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Reds’ Aristides Aquino makes NL history

Aristides Aquino, Reds

For all of one night in August, Cincinnati Reds rookie right fielder Aristides Aquino was tied in National League history with Cody Bellinger. On Thursday, Aquino decided to shorten the record books by placing his name at the top of that list.

Setting the new NL rookie home run record in one month, Aquino went deep in the first inning against the Miami Marlins, pushing his August monthly total to 14, which is also the same amount of home runs he has in all of 2019. Not having been called up until the first of August, all Aquino has done is go deep 14 times across 27 games.

Bellinger’s rookie record of 13 lasted two years and two months, as the Los Angeles Dodgers star set the previous record in June 2017.

For the Reds’ 2019 Minor League Player of the Year, Aquino tore the cover off of the ball while playing in the International League for the team’s Triple-A Louisville affiliate. His splits of .299/.356/.636 were phenomenal across 78 games, and he decided to show off his penchant for long balls in the minors as well, going deep 28 times.

Aquino was called up from the minor league to replace the traded Yasiel Puig, who was included in the multi-team Trevor Bauer deal, and all he has done is thrive in that starting role. When he was called up, the team looked to have a destined starting role in mind for Aquino, and 2020 looks to be his first chance at a full-time, full-season gig that he looks to be in full control of earning.

Aquino has been a major bright spot for Cincinnati in another season with no playoffs. Alongside Eugenio Suarez’s long-ball breakout, Sonny Gray thriving under pitching coach Derek Johnson and acquiring Bauer from the Cleveland Indians, the future looks bright for this team. 2020 could see the Reds become a real threat for the divisional crown, and Aquino should be one of the team’s main catalysts for their chances of getting back into playoff contention.