Former Redbirds Hinshaw, Aguilera Honored By Baseball America
Eric Aguilera during his senior season at Illinois State
Eric Aguilera during his senior season at Illinois State

Oct. 28, 2013

NORMAL, Ill. - Former Illinois State baseball players Chad Hinshaw and Eric Aguilera were honored by Baseball America last week as two of the Los Angeles Angels’ top talents from the 2013 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. The publication named Hinshaw Los Angeles’ fastest runner and top defensive player, while Aguilera was dubbed the best power hitter drafted by the team.

"We place a high emphasis on our player development," Illinois State head coach Mark Kingston said. "Our aim is to help each player play at the highest level their talent will allow. Once they have moved on, it is our goal that we have prepared them to succeed. It is good to see that these guys have made a smooth transition."

Hinshaw was a four-year Redbird starter before being selected by Los Angeles in the 15th round of the MLB Draft in June. The Bloomington, Ill., native appeared in 26 professional games for the Orem Owlz of the Rookie Pioneer League, going 9-for-10 in stolen base attempts, tallying eight RBI and scoring 24 total runs before his season was cut short due to injury. As a senior at Illinois State, Hinshaw batted .298/.364/.434, and started all 58 games for the Redbirds in center field. He knocked four home runs, tallied 11 doubles, added four triples and was the team-leader going 33-for-37 in stolen bases. He owns the Illinois State program record for most career stolen bases (108) and finished in the top-10 in program history in games played, starts, at-bats, runs scored, walks, hit-by pitches, fielding percentage and sacrifice bunts. He played an instrumental role in the 2010 NCAA Regional qualifying Redbird team, going 2-for-2 with two RBI in Illinois State’s MVC Tournament-clinching win over Wichita State. He also went 4-for-4 with three doubles as Illinois State defeated St. Louis for its first NCAA regional win since 1976. Hinshaw was named the 2012 Illinois State Doug Collins Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year and helped guide the Redbirds to the 2013 Missouri Valley Conference regular season title.


 

 

Aguilera, who won First-Team All-Missouri Valley Conference honors as a right fielder during his senior season at ISU, moved to first base during his first professional season. The Cary, Ill., product appeared in 59 games for Orem batting .306/.341/.539 with a team-leading 10 home runs and 53 RBI. Aguilera knocked 22 doubles, added one triple and accumulated 27 runs scored. A 34th round selection by the Angels, Aguilera led the Redbirds in nearly every offensive category during his senior season in 2013. He batted .346/.408/.524 with seven home runs, 58 RBI, 14 doubles and three triples. After an injury sidelined most of his 2011 season, Aguilera rehabbed back to become one of the premiere players in the Valley in 2012. He batted .330 with seven home runs and led the MVC in conference batting average, hitting .407 in Valley games.

Both Aguilera and Hinshaw played key roles as Illinois State won the 2013 Missouri Valley Conference outright for the first time in school history. The Redbirds won a program-record 39 games and hosted the Missouri Valley Conference Championship at Duffy Bass Field. The complete 2014 schedule will be released later this fall.

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