WALKOFF in Milwaukee!
— Bleacher Report MLB (@BR_MLB) June 23, 2018
Jesus Aguilar has been one of the most enjoyable Brewers to watch this season as he makes his push to be the everyday first basemen (which he should be). Aguilar who is turning 28 June 30th has the chance to be the Brewers 1st basemen for the next 5-7 years with no highly ranked first basemen coming up in the minors.
Last season Aguilar broke out as the Brewers top man off the bench, coming up clutch many times off the bench for Craig Counsell. Aguilar had 311 plate appearances in 133 games last season hitting .265 with 16 home runs 52 RBIs and a .837 OPS. Coming into this season playing time looked scarce for Aguilar with Braun making the move to first base, in what appeared to be a platoon with Braun and Thames. After early season injuries to Yelich, Braun, and Thames, Aguilar saw his playing time skyrocket and he has made the best out of his opportunities.
Aguilar is 78 plate appearances from passing last years total and he has played in 65 fewer games. On the season he is hitting .302 with 17 home runs and 51 RBIs with a .975 OPS.
Aguilar vs. MLB 1st Base
- .302 AVG- 3rd (2nd in NL)
- 62 Hits- 15th (9th in NL)
- 205 At Bats- 26th (13th in NL)
- 13 Doubles- 14th (9th in NL)
- 17 Home runs- 2nd (Tied for 1st in NL)
- 51 RBIs- 2nd in MLB and NL
- .975 OPS- 1st
Unfortunately for Aguilar, he didn’t make the all-star game ballot, but that wouldn’t have mattered anyway, he wouldn’t get the votes. It would be hard for him to crack the top five with these big market teams getting their guys the votes. Aguilar will most likely be on the final vote ballot because of his success this season and since he did not make the original ballot. I still believe he will have trouble making the All-Star game unless he is named by the manager, but as Brewers fans, we can hope!
*Featured image taken from Flickr, posted by Paul Hadsall