Aguilar's offense lifts Phoenix to win
Indians prospect homers for second straight game, plates four
Jesus Aguilar hit a home run so hard Thursday that at first, he didn't even know where it went -- he just knew it was gone from the outfielders' reactions.
"I put a good swing on the ball and I didn't see it, so I just started running," Aguilar said through teammate Roberto Perez, who translated for him. "When I touched first base, I looked at the center fielder (Logan Schafer) and he was just standing there."
The Indians first base prospect finished the game 3-for-3, going deep for the second straight game and knocking in four runs as the Phoenix Desert Dogs defeated the Peoria Javelinas, 10-4, in the Arizona Fall League.
Signed as a non-drafted free agent in 2007, Aguilar hit .284 with 23 homers and 82 RBIs in 126 games between Class A Lake County and Class A Advanced Kinston this season.
In addition to his homer, the 21-year-old first baseman doubled twice, walked twice and scored three runs. He is 5-for-7 in two Arizona Fall League games so far, with all of his hits going for extra bases.
"I feel good right now at the plate," Aguilar said. "I just came down [to Arizona] not trying to do too much at the plate. ... All my at-bats, I'm just trying to get a good pitch to hit."
Fellow Cleveland prospect Tim Fedroff also contributed offensively, going 3-for-4 with two doubles, two RBIs and two runs. Top Athletics prospect Grant Green and No. 2 Blue Jays prospect Anthony Gose each chipped in RBI doubles.
Starter T.J. McFarland, another Indians farmhand, earned the win by allowing just two hits over three shutout innings.
His opponent, Tyler Lyons (Cardinals), was saddled with the loss after surrendering one run on three hits in three frames.
Asked about how it feels to be back playing baseball, Aguilar kept his response like his approach -- simple.
"I'm glad to be here with the best prospects," he said. "I'm just glad to be here and every day is a chance to learn more."
David Heck is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.