The Cleveland Indians have promoted hard-hitting first baseman Jesus Aguilar from Triple-A Columbus, and he will be available for today’s contest against the Chicago White Sox. This will be his second shot at the Majors, following two separate brief stints with the team last season.
Aguilar's first Major League campaign was not great. In 19 games, he had an anemic .121/.211/.121 batting line with 0 home runs and strikeouts in 34.2% of his at-bats. He has the potential to hit for some power in the majors, if he can get those strikeout totals down and make better contact -- something he has done lately playing for the Triple-A Columbus Clippers.
However, with that said, he likely still is not a serious prospect expected to remain on the team indefinitely.
What role Aguilar will fill in on the Indians roster is not set in stone, but the Tribe are facing three straight left-handed pitchers coming up. Aguilar, a right-handed bat, is much better against lefties over his minor league career, so he could help provide a boost while the rest of the Indians lineup continues to snooze itself out of the playoff race. If he does see some playing time, he will most likely be hitting in the DH slot, allowing Ryan Raburn to continue mashing against southpaws in the outfield and allowing Michael Bourn to not go anywhere near a lefty.
Aguilar may also just be hanging around until Nick Swisher makes his return from the disabled list, which looks like it could be happening sooner rather than later.
The Indians have also announced that reliever Kyle Crockett has been optioned to Triple-A. Crockett allowed 2 runs on 3 hits in last night's 8-1 loss to the White Sox. On the season he's allowed only those 2 runs in 6.0 innings of work, along with 5 strikeouts and 3 walks.
Shout out to Todd Paquette for having the scoop on the promotion last night, well before it was announced.