Prospect Profile: Tayler Aguilar
Draft: 15th round of the 2022 draft out of Grand Canyon University
Power is the name of the game for Tayler Aguilar, and it’s the reason he got drafted by the Yankees despite playing in a subpar division in college. Aguilar hit 23 homeruns in 59 games last season, with 13 doubles and three triples on the way to a .326/.397/.719/1.116 line. Aguilar also does a good job avoiding strikeouts, with just 49 in 59 games.
He was drafted as a junior and played an additional 23 games with Yankees affiliates after being drafted. Unfortunately, his first taste of professional baseball did not go as planned. He did show some of the power that made him attractive to Yankees scouts though. It was enough that there should be some optimism heading into the 2023 season.
As far as tools go, Aguilar has power and is expected to be a good hitter. He hits the ball hard and makes good contact. The biggest question in his profile is whether he can get to that power. If he does, the Yankees may have found a steal in the 15th round.
Aguilar has about average speed for an outfielder. I wouldn’t expect him to steal a ton of bases, but he should be able to stick in right field. He certainly has the arm for it. In fact, the one part of his defensive profile that grades out as plus is his arm. As a lefty playing right field, that’s a nice feature to have.
Aguilar was recently added to the Low-A Tampa roster.
With a good performance he could find himself in High-A before the end of the
season. He's off to a nice start in his first two games, as he's 2/5 with a double and two walks.
Aguilar boasts two main plus tools, his arm and his power. The rest of his tools grade out as average, which is not a bad thing. The Yankees development team will look to help him continue to develop his ability to make hard contact. If that aspect of his game comes around, Tayler might just take his game to the next level.