Jesus Aguilar has monster campaign in winter league
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/29/2014) Indians first base prospect Jesus Aguilar had quite the offseason in the Venezuelan Winter League. The 23-year-old prospect hit .327 with a .403 on-base percentage, .597 slugging percentage, 1.000 OPS, 18 home runs and 50 RBI in 58 games.
"It was crazy," Aguilar told The Plain Dealer. "I never thought about hitting home runs. I never thought about that. I just tried to help my team."
Aguilar said his teammates in Venezuela and veteran major leaguers Bobby Abreu and Alex Gonzalez helped him with his approach this winter.
"(Abreu) told me you have to have a good routine if you want to be a good player and good hitter," Aguilar said. "(Gonzalez) told me to try and have control of every situation and prepare myself before every at-bat."
The Indians have taken notice of Aguilar's progress. He hit .275 with 16 home runs, 28 doubles and 105 RBI in 130 games for Double-A Akron last season. Although Aguilar is expected to begin the season at Triple-A Columbus, he could put himself in line for a promotion to the majors this season.
"Jesus has raw power," said Ross Atkins, Indians' director of player development. "The thing that stands out is the professionalism of his at bats."