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 will start in right field and bat cleanup Tuesday against Joe Ross and the Nationals.
Aquino did it yet again Monday, homering for the eighth time through his first 12 career games, setting a new all-time MLB record. The Reds put together a rally late but four-hole hitter Josh VanMeter popped out in foul territory to end the game with the tying run in scoring position, and with Aquino on deck. VanMeter hasn't done much so far in August (.568 OPS); manager David Bell would be justified in rolling with Aquino as his full-time cleanup hitter moving forward.
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.
Aquino will start in right field and bat fifth Friday against Yu Darvish and the Cubs.
Aquino has quickly endeared himself to Reds fans, hitting three homers in his first 21 at-bats, including one Thursday that tied the Statcast mark for the hardest-hit home run in the majors this season. Non-tended by the Reds last winter, Aquino re-signed with the club and made a swing change in spring training which fueled his breakout at Triple-A Louisville. His hot start with the big-league team seems to have locked him into near-everyday at-bats in the heart of the order for the time being -- he's been hitting cleanup vs. LHP.
Aquino went 3-for-4 with a solo home run and two runs scored Tuesday against the Angels.
Aquino delivered a solo home run in the fourth inning, the second long ball of his career. Since starting his major-league stint with six hitless at-bats, Aquino has recorded at least one hit in each of his last four games. After posting 28 home runs and a .992 OPS with Triple-A Louisville, Aquino has served as the primary right fielder for the Reds since being called up Aug. 1.
Aquino is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Braves.
Aquino started in right field in each of the Reds' three games since he was called up from Triple-A Louisville on Thursday, going 2-for-8 with a home run, a walk and three RBI between those contests. Though he'll cede right field to Jesse Winker in the series finale, Aquino looks poised to see at least semi-regular work while he's up with the big club after the recent trades of Yasiel Puig and Scooter Gennett opened up a pair of lineup spots.
Aquino went 2-for-2 with a walk and a three-run home run in Saturday's 5-4 extra-inning loss to Atlanta.
The 25-year-old collected his first big-league hit in the second inning with a single, then drove a first-pitch changeup from Dallas Keuchel over the fence in left-center in the seventh for his first homer and RBI in the majors. Aquino has started three straight games in right field since Yasiel Puig was traded to Cleveland, and the Reds seem intent on finding out whether his .992 OPS and 28 homers in 78 games for Triple-A Louisville this season represented a true breakout, or were simply the product of an inflated offensive environment.
The Reds selected Aquino's contract from Triple-A Louisville ahead of Thursday's game against the Braves.
With Yasiel Puig now out of the picture, Aquino will likely step in as an extra outfielder for the Reds after submitting a monstrous .992 OPS -- buoyed by 42 extra-base hits in 323 plate appearances -- at Triple-A this season. Though lefty hitters Jesse Winker, Josh VanMeter and Derek Dietrich are likely the leading candidates to draw most of the starts in the corner-outfield spots versus right-handed pitching, Aquino and Phillip Ervin could be deployed as short-side platoon mates for any of the three lefties.
Aquino signed a minor-league contract with the Reds on Tuesday, according to the Greeneville Reds' play-by-play announcer Justin Rocke.
Aquino spent the majority of the 2018 season with Double-A Pensacola, slashing .240/.306/.448 with 20 homers and four stolen bases in 114 games. The 24-year-old made his major-league debut for the Reds, though he struck out in his only plate appearance. Aquino was assigned to Triple-A Louisville and figures to serve as organizational depth.
Aquino was non-tendered by the Reds on Friday, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
Aquino got his feet wet in the major leagues last season with Cincinnati, although he failed to record his first major-league hit in just one at-bat. He'll be free to sign elsewhere during the offseason.
Aquino was sent back down to Double-A Pensacola on Saturday, Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Aquino got his first taste of the big leagues last weekend against the Giants, but that was his only appearance across a weeklong stay with Cincinnati. He will return to the Double-A level in order to make room for Scott Schebler (shoulder), who was activated from the DL in a corresponding move.
The Reds recalled Aquino from Double-A Pensacola on Friday.
The 24-year-old will make his first trek to the majors without touching Triple-A after the Reds placed Joey Votto (lower leg) on the 10-day disabled list. Aquino has a .249/.313/.452 slash line with 18 home runs and 103 strikeouts in 378 at-bats with the Blue Wahoos this season.
Aquino has eight home runs and six stolen bases this season with Double-A Pensacola.
Aquino is in the middle of his worst batting season in the minors, batting .215/.275/.384. His strikeout rate of 27.1 percent is also the highest it has been since his first season with rookie-league Billings, when it was 31.4 percent. Despite the down year, Aquino remains on the 40-man roster, making him a candidate to make his major-league debut sometime this season if the need arises.
Aquino was added to the Reds' 40-man roster on Friday.
Aquino was the top breakout performer in the Reds' system last year, earning protection from the Rule 5 draft. He offers an intriguing power/speed combination, and finished first in the Florida State League in total bases (251) and second in OPS (.846), slugging (.519) and home runs (23). If he can continue to keep his strikeout rate in a manageable range as he moves up the organizational ladder, Aquino would start to profile as a potential five-category contributor.
Aquino, 22, is hitting .272/.330/.490 with 13 homers and eight steals (on 13 attempts) in 345 at-bats with High-A Daytona.
On the one hand, Aquino is slightly older than the ideal High-A prospect, but on the other hand, he is raking in the tough hitting conditions of the Florida State League. He only signed for $115,000 out of the Dominican Republic in 2011, but it's clear that Aquino has the kinds of tools that fantasy owners crave. At 6-foot-4, 190 pounds, he could even grow into a bit more power as he continues to develop. The Reds have struggled to develop position player prospects in recent years, but Aquino offers a feel-good story on that front, and deep dynasty league owners should be paying attention.
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