A Minors Obsession

Where is Aristides Aquino hitting for power?

The minor league season is complete for every team on the farm with the lone exception of the Billings Mustangs (who will play for the Pioneer League Championship beginning on Wednesday in a best-of-three series). As I looked back at the end of the year stats one of the big things that stood out was just how many extra-base hits that Aristides Aquino had compared to the rest of the organization. He led the system in both triples and home runs, both by a wide margin, and he also had the fifth most doubles. Oh, and he did that while playing in the toughest league to hit for power in the entire minor leagues.

Now that the season is over I’ve taken it upon myself, as I do every year, to download all of the play-by-play data and dive into it, Scrooge McDuck style. The first individual player that I looked at this year was Aristides Aquino, because, well, come on.

The overall batting profile

Aquino is a right handed hitter and he’s got some pull tendencies in his game, but they aren’t overwhelming. When it comes to purely spreading the ball around the outfield, he went to left field 22% of the time, center field 15.4% of the time and right field 15.7% of the time. When the ball didn’t make it to the outfield ht was certainly pulling things a bit more. He pulled the ball to third or shortstop 28.5% of the time, while it only went to first or second 13.3% of the time. That’s how many hitters are – balls up are easier to elevate and hit the other way, so the “spray” to the outfield is usually quite a bit more even than on balls on the ground.

Where’s the power?

Just about every hitter on the planet has more power to their pull side than going to the opposite field and that holds true to Aristides Aquino. When he pulled the ball he hit .699 and slugged 1.470, good for an isolated power of .771. That’s quite impressive and his .771 isolated power to the pull side would have ranked 8th in the system last year (I haven’t completed any other players chart yet). He had 15 doubles, two triples and 15 home runs to left field.

When he went to center field things were even more impressive. He hit .508 and slugged 1.119, good for an isolated power of .610. Compared to players from last season that would have ranked second (only two players were even over the .500 mark in 2015 among Reds minor leaguers). Aquino had five doubles, five triples and seven home runs hit to center field.

When going to the opposite field the Dominican Republic native hit .407 and slugged .729. His .322 isolated power to the opposite field would have ranked 14th in the system (68 players) last season. It was the only part of the field where he saw his isolated power decline from 2015.  He had six doubles, five triples and a home run to right field during the season.

When we factor in just how much power he hit for and the league that he did it in, it’s even more impressive.

9 thoughts on “Where is Aristides Aquino hitting for power?

  1. Nice numbers in a pitching friendly league. How are his plate discipline numbers? I don’t love the BP-esque bat waggling but he gets into a pretty good position as the pitch is delivered. And it’s hard to tell from this small video sample but how much of his extra base hitting is speed based and how much is power based? Thanks as always Doug?

  2. Good info, Doug. It will be interested to see how AA does in AA next year.

    Question for you, do you think Shed Long will start next year in High A or AA? He hit over .320 in 38 games with the Tortugas. I’m still thinking High A because of all the 2B in the system.

    • Advanced-A. 38 games isn’t enough to warrant a promotion for most guys. Long is just 21-years-old, and will be for almost all of next year.

  3. Doug,
    I just wanted you to know that your A Minors Obsession Q&A column from earlier this year has generated some positive change with the Reds and Fox Sports Ohio. Earlier this year I asked you why the Reds TV broadcasts waited until late in the game, around the 8th inning, to announce birthdays and wedding anniversaries of the Reds fans that are in their mid and late 80’s and early 90’s as most of those people have probably gone to bed by the time their announcements were read in the 8th inning. Your answer was that you had no idea as to why they wait so late.
    Well, low and behold, over the last couple of months, the TV crew has been making these announcements early now, around 8:30- 8:45pm or the 4th inning. I’d bet that these old guys and gals get a kick out of this.
    Nice job for your column to effect positive change. Now our senior Reds fans can actually hear their name on TV and properly receive the recognition they deserve. Good job by the Reds, FSO and the TV crew too.

    • While I’d love to take credit for something like that, unless they said that’s why they’re moving it up, I doubt that my writing had anything to do with it.

  4. So he is 22 years old and has been professional since 2011? If he can have similar numbers at AA/AAA (split) next year, Could he be MLB ready by 2018 (Age 24 season)?

    • He’s still got some work to do. His plate discipline has certainly improved in the last year – and I think that’s why we saw his numbers do what they did. It will be very telling to see how he hits in Double-A as to whether he’s the type that can make that quick jump or not. Usually Double-A is the level where approach and pitch recognition really start to make or break a guy.

  5. I love Scrooge McDuck

    Loving Aristides as well as he has better all around tools vs. McDuck

    Thanks

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