But his contributions earlier this season for the High-A Dayton Dragons were recognized as Aguiar was selected for the 2023 Midwest League full-season All-Star team.
Aguiar became the second starting pitcher in Dragons history to be selected as a full-season Midwest League All-Star, joining Tyler Mahle in 2015.
He was joined on the team by Edwin Arroyo, who was named the league’s “Top MLB Prospect” and the MWL’s All-Star shortstop.
Five more facts about Aguiar:
Aguiar allowed just two home runs in 70 1/3 innings for Dayton.
Aguiar made 14 starts for the Dragons before his promotion, posting a 1.92 ERA and 0.967 WHIP while striking out 77 with 24 walks.
In 22 innings over four May starts, Aguiar allowed just one earned run and seven hits, walking three and striking out 23.
When he was promoted to Double-A, he had just turned 22 one month earlier.
Aguiar also showed flashes of dominance at Chattanooga.
In 11 starts for the Lookouts, he posted a 4.28 ERA with 61 strikeouts, 13 walks and six homers allowed in 54 2/3 innings.
On August 31, he struck out 12 in seven innings, also against the Blue Wahoos.
Aguiar was a 12th-round pick (360th overall) of the Reds in 2021.
And Arroyo, acquired by the Reds from Seattle in a trade for pitcher Luis Castillo at the 2022 deadline, was the 48th overall pick in that draft.
Aguiar attended the same California high school as Reds rookie Spencer Steer.
Steer graduated from Millikan High School in 2016. Aguiar graduated in 2019.
Aguiar pitched for El Camino Junior College as a freshman, posting a 2.47 ERA with 44 strikeouts in 47 1/3 innings. An infielder in high school, Aguiar first pitched full-time at El Camino.
The Warriors’ Aguiar bio says his nickname there was “Junebug.”
Aguiar also pitched at Cypress Junior College, a community college just six miles from his high school in Long Beach.
MLB Pipeline ranks Aguiar 21st among Reds prospects.
Aguiar’s MLB Pipeline bio assesses his strengths:
At a projectable 6-foot-3, Aguiar has the chance to have a legitimate four-pitch mix. His fastball typically sits in the 93-95 mph range – touching as high as 97 mph – and he throws it with good sink, leading to strong ground ball rates. He’ll throw an 81-83 mph slider, and while he’ll show a distinct curve at times, the pitches can run into each other. Consistency of his breaking stuff is a key area of development for him. He also has an effective changeup in his arsenal.
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This article originally appeared on Cincinnati Enquirer: Julian Aguiar, Cincinnati RHP prospect, part of Reds’ 2021 draft class
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