- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 4", Weight 220 lb.
Outfielder Aristides Aquino was originally signed by the Cincinnati Reds in 2011 and was a veteran of 8 minor league seasons when he finally received the call to The Show in August of 2018. In 2016, he was the Player of the Year in the Florida State League with the Daytona Tortugas when he hit .273 with 26 doubles, 12 triples and 23 homers and 79 RBI in 125 games. He played just one game on August 19th, against the San Francisco Giants. He entered as a pinch-runner for Scooter Gennett in the 6th, then stayed in to play right field and struck out against Ray Black in his lone at-bat.
In 2019, he played in AAA for the first time and had a great year, hitting .299 with 28 homers and 53 RBI in 78 games for the Louisville Bats of the International League. He was called up on August 1st following the trade of RF Yasiel Puig to the Cleveland Indians, and given a chance to play, he showed a red hot bat after starting off 0-for-6 in his first two games. On August 3rd, he had his first two career hits, including a three-run homer off Dallas Keuchel of the Atlanta Braves. On August 10th, he had a three-homer game, hitting all three long balls in the first four innings, to lead the Reds to a 10-1 win over the Chicago Cubs. He tied Trevor Story's record of hitting 7 homers in his first 10 big league games, and joined Bobby Estalella as the only two players to have a three-homer game in their first 10 games in the majors. He was also only the second rookie in Reds history to homer in four straight games, after Eric Davis, who had done so in 1984. Coincidentally, Aquino was wearing the same number as Davis, 44. With a two-run homer in a 7-6 loss to the Washington Nationals on August 12th, he became the first major leaguer with 8 homers in his first 12 games, then made it 9 in 13 games with another long ball the next day. He needed just 47 plate appearances to reach 9 homers, the fewest ever, beating out Rhys Hoskins who had done it in 65 PA. He was also leading the majors with 17 RBI since the start of August. Home run #10 came on August 16th, his 16th game, for another record, and home run #11 the next day, as he was now in completely unprecedented territory. He did keep up that pace indefinitely, but on August 28th he hit his 13th homer in a 5-0 win over the Miami Marlins in his 100th plate appearance, another unprecedented feat. He also set a new club record for most homers in a month by a rookie, surpassing Adam Dunn and tying the National League record set by Cody Bellinger in June 2017. He promptly broke Bellinger's record with a big fly the next day. He was both National League Player of the Month (an award he shared with Nick Ahmed) and Rookie of the Month for August as he ended the month with a .320 average, 14 homers and 33 RBI. He cooled down in September to finish the year with a .259/.316/.576 line behind 19 home runs and 47 RBI.
- Mark Sheldon: "With 8th HR, Reds' Aquino in category of one", mlb.com, August 13, 2019.