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Reds slugger Aquino still putting the ball in the seats with hot August bat

Aristides Aquino (courtesy MLBpressbox.com)

The Cincinnati Reds knew they could take a chance on slugging outfielder Aristides Aquino.

The slender Dominican was having a good summer banging out homers at AA Pensacola Blue Wahoos. He was hitting .249 with 18 homers but struck out 103 times in 378 at bats. But the Reds minor league staff felt he could play at the MLB level. The only concern was making contact.

But so far in he has exceeded expectations literally. His stats:

17 Games

55 At Bats

15 Runs

19 Hits

11 Homers

22 RBI

.345 AVG

.390 OBP

1.353 OPS

 

He is compiling records on the way:

*With 11 HR in August, Aristides Aquino is 3 shy of the club record for HR in a calendar month. Frank Robinson hit 14 HR in August 1962 and Greg Vaughn 14 HR in September 1999. The Reds have 14 games left this month.

*@EliasSports

: With 11 HR in 17 games, Aristides Aquino will share, at least, with Rhys Hoskins the modern Major League record for HR in a player’s first 18, 19 or 20 career games. Hoskins hit his 11th HR in his 18th career game.

His 10 dingers are the most by any player in MLB history in the modern era in his first 16 career games. (via
*MLB PLAYERS WITH THE FEWEST PLATE APPEARANCES TO REACH 11 HOME RUNS
Mike Schmidt Philadelphia 1976 56
Aristides Aquino Cincinnati 2019 58
Albert Pujols St. Louis 2006 67
Alex Rodriguez NY Yankees 2007 69
Willie “Pops” Stargell Pittsburgh 1971 71
Luis Gonzalez Arizona 2001 73
Ted “Splendid Splinter” Williams Boston 1953 74