed him a few days later.   After putting together a huge spring, in which he hit .452 with seven home runs, Aguilar earned a spot on the Brewers’ opening day roster.  A right-handed slugger with huge power potential, Aguilar has shown the ability to drive the ball to all fields.  He’s an above average defender at first base and while he’s likely limited to that position, he has toyed with third base and the outfield in the past as well.

2008:  After signing with Cleveland as in international free agent, Aguilar got his career started in the Dominican Summer League in 2008, hitting .209 with four home runs in 68 games for the Indians DSL affiliate.  He drove in 45 runs and scored 23 while recording nearly as many walks as strikeouts.

2009: The Indians opted to have Aguilar return to the DSL for the 2009 season and he showed solid improvements in his game, earning a spot on the DSL All-Star team while raising his average to .305 with 21 of his 61 hits going for extra-bases.  He finished with 16 doubles and five home runs in 55 games, drawing 31 walks while striking out just 24 times in 200 at-bats.

2010: Cleveland brought Aguilar stateside in 2010 and he opened up the year with their Arizona League affiliate, hitting .259 with seven home runs in 29 games before receiving a promotion to Mahoning Valley of the New York-Penn League.  He finished out the year by playing in 32 more games there, batting .244 with nine more doubles and two more home runs.

2011: Aguilar got his first crack at full-season baseball in 2011 as he opened up the year in the Midwest League with the Lake County Captains.  In 95 games there he hit .292 with 27 doubles, two triples and 19 home runs en route to being named to the league’s post season All-Star team.  He received a promotion to High-A Kinston in late-July and finished out the year there, hitting four home runs in 31 games.

2012: The Indians had Aguilar return to High-A to open the 2012 season and he spent most of the season there, batting  .277 with 25 doubles, two triples and 12 home runs in 107 games before getting bumped up to Double-A Akron late in the year.  He played in 20 games there and hit .292 with three home runs and was also selected to represent the Indians at the Futures Game.

2013: Aguilar returned to Double-A Akron in 2013 and spent the entire year there, appearing in 130 games and batting .275/.349/.427 with 28 doubles and 16 home runs.  That earned him a spot on the Eastern League’s mid-season and post-season All-Star team.

2014: Cleveland moved Aguilar up to Triple-A Columbus to begin the 2014 season, but it didn’t take long before the called him to join them in the big leagues, giving him a promotion in May.  Aguilar made his MLB debut on May 15th and proceeded to play in 19 games before returning to Columbus.  He hit .304 with 19 home runs for the Clippers as an International League All-Star, but struggled with the Indians, managing just four hits in 33 at-bats.

2015: It was more of the same for Aguilar in 2015, as he again split time between Triple-A and Cleveland.  He again earned All-Star honors at AAA, clubbing 19 more home runs, and had a bit more success during his MLB time as well, batting .316 in seven games with the Indians.

2016: Aguilar again returned to Triple-A Columbus for the 2016 season and enjoyed a huge surge in power, blasting a career-high 30 home runs in 137 games for the Clippers.  That earned him another September call-up, but his playing time was limited.  He received just six at-bats with the Indians in the heart of a pennant race and was designated for assignment after the season to free up room on Cleveland’s 40-man roster.