For the second straight year, Jesus 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 was informed Tuesday that he has made the Opening Day roster. Aguilar made the Brewers' decision easy by mashing six home runs, driving in 16 runs and posting a gaudy .463 average this spring. He'll serve as the team's backup first baseman to begin the 2017 campaign.
Aguilar is 15-for-36 (.417) with four home runs, two doubles, 11 RBI and an 8:7 BB:K through 15 spring games with the Brewers. Aguilar was claimed off waivers by the Brewers in early February with the intention of letting him compete for a bench spot during spring training. He's been nothing short of impressive with the bat since joining his new team. but he hits right-handed and is limited to first base, so it still remains to be seen whether that will be enough for him to break camp with the big club.
Aguilar was claimed off waivers by the Brewers on Thursday. The 26-year-old was designated for assignment by the Indians last week, where he slashed .72/.234/.190 in 64 plate appearances across parts of three years. He fared well in Triple-A last season, hitting .247/.319/.472 across 578 plate appearances while mashing 30 homers in the process. He'll primarily offer organizational depth at first and third base in 2017.
Aguilar was designated for assignment by the Indians on Thursday, Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com reports. After claiming Riching Shaffer off waivers from the Reds, the Indians had to make a corresponding move to make room, and Aguilar was the roster casualty. The 26-year-old has struggled in scattered MLB appearances with the Indians, slashing just .172/.234/.190 across 58 at-bats.
Aguilar was recalled by the Indians on Sunday. With the Triple-A season over, he will now provide the big league club with some depth. He played almost exclusively at first base in the minors, but will likely see most of his action as a pinch-hitter in Cleveland.