This article is part of our Oak's Corner series.
The Week That Was
On Thursday I discussed on Twitter how hard it has been to find power in the free agent pool this year after a 2017 season that saw five of the top 10 hitters drafted after pick 340: Aaron Judge, Cody Bellinger, Logan Morrison, Joey Gallo and Justin Smoak. While that tough-to-find power narrative is very much in play, and 10 of the top 15 home run hitters so far this year were drafted in the top 23 overall, Jesus Aguilar has certainly been one of the outliers in that story. Aguilar mashed his 19th homer on Thursday night against the Reds and now has a .313 average to go with his power numbers. The 19 homers are particularly impressive when you consider that he exited April with only one homer on his stat line.
Aguilar had significant playing time issues entering the season, which contributed to his 478 ADP in NFBC drafts, and he was actually only drafted in one of the 34 Main Event drafts. With the acquisitions of Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich in the offseason, Aguilar's looked to be on the short side of a platoon at best, with Eric Thames, Ryan Braun and Domingo Santana ahead of him on the depth chart. Of course, Thames got hurt, Santana was bad and eventually demoted, and Braun has his usual tweaks, and here we are with Aguilar. Aguilar showed some pop in 2017 with 16 homers in 311 plate