WMBD/WYZZ-TV - Burlington, Iowa - He is making a smooth transition from college baseball to the minor leagues.
Eric Aguilera has already played more games this summer than any year of his life.
"I didn't know that to expect," said Aguilera. "It really is grind. It's a process. You've got to stick with it. Fortunately, I've been doing well."
Aguilera is doing extremely well in his first full season as a pro. He's leading the Burlington Bees in hitting, homers and runs batted in while making the move from the outfield to first base.
"The last time I played it extensively was high school," said Aguilera of his move to first. "There are things you don't realize that first baseman have to do when you're playing the outfield."
The slugger credits his days at Illinois State as preparation for a professional baseball career, which already includes an Class A Midwest League All-Star selection.
"Coach (Mark) Kingston and Coach (Bo) Durkac have had a lot of success developing players," said the former All-Missouri Valley Conference star/ "They really helped us out and treated it is a professional environment. They set us up for success after college baseball."
Aguilera's success has rubbed off on his teammates. Burlington will be in the postseason after wrapping up a first half playoff spot last month.
"It was intense, the games were meaningful baseball games," said Aguilera. "Everybody left it all out there. It's what you play for. It was great."