Two days after claiming infielder Ehire Adriaza off waivers from the San Francisco Giants, the Brewers made another move, designating Adriaza for assignment to make room for first baseman Jesus Aguilar, whom they claimed off waivers from the Cleveland Indians.
Aguilar, 26, was originally signed by Cleveland out of Venezuela in 2007 and debuted with the Indians Dominican Summer League affiliate a year later.
After spending his first two seasons in the DSL, Aguilar made his way stateside in 2010, seeing time for a pair of Cleveland’s rookie league teams. He moved up to Single-A Lake County in 2011 and after clubbing 19 home runs in 95 games there, he received a mid-season promotion to High-A Kinston in the Carolina League.
The Indians assigned Aguilar to the Arizona Fall League following the 2011 season and he handled himself well against some of baseball’s top prospects. In 16 games with the Phoenix Desert Dogs, he wound up hitting .339/.458/.610 with seven doubles and three home runs, establish himself as one of Cleveland’s top young prospects.
Aguilar split 2012 between High-A Carolina and Double-A Akron, then returned to Akron for the 2013 season. He hit .277 with 19 home runs over the course of 151 Double-A contests before moving up to Triple-A Columbus in 2014.
During a season in which he hit .304 with 31 doubles and 19 home runs for the Clippers, Aguilar also got his first call to the big league and made his major league debut with the Indians in May. He would go on to have three different stints with the Indians that season, appearing in 19 games.
2015 and 2016 were more of the same for Aguilar, with him spending the majority of his time at Triple-A while earning several more calls to “The Show”. He appeared in 35 total games for the Indians over three seasons, but struggled with sporadic playing time, batting just .172.
A massive figure at 6’3″ and 250 pounds, Aguilar is a big-time power threat, having racked up 140 minor league home runs, but like many power hitters, strikeouts are a concern. He struck out 110 times in 137 games at Triple-A Columbus last season, but he will also draw his fair share of walks.
With Aguilar out of options, the Indians placed him on waivers following their claim of infielder Richie Shaffer and the Brewers snatched him up, adding him to their 40-man roster and giving the team another slugging option behind newly acquired Eric Thames heading into spring training.
To free up a spot on their 40-man, the Brewers designated Adriaza for assignment after just adding him on Tuesday when they designated relief pitcher Rob Scahill in a similar move.