After a well-documented, horrible start to the year where even Chris Davis was hitting better than him, Jesus Aguilar is on the right track to turning around his season. As in, Jesus Aguilar is good again.
Since May 31st, Aguilar has played in 30 games and has had 63 plate appearances. During that 30 game span, Aguilar had a .309 batting average with an OBP of .397 and OPS of 1.015. That’s a better BA and OPS since May 31st than NL All-Stars, Josh Bell, Nolan Arenado, and Cody Bellinger. Sure, Aguilar has had a much smaller sample size than these guys, but he’s proving he can get just as hot at the plate as them. During his excellent hitting stint, Aguilar has also added 5 home runs, 10 RBIs, and has only struck out 13 times. The 5 home runs in 30 games may not seem like a lot, but if a player hit 5 dingers every 30 for 162 games, that would put that player around 27 home runs for the season. I don’t know about you, but if any Brewer hit 27 home runs in a season, I’d be happy. Since May 31st, Aguilar has remarkably raised his batting average 36 points and his OPS 125 points. Finally, Jesus went into the All-Star break scorching hot. In the last three games before the break, he had 6 hits in 10 at bats with 3 of them being home runs and 1 being a double. There may not be a hotter hitter in baseball than Jesus Aguilar.
The Brewers big, slugging, first baseman may not be slowing down. Last season, his breakout season, in the month of August, he hit .270 with and OPS of .877. 38% of his hits were XBH and 66% of those were home runs. He did this while starting 22 of 26 games. Since his extremely slow start, his BA and Slugging Percentage has steadily improved and past stats show that trend will continue. If Aguilar can end the season with a BA around .240 and an OPS around .800, I will consider his season a positive considering how poorly he started. If he also finishes with about 16-19 home runs and 55-60 RBI, I’ll be even happier.
Now, I’m not saying Aguilar is back to the player he was last year. However, with how much he was criticized during his struggles, it’s only fair to give him credit when he’s positively producing. Brewer fans should be excited, if Aguilar heats up around playoff time, which I think he will, he’s an incredible x-factor that can be pivotal in a series.
*Stats according to baseball-reference.com*