Entering August, Cincinnati Reds outfielder Aristides Aquino had one plate appearance — last season — in the majors. Well, here we are on Aug. 10, and Aquino has seven homers.

Aquino has seven homers in his first nine games this season. And he hit three homers in his first three plate appearances against the Chicago Cubs on Saturday night.

The third dinger was a massive blast, estimated at 452 feet by Statcast.

Aquino joins the Colorado Rockies’ Trevor Story as the only players to hit seven homers in their first 10 MLB games in the live-ball era.


Aquino is 25 years old and wasn’t really viewed as much of a “prospect” before the call-up, but he clearly has big-time power. The 6’4, 220-pounder had 28 homers and a .636 slugging percentage in 323 plate appearances Triple-A Louisville (35 homers in 352 plate appearances combined between the two levels).

Now, the Cubs have grooved Aquino far too many pitches in this series, and you can be sure that advanced scouts are jotting notes down to attack Aquino with pitches out of the zone. Aquino’s minor league numbers suggest he’s a bit of a free-swinger; he last had a walk percentage above 7.9 in 2012 (rookie ball).

But there’s no doubt Aquino can at least hit the heck out of a mistake, and pitchers will make mistakes, even if they develop a better plan of attack for the right-handed slugger.

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