Luis Aguayo Muriel
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 9", Weight 185 lb.
Luis Aguayo had the kind of career that latter-day salary structures would probably not allow: a quiet ten-year career as a modestly-paid utility infielder. He spent nine of those seasons with the same team, the Philadelphia Phillies. Starting infielders came and went, but Aguayo was a fixture on the Phillies' bench during the 1980s. He was capable of playing third base, second base, and shortstop, but third base was considered his best position. The conventional wisdom was that he lacked the range and arm to handle shortstop for an extended period of time.
Aguayo was signed in December 1975 as a free agent for the Phillies by Jim Bunning and scout Luis Peraza. His first big league break came in the spring of 1980, when he briefly took over as the Phillies' second baseman when Manny Trillo went down with an injury. However, he spent most of 1980 in the American Association, where he led the league in errors. After spending 1981 as a utility infielder for the Phillies, Aguayo was part of trade rumors that had him going to the Chicago Cubs with Larry Bowa and Dick Davis for Ivan DeJesus and Bill Caudill. Unfortunately for Phillies fans, the trade was restructured to include Ryne Sandberg instead.
Aguayo remained in Philadelphia in 1982, but spent most of 1983 in Triple A Portland. He returned to the big leagues to stay in 1984. In 1987, Aguayo raised some eyebrows by popping 12 homers in 209 at bats. This was held out by some as evidence of that season's "rabbit ball," but Aguayo (who was reputedly a dead fastball hitter) did have some pop in his bat.
On July 15, 1988, Aguayo was traded to the New York Yankees for Amalio Carreno. He signed with the Cleveland Indians in 1989 and finished up his major league career riding their bench. Aguayo played briefly for the Triple A Edmonton Trappers in 1990 and the Triple A Pawtucket Red Sox in 1991.
After retiring, Aguayo coached at Triple A Pawtucket from 1993 to 1995, and managed the Rookie GCL Red Sox from 1997 to 1998, the Class A Lowell Spinners in 1999, the Pioneer League Billings Mustangs in 2004, and GCL Reds in 2005-2006. On June 17, 2008 he was named first base coach of the New York Mets to replace the fired Tom Nieto, but was reassigned at season's end.
He primarily wore number 16.
- "Luis Aguayo is on deck. Aguayo hasn't exactly been reminding anybody of Rogers Hornsby lately." --Richie Ashburn
- "Aguayo's running at first base. He doesn't have great speed ... what am I saying? he doesn't have good speed, he doesn't even have average speed. The man is slow." --Richie Ashburn
Year-By-Year Minor League Managerial Record
|1997||GCL Red Sox||Gulf Coast League||31-28||5th (t)||Boston Red Sox|
|1998||GCL Red Sox||Gulf Coast League||27-33||10th||Boston Red Sox|
|1999||Lowell Spinners||New York-Penn League||34-42||10th (t)||Boston Red Sox|
|2004||Billings Mustangs||Pioneer League||37-37||5th||Cincinnati Reds|
|2005||GCL Reds||Gulf Coast League||22-32||11th||Cincinnati Reds|
|2006||GCL Reds||Gulf Coast League||18-34||13th||Cincinnati Reds|
|2010||Palm Beach Cardinals||Florida State League||75-65||5th||St. Louis Cardinals|
|2011||Palm Beach Cardinals||Florida State League||68-70||7th||St. Louis Cardinals|
|2012||Quad Cities River Bandits||Midwest League||68-71||9th||St. Louis Cardinals|