Aguilar with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2019
|Milwaukee Brewers – No. 24|
|Born: June 30, 1990|
|May 15, 2014, for the Cleveland Indians|
|MLB statistics |
(through July 18, 2019)
|Runs batted in||199|
|Career highlights and awards|
Jesús Alexander Aguilar (born June 30, 1990) is a Venezuelan professional baseball first baseman for the Milwaukee Brewers of Major League Baseball (MLB). He made his MLB debut in 2014 with the Cleveland Indians. Aguilar was an All-Star in 2018.
Aguilar signed with the Cleveland Indians as an amateur free agent in November 2007. He spent his first two seasons with the Dominican Summer League Indians. After splitting 2010 between two minor league teams, he hit 23 home runs during the 2011 season between the Lake County Captains of the Class A Midwest League and the Kinston Indians of the Class A-Advanced Carolina League. In 2011, Aguilar was also on the Carolina Mudcats roster, then an affiilate of the Cleveland Indians. Aguilar and Francisco Lindor represented the Indians in the 2012 All-Star Futures Game. The Indians invited Aguilar to spring training in 2013 as a non-roster invitee.
Playing for the Akron Aeros of the Class AA Eastern League in 2013, Aguilar had a .275 batting average, 28 doubles, 16 home runs, and 105 runs batted in (RBIs), setting an Akron franchise record in RBIs. He was added to the Indians 40-man roster on November 20, 2013.
Starting the 2014 season with the Columbus Clippers of the Class AAA International League, Aguilar batted .298 with seven home runs and 19 RBIs in 37 games, before the Indians promoted him to the major leagues on May 15, 2014. He was returned to Columbus on June 6 after playing in eight games for the Indians.
Aguliar began the 2015 season with Columbus. He was named the International League's starting first baseman in the Triple-A All-Star Game. The Indians promoted Aguilar back to the major leagues on July 24. In 2016, Aguilar led the International League with 30 home runs and 92 RBIs. However, the Indians designated Aguilar for assignment on January 26, 2017.
Aguilar was claimed off waivers by the Milwaukee Brewers on February 2, 2017. After a strong performance during spring training in 2017, Aguilar made the Brewers' Opening Day roster. He played in 133 games, finishing the season with a .265 batting average, .331 OBP, 16 home runs, and 52 RBIs.
Aguilar continued to play in 2018, due to an injury to Eric Thames. Batting .307 with 23 home runs and 67 RBIs, he won the NL's Final Vote for the 2018 MLB All-Star Game and he also accepted an invitation to participate in the Home Run Derby. He cooled off in the second half, but still finished the season hitting .274 with 35 home runs and 108 RBI, and tied for the major league lead in sacrifice flies (10). In the 2018 NLDS, against the Colorado Rockies, he went 1-for-11 with a home run in Game 3 off of German Marquez in the Brewers' series-clinching 6-0 victory.
Aguilar was born to Jesus and Maria Aguilar, and is the youngest of three children.
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