The Cincinnati Reds had more than a few prospects generate headlines this season. They may have had the biggest breakout prospect in baseball, too. And now they can also add league MVP to the list of accomplishments from the organization. Minor League Baseball released their All-Star teams and handed out their Most Valuable Player awards for the three complex leagues. The Arizona Complex League saw Yerlin Confidan named the league’s MVP and one of the All-Stars.

Being named to the All-Star team seemed like a sure-thing for Yerlin Confidan. The outfielder led the league in home runs and slugging while hitting .315/.359/.573 on the season. He was also 3rd in the league in OPS and finished in the top 10 in runs, RBI, hits, and average. A majority of his time in the field came in right, where he started 36 games, but he also played in 7 games in center. Another 7 games saw him get action as the Arizona Complex League Reds designated hitter.

Of course, being an All-Star is one thing. Being voted as the top player in the league is another. The offensive resume certainly holds up well, though. The 18-year-old crushed the ball. He is the first player in the Reds organization that was 18 or younger to hit double-digit home runs in a season since 1981. Here’s the entire list dating back to 1960 (which is as far back as my Reds minor league statistical database goes):

Among the players on that list, Yerlin Confidan had significantly fewer plate appearances than everyone else. Times have changed, and so has the game, but even so, Confidan’s OPS was better than everyone on the list outside of Danny Tartabull. I haven’t done any park factors or league factors for any of those years (park factors may be impossible because we’d need home and road data, which may not even exist). Still, we’re looking at one of the more impressive power seasons from an 18-year-old in a very, very long time within the organization.

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10 Responses

  1. LDS

    All but 3 of these guys went on to ML careers. Has that trend held generally in recent years?

  2. Alan Horn

    Good to see some OF prospects. I wish we had some who were near ready for the majors right now. We could use them right now.

  3. Michael P

    Wow, very intriguing. He also has the highest average, slugging, and OPS on this list with less than 1/2 the plate appearances. Definitely will be keeping an eye on this prospect.

  4. Tom

    Seems like we might have a homegrown power hitter on our hands. It’s been a while since the Soto, Francisco days.

  5. RedsGettingBetter

    Doug, How is it going for Confidan in the instructional league? How about the rest of the group playing and working on there?

  6. DaveCT

    6’2″ 175, quick bat speed, ball jumping off the bat, RF arm. Ok, I’m paying attention.

    Elly da la Cruz from the right. Confiden from the left. Nice

  7. Oldtimer

    Frank Robinson hit 17 and 25 HR as 17 and 18 YO in 1953 and 1954.

    • Doug Gray

      Yeah. My database only goes back to 1960 because that seems to be the first year in which Baseball Reference has complete data for all of the teams. Years before that there’s *some data*, but plenty of players are missing some or all of their data and stats.

      • Oldtimer

        He was an obvious possibility but I had to look his stats up. I’m sure there are others.