The Reds' 25-year-old rookie outfielder Aristides Aquino was recalled just before the calendar flipped to August, and suffice it to he's seized the opportunity by both tailored lapels
Those eight home runs have come in just 11 games (he logged one game and one plate appearance in 2018, but we're focused on his 2019 call-up). The sample size is miniscule, but that's jaw-dropping production from a player who's never been regarded as a true premium prospect. So in celebration of his stunning mini-run, here are eight essential takeaways:
1. Aquino is the reigning NL Player of the Week
Thanks to a week that saw him bat .500 with a slugging percentage of 1.364 and 30 total bases in six games, the Dominican Republic native took home the honors along with AL counterpart Jorge Soler of the Royals. Within those numbers is Aquino's three-homer game against the Cubs.
2. He's already made MLB history
On Monday night, Aquino launched a home run off Nationals reliever Tanner Rainey, which gave him eight home runs since his call-up. That's also an MLB record for the most home runs by a hitter through his first 12 games.
That effort helped Aquino tie Trevor Story in 2016 for most home runs through the first 10 games of a player's career. As well, when Yordan Alvarez homered thrice later that same Saturday, he and Aquino became the first rookies ever to have three-homer games on the same day.
3. He's even hotter than that
Bear in mind that Aquino played one game last season and didn't homer in the first two games played this season. That means he's racked up those eight home runs in a span of just nine games. He's also hit seven home runs in last six games, and he carries a nine-game hit streak in Tuesday night's contest against the Nationals.
4. He hits the ball hard
Making hard contact at the proper launch angle bodes will for being able to sustain power performance. No, Aquino isn't going to continue at his current unimaginable pace, but the guy is a legit power hitter. He's got an average exit velocity of 91.3 mph, which is comfortably better than the league-average mark, and he's got a hard-hit rate of 47.8 percent versus a league-average mark of 34.4 percent. Aquino this season also boasts an expected batting average of .341 and an expected slugging percentage of .764 -- both exceptionally high figures.