Jesus Aguilar
Jesus Aguilar
29-Year-Old First Baseman1B
Miami Marlins
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
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Claimed by Marlins
1BMiami Marlins
December 2, 2019
Aguilar was claimed off waivers by the Marlins on Monday, Jeff Passan of reports.
The Marlins have some middling in-house options at first base in Garrett Cooper and prospect Lewin Diaz, who could debut late this summer, but Aguilar will enter camp with a solid chance to make the Opening Day roster, especially since Cooper is capable of playing the outfield. The 29-year-old first baseman hit 35 home runs with a 135 wRC+ in 2018, but regressed last season, slashing .236/.325/.389 with 12 home runs in 369 plate appearances. Cooper and Aguilar are both right-handed, but Cooper has reverse splits for his career (117 wRC+ against righties, 85 wRC+ against lefties), so perhaps they could form a platoon if Aguilar does not win the job outright.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
Since 2017vs Left .837 411 47 18 51 0 .272 .358 .479
Since 2017vs Right .820 832 112 45 159 0 .255 .329 .490
2019vs Left .695 143 11 4 13 0 .236 .329 .366
2019vs Right .726 223 28 8 37 0 .236 .323 .403
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
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Home/Away Batting Splits
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OPS on Road
OPS on Road
OPS on Road
OPS on Road
Since 2017Home .766 612 71 27 94 0 .247 .319 .447
Since 2017Away .884 631 88 36 116 0 .275 .358 .526
2019Home .646 178 17 5 17 0 .213 .298 .348
2019Away .779 188 22 7 33 0 .258 .351 .428
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
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Stat Review
How does Jesus Aguilar compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
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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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Designated for assignment
1BTampa Bay Rays
November 27, 2019
The Rays designated Aguilar for assignment Wednesday, Josh Tolentino of The Athletic reports.
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Doesn't make ALDS roster
1BTampa Bay Rays
October 4, 2019
Aguilar is not on the Rays' ALDS roster.
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Homers as pinch hitter
1BTampa Bay Rays
September 18, 2019
Aguilar hit a two-run homer in his only at-bat in Tuesday's loss to the Dodgers.
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Homers in win
1BTampa Bay Rays
September 13, 2019
Aguilar went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and another RBI in Friday's victory over the Angels.
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Powers Rays to victory
1BTampa Bay Rays
August 30, 2019
Aguilar went 1-for-3 with a three-run home run Friday against the Indians.
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