The Yankees assigned then 17-year-old Aguilar to the Yankees 2 team of the Dominican Summer League. In 49 games, Aguilar slashed .234/.284/.251 where he had 40 hits, three of which were doubles and 11 runs driven in. As with the seasons that would follow, Aguilar spent time between shortstop, second base, and third base.
Aguilar returned to the Yankees 2 squad in the Dominican Summer League. He appeared in 62 games and produced a slash line of .262/.326/.406 with 18 doubles, three triples, and three home runs. He also drove home 37 runs.
The Yankees decided to move Aguilar up to the Rookie-level Gulf Coast Yankees 2 team. Aguilar played in 39 games where he posted an impressive slash line of .311/.373/.536 while ripping seven home runs, 11 doubles, and one triple. After stealing just three bases in four attempts in his first two professional seasons, he swiped eight bags in 10 attempts.
Aguilar’s strong play earned him a promotion to the Class A Charleston RiverDogs of the South Atlantic League. In 87 games, he slashed .229/.283/.330 with 22 doubles and two triples. He also hit two home runs and stole 14 bases in 17 tries.
Aguilar returned to Charleston to start 2016. He played in 64 games and put up a slash line of .220/.267/.383 with 11 doubles, one triple, and eight home runs. On July 5, Aguilar was sent down to the Staten Island Yankees of the Class A short-season New York-Penn League.
At Staten Island, he appeared in 51 games and slashed .222/.266/.373 and collected an additional 11 doubles while smacking five home homes. Between Charleston and Staten Island, Aguilar stole 14 out of 17 bases matching his 2015 season. Aguilar did struggle with an undisclosed injury during the season.
Aguilar once again returned to Charleston to start the season. He would end up playing 66 games with the RiverDogs and produced a much-improved slash line of .265/.309/.372 while earning 16 doubles, one triple, and three home runs.
That performance earned Aguilar a promotion to the Tampa Yankees on June 27. In 41 games, Aguilar slashed .199/.240/.298 while picking up three doubles and three home runs. Aguilar’s base stealing suffered as he stole seven bases in 15 attempts between Charleston and Tampa.
Aguilar is a versatile infielder who plays second base, shortstop and third base very well. He has a good arm and good agility. Offensively he is a contact hitter and knows he’s not a home run hitter. He tries to be aggressive at the plate and look for his pitch.
Aguilar should start the season with the Class A Advanced Tampa Tarpons. Aguilar will turn 23 this year, and he should begin to maximizing his abilities.
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