To say that it’s been a turn-around season for Aristides Aquino would be an understatement. In 2018 at the Double-A level he struggled, hitting just .240/.306/.448 in what was his second full season at the level. This season has been just about the complete opposite. And on Sunday he kept that season going for the Louisville Bats, crushing his 18th home run of the season in just his 52nd game played.
While he missed half of April and half of May, he was good in both months. April saw the 25-year-old outfielder hit .286/.345/.633. May was good for a .352/.386/.500 line in 13 games after returning from the injured list. June, though, was a different level of good for Aristides Aquino. Over 24 games played during the month he hit .300/.376/.744 with 12 home runs.
There’s no question that the move to the Major League baseball being used in Triple-A this year is boosting the power numbers across the league. The isolated power (SLG-AVG) in the International League is up to .182 this season. Last year it was .137. For Aristides Aquino, he’s got an isolated power of .337. It’s just a different level of power that he’s showing than the “normal” boost that the league as a whole is getting.
Stuart Fairchild keeps going in Double-A
After a very rough April in Daytona, Stuart Fairchild tore through the Florida State League for the next 7 weeks for the Tortugas. Over 161 plate appearances the outfielder hit .319/.398/.546 with 19 extra-base hits in 38 games played. That earned him a promotion to Double-A where he joined the Chattanooga Lookouts on June 25th.
Things haven’t slowed down since then, either. Stuart Fairchild homered for the first time in Double-A on Sunday night and he’s now hitting .429/.529/.786 through the first five games with the Lookouts. Even with such a tough April, he’s up to .278/.359/.464 on the season between his two stops.