Clippers’ Aguilar Named International League Batter of the Week
Bob Toth | On 07, Sep 2016
Jesus Aguilar capped off a powerful season at the plate with a big final week of the International League regular season, earning the league’s Batter of the Week award for games played between August 29 and September 5.
In his final three series and eight games on the schedule, Aguilar registered hits in six games and reached base safely in seven total contests. He slashed .406/.441/.875 in the week, going 13-for-32 with three doubles, four home runs, and ten RBI, including runs batted in during six different games.
After going 0-for-4 on August 29 at Durham, the 26-year-old slugger had a pair of extra base hits with a double and homer while driving in three in the Clippers’ 5-1 win against the Bulls. He added a double the following game in five at bats, knocking in another run as the Clippers lost on a walk-off grand slam by Dayron Varona off of Columbus reliever Josh Martin.
As the calendar flipped and the team returned home to Columbus to host the Toledo Mud Hens, Aguilar continued his hot hitting. He went 2-for-4 in the series opener with a single and a solo home run. He followed that up with a three-hit game, coming up a triple short of the cycle while plating two more runs, the fourth straight game he had an RBI.
He took an 0-for-3 on Saturday in the home finale before the series moved to Toledo, where he went 5-for-8 at Fifth Third Field, with three hits (including another homer) and two RBI on Sunday and a pair of singles in five trips with a run scored and a run batted in on Monday as the Clippers pounded rehabbing Major Leaguer Jordan Zimmermann.
Aguilar put together a .247/.319/.472 line at the plate in 137 games for Columbus on the season with 26 doubles, 30 homers, and 92 RBI while scoring 62 runs. After hitting just .221 with a .300 on-base percentage before the All-Star break in 89 games, he hit .292 with a .353 OBP in 48 games while maintaining his home run rate and increasing his overall run production.
With nearly three and a half times as many at bats against right-handers than left-handers, the right-handed hitting Aguilar hit .266 while defying conventional splits. He hit just .179 against southpaws.
The 40-man member has appeared in 26 games with the Cleveland Indians over the course of the 2014 and 2015 seasons.
Photo: Kyle Robertson/The Columbus Dispatch