The life of a ballplayer consists of a multitude of adjustments.
Whether he’s adjusting to a three-game series in a new city or fighting off a 3-2 change-up, Jesus Aguilar is learning to handle change.
Last year, I spoke with Aguilar in late August as the season was drawing to a close. The first baseman was promoted to double-A Akron in mid-August after a solid bid with the high-A Carolina Mudcats, where he hit .277 with 58 RBIs and 12 home runs. Through 20 games with the Aeros, Aguilar hit .292 with a trio of home runs, 12 RBIs and .902 OPS.
When we spoke back in August, Aguilar told me his biggest focus was on driving the ball, which required some adjustments in his swing. He said the opposing pitching of the Eastern League was considerably tougher than that of the Carolina League, which in turn made the breaking pitches more advanced.
Aguilar encountered a bit of trouble with the curve as he found himself lunging forward on breaking pitches. This led to some adjustments in his fo...