Jesús Aguilar didn’t get a lot of hype going into the season, but it’s clear that it was a massive mistake. He’s on fire lately and is hitting .276/.340/.433 from the second spot in the batting order. He also added 5 home runs and 17 RBI. Let’s take a closer look at the slugging 1B/DH…
Jesús Aguilar is scorching hot for the Miami Marlins right now.
I decided to take a deeper look at how good Jesús Aguilar has been for The Fish lately and it’s amazing! He’s hitting .323/.323/.597 throughout the month of May so far. Perhaps some of the free agent splash that we were talking about, happened under the radar, with The Fish re-signing Aguilar being more important than once thought.
The Miami Marlins offense has been a major question making going into the season, but thanks to contributions from sluggers such as Jesús Aguilar, The Fish are actually scoring an above average 4.28 runs per game. Do you want to guess who is just above Miami? The NL East leading New York Mets are scoring 4.37 runs per game. This is actually a very small difference and shows that the Miami Marlins are better offensively than it was expected. A big reason is Jesús Aguilar.
Does it make sense for Miami Marlins GM Kim NG to offer Jesús Aguilar an extension offer? The 31 year old Aguilar is a free agent after the season and is at this point deserving of consideration in our future plans. For reference, he hit .261/.329/.459 last season with 22 home runs and 93 RBI. If he didn’t get injured and miss significant time, he would’ve done even better.
Jesús Aguilar’s best season is still his 2018 with Milwaukee, when he hit .274/.352/.539 with 35 home runs and 108 RBI. Why can’t he do the same for The Fish? First basemen are not in high demand in free agency these days, so looking at his age and track record, would a 2-3 year deal for $10 million a year work? I think that it could.
Jesús Aguilar has been a vital part of the Miami Marlins lineup so far. As we enjoy watching him help make The Fish’s offense one above average one in the game, let’s think about extending him and keeping him around longer.