Aquino went 3-for-4 with a solo home run and an RBI double in a 3-2 loss to the Pirates on Friday. The 25-year-old hadn't homered for four games, a horrible drought by the standards he's set this year. Aquino has 12 home runs in just 71 at-bats, giving him an eye-popping .873 slugging percentage. Sample size obviously has to be considered, but Aquino appears to be the real deal. He is also batting .338 with 25 RBI and 17 runs in 21 games.
Aquino went 1-for-4 with a three-run homer in Saturday's win over the Cardinals. The 25-year-old continues to rewrite the record books; he tied Trevor Story for the most home runs through 10 games, was the quickest to 10 homers (16 games) and is now the quickest to 11 homers (17 games). Changes to his batting stance and swing fueled his breakout at Triple-A and that success has carried over to the majors so far. Of course, it's impossible to sustain this level of production, but Aquino has locked himself into the heart of the Reds' order, and it's possible his bat speed will continue to allow him to get away with shaky plate discipline.
Aquino went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer against the Cardinals on Friday. Aquino cranked his home run in the sixth inning, but the Reds were already in a deep hole by that point (12-3). Despite his team taking the loss, Aquino set an MLB record by crushing his 10th home run in just his 16th big-league game. He'll look to keep it rolling at the dish in the third game of the series Saturday.
Aquino went 2-for-5 with a solo home run and a second run scored in Wednesday's 17-7 loss to the Nationals. The 25-year-old has quickly made himself the poster boy for the 2019 home-run explosion, as Aquino has gone from obscurity to becoming the first player in the modern era with nine homers in his first 14 big-league games.
Aquino went 3-for-4 with three solo home runs and a strikeout in Saturday's win over the Cubs. This is truly absurd at this point. Aquino has gone 13-for-28 with seven homers in his first 30 plate appearances with the Reds this season, tying Trevor Story for the most home runs through a player's first 10 games in the live-ball era. The swing change he made in spring training has changed the equation completely, though there are still some plate-discipline issues here (25.1 percent strikeout rate, 7.1 percent walk rate at Triple-A Louisville this season). Aquino is batting cleanup again Sunday against lefty Jon Lester.
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