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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