The Jesus Aguilar Revenge Season Resumes as the Marlins Return to Play

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Jesus Aguilar Revenge Season status: back on track.

An eight-day hiatus due to a coronavirus outbreak couldn’t slow the big man down, as Aguilar went deep for the third time in his first four games as a Miami Marlin.

This dinger was by far the most majestic of the trio, as the former All-Star and Home Run Derby participant pulled his hands in on an inside fastball and launched it into the left-field bleachers. The ball left the bat at 105.8 miles per hour, carried 414 feet, and held an expected batting average of .980. In other words, it was crushed.

After a disappointing 2019 season, Aguilar is off to a hot start in his new threads. Last year, it took him until his 86th plate appearance to go deep for the first time. This year, he first left the yard in his third trip to the plate. His early power surge has him boasting a ridiculous .563 ISO and 205 wRC+ through 18 plate appearances.

An encouraging sign for Aguilar in the early going of this strange season is that each of his three home runs have been hit to a different area of the ballpark. When at his best, he did his damage by going with the pitch and crushing homers to all fields, which is what made him so dangerous during his All-Star campaign. Seeing him slug a curveball down the middle to left-center, knock a slider on the outer third of the plate over the right-center field fence, and pull an inside fastball for a towering shot all in just a few games is promising.

The slugger tends to hit his round-trippers in bunches, so don’t be surprised if he continues to put on a power clinic for a few more days.

Who’s he getting revenge on? I don’t know. Maybe the baseball gods for blindsiding him with a tough 2019. Maybe the Brewers for trading him or the Rays for DFA’ing him. Probably no one — Jesus seems like a pretty easygoing guy. But “revenge season” sounds more badass.

So Jesus Aguilar Revenge Season it is, and if the Marlins’ coronavirus scare is behind them, it can hopefully continue without further interruption.

Baseball writer and analyst for Brew Crew Ball and Pitcher List, Director of Baseball Analytics for Wisconsin Lutheran College, and chocolate milk connoisseur.

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