I received a little punch to the gut when I was surfing around the Angel baseball sections of the internet and saw that first baseman Eric Aguilera of the Angels’ Double-A Arkansas Travelers was suspended for the rest of the season on August 21st. Angel officials are keeping details of the suspension out of the media for the most part, saying only that a poor attitude was to blame.
Aguilera has hit every season since he was drafted by the Angels out of Illinois State University back in 2013, and he has correspondingly risen through the farm system levels from Rookie Ball to Double-A. As of today, which is four days after his suspension, Aguilera is leading the entire Angel farm system in total bases (199), is second in hits (124), is second in home runs (14), is fifth in doubles (25), and is second in RBI (65), even though he is playing in a notorious pitcher’s park in a notorious pitcher’s league.
Last season, which he spent mostly at High-A Inland Empire, Aguilera led the entire Angel farm system in hits (155), home runs (17), RBI (94), and total bases (252).
I was really hoping that Aguilera would get promoted to Triple-A Salt Lake some time soon to see just how well his potent bat would play in a hitter’s park and in a hitter’s league, but while the full story of Aguilera’s suspension remains a private matter, I now hope that Aguilera will be able to successfully deal with whatever issues caused the Angels to suspend him for the remainder of the season.