Aristides Aquino came stateside for the first time in his career in 2013.  The 19-year old outfielder manned right field in both Arizona and Billings.

The season got rolling on the 20th of June for Aquino.  In that game against the Indians, he went 1-5 with the lone hit being a home run.  After that, he went 0-4 in his next 5 games.  He was able to go 5-9 in his last two games of June with a double, triple, and two strikeouts.  June was a short month for Aquino and he hit a .176/.200/.353 line.  He struck out 5 times without drawing a walk.

July started out slow but was a very good month overall.  In the first 4 games he went just 2-15 with a double and 4 strikeouts.  Between the 6th and 11th, he hit successfully in all 5 games and collected 3 multi-hit games.  During the streak, he went 10-23 with 3 doubles, 2 walks, and 3 strikeouts.  Throughout the middle of the month, he put up strong numbers.  From the 12th through the 24th, he swatted 13-43 including 3 doubles, 3 triples, 2 walks, and 8 strikeouts over 10 games.  In his last 4 games of July he hit 5-18 with 4 doubles, a home run, and 6 strikeouts.  Aquino showed some good power in July and totaled a .303/.340/.505 line plus a .202 IsoP.  Unfortunately, he swung and missed to a tally of 21 strikeouts and walked just 4 times.

Aquino spent half of August in Arizona and half in Billings.  To start the month, he hit 6-29 in 7 games.  He was able to collect 3 2-hit games in that time frame but no extra base hits.  In the second week of August he knocked 12-32 in 8 games, including 3 hit-less games.  This stretch ended his time in Arizona, but he was able to add 3 doubles, 2 triples, 2 home runs, 5 walks, and 4 strikeouts.  After arriving in Billings, Aquino got into 11 games in August.  He held his own and hit 12-51 with a triple and 3 home runs, but struck out 13 times without drawing a walk.  Also, he was only held hit-less in 2 games.  In August, Aquino continued to flash power with a .268/.311/.482 line and a .214 IsoP.    While he improved to 6 walks, he also increased his strikeouts to 27 for the month.

In September, he saw the field in 5 games and slapped just 2-18 with a double, 10 strikeouts, and 2 walks.

Season Stats

AZL Reds 209 194 54 15 6 4 38 4 3 10 40 .278 .325 .479 .805
Billings 70 66 14 1 1 3 10 1 1 2 22 .212 .229 .394 .623
Total 279 260 68 16 7 7 48 5 4 12 66 .262 .301 .458 .759

Overall Thoughts

Aristides Aquino had a successful season in 2013, especially when we consider that it was also easily his best season as a professional and it came at the highest levels he has played at. He had some struggles, particularly with his plate discipline as he posted a 4-to-1 strikeout to walk ratio in Arizona and 11-to-1 in Billings. He showed plenty of success though too. He showed off pretty good power, big improvements from the previous year and strong defense where he had 10 assists in just 59 games played. A very toolsy player, it will be interesting to see how he can build on the progress he made in 2013 in the upcoming season.

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8 Responses

  1. The Duke

    Aquino’s one of the Reds more interesting tools guys, I hope he can keep progressing in Billings this year, but he’s got to bring those K totals down.

    • Doug Gray

      The strikeout rate in Arizona was actually solid. The more advanced guys in Billings did a number on him though.

  2. Stock

    Reds sign Roger Bernadina to a minor league deal. Hit .181 last year in 227 AB but in 227 AB in 2012 he hit .291.

    That is what happens when your BABIP drops from .359 to .234. He can play CF though. He could be the 5th reserve.

    • Doug Gray

      I just posted about it. The numbers say he actually can’t play CF, even though teams have let him stand out there.

  3. rick in boise

    “even though teams have let him stand out there.”

    Does anyone remember Alex Johnson? .300 hitting LF for the Reds when they were sill in Crosley?

    He was famed for positioning in LF.. in the shade. He basically hung out there until it was time to go hit. :) Dude could hit ropes all day though…

    • Doug Gray

      I decided to look him up. Only played two years with the Reds. Total Zone actually didn’t think he was a terrible defender. Of course, total zone doesn’t do much more for me than fielding percentage does. From 67-69 he posted 3+ WAR seasons. The entire rest of his career he was negative WAR overall. Very strange.

    • terry m

      I think Alex almost won the bating title while he was with the Reds. I think he lost it on the last day of the season. Long time ago though and my memory is not as good as before…