31. 1B Jesus Aguilar
Although no longer apart of the franchise, in the two short years the Brewers had with Jesus Aguilar, they were surely seasons to remember.
Making his major league debut with the Cleveland Indians in 2014, Aguilar has been around for a while, but didn’t get much of an opportunity in the big leagues until the Brewers claimed him on waivers. Here are his WAR numbers broken down by year:
2017: 1.0 WAR
Total WAR: 3.8
The Indians would place him on waivers prior to spring training in 2017 as he was out of minor league options. Shortly after, the Milwaukee Brewers claimed Aguilar for their open 40 man roster spot. After Aguilar put out a strong performance in 2017 Spring Training, he earned a spot on the Brewers’ Opening Day roster. In 133 games, he posted a strong .836 OPS with 16 home runs and 52 RBI’s, with most of his appearances coming as a pinch hitter.
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Aguilar would continue 2018 with the Brewers, covering for Eric Thames when he suffered a thumb injury. He thrived in the everyday role, going on a huge hot streak that carried the team in the first half. With 23 home runs in the first half, he was invited to participate in the Home Run Derby, and was voted a 2018 All Star along with his teammates Christian Yelich, Lorenzo Cain, Josh Hader, and Jeremy Jeffress. Aguilar would finish his 2018 season with an .891 OPS, 35 home runs, and 108 RBI’s in 149 games played.
Handed the starting role at first base in 2019, Aguilar got off to a slow start offensively and couldn’t really bust out of it. Thames started to heat up, took the role for himself, and Aguilar was due for a change of scenery.
2019 would bring Aguilar’s tenure with the Milwaukee Brewers to an end when he was traded for RHP Jake Faria from the Tampa Bay Rays as the Brewers were in need of some pitching assistance. Aguilar didn’t get much playing time with the Rays and was not included on their postseason roster.
In the time Jesus Aguilar did spend with the Brewers, he became a fan favorite and knew how to hype up the crowd and be a cheerleader from the dugout for his teammates. He was a lovable guy who made the most of his opportunity in Milwaukee and had some big moments. All his contributions land him at No. 31 on our countdown.
Stay tuned as we continue our countdown later this week as we close in on the top spot.