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.
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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