ALEX AQUINO, RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
Born: July 6, 1996
Height: 6′ 2″
Weight: 165
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Signed: Int’l free agent (Braves)
How Acquired: Rule 5 draft, minor league phase (from Braves)
Country: Dominican Republic
Agent: N/A

WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE
The Braves signed Aquino as a shortstop, but after two years moved him to the mound.  He initially threw just a fastball and change, but eventually started relying heavily on a slider.  He throws in the mid-90s with a slow curve and a slider.  The Pirates selected Aquino in the minor league phase of the Rule 5 draft.

2015
DSL:  266/304/318, 214 AB, 5 2B, 3 3B, 10 BB, 50 K, 8-12 SB

Aquino played mostly short and a little at second in the DSL.  He hit respectably but with terrible plate discipline.

2016
R:  274/329/378, 135 AB, 11 2B, 1 HR, 9 BB, 25 K, 5-6 SB

In the GCL, the Braves played Aquino mostly at third and some at short.  His hitting, including his walk and K rates, improved.

2017
R:  0-1-1, 7.56 ERA, 2.16 WHIP, 8.1 IP, 11.9 BB/9, 5.4 K/9

The Braves moved Aquino to the mound and he pitched briefly in relief.  Not surprisingly, he had trouble throwing strikes.

2018
R:  1-3-0, 5.92 ERA, 1.60 WHIP, 24.1 IP, 5.2 BB/9, 7.8 K/9

Still in the GCL, Aquino made modest progress.

2019
R+:  1-0-1, 3.60 ERA, 0.85 WHIP, 20.0 IP, 3.2 BB/9, 9.9 K/9

Aquino moved up to the Appalachian League and made significant progress.  Pitching mainly in one- and two-inning stretches, he showed solid control and had a good K rate.  Opponents had just a .502 OPS against him.  After the season, the Pirates selected him in the minor league phase of the Rule 5 draft.

2021
A:  0-0-2, 0.00 ERA, 0.40 WHIP, 5.0 IP, 3.6 BB/9, 14.4 K/9

The Pirates sent Aquino to Bradenton.  In four games, he didn’t allow either a run or a hit, and struck out a lot of hitters.  Then he went out for the year with an unknown injury

Aquino seems interesting, although he’ll turn 26 in the middle of the next season.  He’s also eligible for minor league free agency, so the Pirates will have to re-sign him to give him another try.

CONTRACT INFORMATION
2021: Minor League Contract
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2015
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2021
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: Eligible
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
TRANSACTIONS
October 2, 2014: Signed by the Atlanta Braves as an international free agent.
December 12, 2019: Selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates from the Atlanta Braves in the minor league phase of the Rule 5 draft.
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