Jesus Alexander Aguilar
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 3", Weight 241 lb.
Jesus Aguilar made the major leagues in 2014.
Aguilar was signed by Cleveland Indians scout Jesus Mendoza in 2007. He hit .209/.286/.311 for the DSL Indians, driving in 45 runs in 68 games as their main 1B. He tied for 6th in the Dominican Summer League in RBI. The next year, he batted .305/.412/.460 with 46 RBI in 55 games, fielding .996 at 1B. He was 8th in the DSL in RBI. In 2010, he played for the AZL Indians (.259/.293/.482, 7 HR in 29 G) and Mahoning Valley Scrappers (.244/.301/.366 in 32 G). He tied for the Arizona League home run lead.
Jesus had his first exposure to full-season leagues in 2011 and did not miss a beat. He hit .292/.370/.544 with 19 homers and 69 RBI in 95 games for the Lake County Captains and .257/.323/.389 in 31 games for the 2011 Kinston Indians. He tied Jon Garcia for 7th in the Midwest League in home runs, was 3rd in slugging (behind Brian Fletcher and Josh Whitaker) and was second in OPS (42 points shy of Whitaker). He was named the MWL All-Star first baseman, joining Hernan Perez, Billy Hamilton and Nick Castellanos as the infielders chosen. Among Indians farmhands, he finished the year tied for third in doubles (30, even with Tyler Cannon and Chad Huffman), second in homers (23, one behind Jerad Head) and led in both RBI (82, 7 over Luis Valbuena) and total bases (234, 12 over Head). Baseball America named him as the best power hitter in the Indians chain and as their #25 prospect.
He made his Venezuelan Winter League debut with the Leones del Caracas, producing at a .275/.358/.478 clip in 81 plate appearances in 2011-2012. He fielded .996 in the summer of 2012, split between the Carolina Mudcats (.277/.366/.454 in 107 G) and Akron Aeros (.292/.402/.500 in 20 G), with 31 doubles, 15 homers, 75 runs and 71 RBI. He appeared in the 2012 Futures Game, starting at 1B and hitting 7th in a 17-5 World loss to the US. He drew a second-inning walk from Gerrit Cole, singled off Dylan Bundy in the 4th, flew out against Jameson Taillon in the sixth and flew out facing Zach Wheeler in the 8th. For the year, he tied Anthony Gallas for third in the Indians chain in doubles, tied Carlos Moncrief for 7th in dingers and was 4th in RBI. Baseball America again ranked him as the Indians' top power prospect, while upgrading him to their #9 prospect overall. He hit .267/.328/.533 for Caracas in the winter.
In the summer of 2013, Aguilar produced at a .275/.349/.427 clip for Akron, with 28 doubles, 16 home runs and 105 RBI. He led the Eastern League in RBI, 8 ahead of Caleb Joseph and led first basemen in assists (84) and errors (14). He was the EL All-Star DH; Allan Dykstra was picked at 1B. He led Indians farmhands in RBI, 29 ahead of #2 Erik Gonzalez. He also tied Joe Wendle for third in homers, tied Dorssys Paulino for 6th in doubles and was third in total bases (behind Moncrief and Tyler Naquin). He was 10th in all of the minors in RBI. Baseball America listed him as the #15 Indians prospect.
With Caracas in 2013-2014, Aguilar fielded .996 at 1B and hit a superb .327/.403/.597 with 18 home runs, 49 runs and 50 RBI in 58 games. He was third in the Venezuelan League in runs (behind Jose Pirela and Niuman Romero), second in homers (three shy of Alex Cabrera), 4th in RBI (after Cabrera, Mario Lissón and Hector Gimenez), 3rd in total bases (behind Cabrera and Cory Aldridge), 7th in average (between C.J. Retherford and Leslie Anderson) and third behind Cabrera and Aldridge in both slugging and OPS. He also won the Gold Glove at 1B.
He began 2014 with the Columbus Clippers and was batting .298/.395/.519 with 7 homers and 20 walks after 37 games. He was called up to The Show when Nyjer Morgan went on the DL. In his debut, he hit 6th and played DH in a 4-2 loss to the Blue Jays. He drew a walk from J.A. Happ, then was retired twice by Happ. Lonnie Chisenhall batted for him in the 8th.
It took him until his fourth big league season - but only his 100th at-bat - to hit his first career homer. It came in a key situation on May 4, 2017 against Matt Bowman of the St. Louis Cardinals, breaking a 4-4 tie in the 7th inning to propel Milwaukee to a 5-4 win.