Last night saw Yerlin Confidan have what was probably the best game of his professional career. The Daytona Tortugas outfielder came to the plate five times and he smacked four doubles. In his other plate appearance he walked. His four doubles tied the Florida State League record.

Confidan missed nearly three weeks while on the injured list from the end of May through the middle of June. When he returned he went 1-12 with six strikeouts. He had been 0-16 with eight strikeouts right before landing on the injured list, too. 1-28 with 14 strikeouts before June 21st.

It was that day when he picked up two hits against Dunedin and one of those hits happened to be a home run. He hasn’t let up since. Including that day he’s reeled off hits in nine consecutive games he’s registered an at-bat, and in another game he pinch hit and drew a walk. During the 9-game hitting streak he’s had multiple hits in six of those games.

The outfielder was the Arizona Complex League’s Most Valuable Player back in 2021. He hit .315/.359/.573 that season with a league best 11 home runs in 50 games. The next two seasons, though, were mostly lost to injuries. He played in Daytona both seasons, but only played in 96 games between the two seasons. He struggled some in 2022, but he really struggled last year as he hit just .197/.273/.339 in 74 games.

The 2024 campaign started out slow for Confidan. He hit just .111 and slugged .178 in the first 12 games of the season and he had 16 strikeouts in 51 plate appearances. But he turned things around for the next three-and-a-half weeks, hitting .328 and slugging .603 from April 25th through May 17th. But then the slump began right before he wound up on the injured list.

It’s been a bit of a rollercoaster ride this season for Confidan, but he’s back on the upswing and in a big way right now. After hitting ,472/.568/.833 over his last 10 games he’s pushed his season line up to .252/.335/.443. He’s only struck out five times and he has eight walks during this time frame in 44 plate appearances.

The 21-year-old puts up big exit velocities that can match up with just about anyone in the organization. He’s got plus power potential and that’s showing up this season as he’s got 21 extra-base hits in 46 games in the toughest league to hit for power in in all of minor league baseball. If there’s something more to his drop in strikeouts and rise in walks than just a bit of a hot streak, things could start to get real interesting.

Jay Allen II’s slump continues

There are slumps and then there’s what Jay Allen II is currently going through. One of the few bright spots in the farm system early on this year, the outfielder was hitting .294/.417/.523 through June 15th. He homered that day – his 9th of the season.

He has had one hit since then. That hit was a bunt single on Saturday. One hit in 61 plate appearances, covering 15 games, and stretching 18 days. Usually in a slump like that you’d expect a guy to have a ton of strikeouts, but Allen II only has 16 of them during this slump. And he’s also walked 13 times and been hit by three pitches. He’s got a .279 on-base percentage in those 61 plate appearances despite just one hit. That’s nearly as impressive as the lack of hits is insane.

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2 Responses

  1. DaveCT

    Of the cluster of international signees, Minier, Treana, Almonte, Valdez, and Confidan, it sure would be fantastic to get one to break out. I mean, Almonte’s power surge is good, especially if he can
    make more contact. Valdez’ athleticism is impressive; his batting line, not. So if we can get Confidan going, it’s cause for fireworks.

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  2. Laredo Slider

    Reds OF play has been poor for several years, Confidan’s development is key to turning that around.

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