There is absolutely no question as to who the Miami Marlins hottest hitter is currently.
Where would the Miami Marlins be without Jesus Aguilar? Aguilar is not only the current hottest hitter on the Marlins, but you could make the argument that he is the hottest hitter in baseball at the moment.
Aguilar came into the month of May after collecting a hit in 8 of the last 9 games in the month of April, while also finishing the month with a .296 batting average. Aguilar carried that success over to the month of May collecting 3 hits in his first 7 games. However, once the Marlins took the field in Arizona for a 4-game series against the Diamondbacks, something clicked for Aguilar offensively.
Miami Marlins 1B Jesus Aguilar dominated the Diamondbacks offensively.
Even though the Marlins and Diamondbacks split the four game series 2-2, there is no denying how dominant Aguilar was offensively.
After going 1/12 at the plate when the Marlins swept Arizona a little over a week ago in Miami, Aguilar was a completely different hitter this time around. If you have any doubt as to how good he truly was during this series, just look at the stats.
Jesus Aguilar vs Arizona (5/10 – 5/13)
- 4 games – 9/17, 4 R, 3 2B, 3 HR, 7 RBI
Yes, you’re reading that correctly, 9 hits in 4 games. Aguilar also had three multi-hit games, drew one walk, and only struck out twice.
When also looking at his season averages, they also all rose a substantial amount over the last four days from when he entered Arizona to when he left.
- Batting Average – .266 to .303
- OBP – .357 to .385
- SLG% – .505 to .590
- OPS – .861 to .975
Now the Marlins team leader in almost every major offensive statistical category, Aguilar is beginning to emerge as a dark-horse MVP candidate. Yes, it’s obviously still way-too-early for MVP talk, but there is no denying just how good Aguilar has been.
Another benefit to Aguilar’s current success? The Marlins don’t feel pressured to rush top 1B prospect Lewin Diaz to the major leagues. With no DH in the NL this season, allowing Diaz to continue to develop everyday in Triple-A while Aguilar swings a hot bat is a win-win situation for the Marlins.
While it’s unknown as to whether Aguilar continues this run at the plate for the rest of the road-trip, it’s good to see him producing at this level for a Marlins lineup that has seen its fair share of ups and downs so far this season. If Aguilar does continue this trend however, are we in for another phenomenal offensive showing starting tonight against the Dodgers?