Chicago Cubs: Comparing the National League Central’s first basemen

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Chicago Cubs: Aguilar can be a potent threat at the dish

Last season, Jesus Aguilar emerged as the best first baseman in the division, taking advantage of a career-high in plate appearances (566) in his five-year career. He made his first All-Star Game and was on the MVP ballot, too.

He slashed .274/.352/.539 with 35 home runs and 108 runs batted in en route to helping lead Milwaukee to an NLCS appearance and a division crown. It was a breakout season for the hefty first baseman. This year, so far, it’s been a complete disaster.

His atrocious .204/.307/.324 slash line is the worst of his career after 38 games. He currently sports a -0.3 fWAR and 72 wRC+. Yikes. As Cubs fans saw over the weekend, Aguilar might be turning the corner, however, after going 4-for-15 over the weekend at Wrigley Field to boost his current seven-game hitting streak.

We’ll see if he makes this debate more interesting come season’s end, but, for now, he’s been a shell of the guy we saw cemented in the middle of the Milwaukee order last year.