Reds prospect Yerlin Confidan should not be added to the 40-man roster this offseason.
Yerlin Confidan falls into the same category as Jose Acuña when it comes to a young, inexperienced player that is eligible for the Rule 5 Draft. Except that Confidan has yet to even get out of Daytona.
Not only that, Confidan has regressed this season. The international signee was supposed to be a power-bat that would enhance the Reds farm system. But after a strong showing two years ago in the Arizona Complex League, Confidan has fallen off the map.
Last season, Confidan barely appeared in over 30 games, but this season has seen the field over 60 times. In a little over 200 at-bats, Confidan has fewer than five home runs. This after racking up double-digit dingers in 2021 in the ACL.
Rather than add him to the 40-man roster. Yerlin Confidan could be a perfect candidate to join the Arizona Fall League. Previous players like Tyler Stephenson, Matt McLain, and Jonathan India have gained a tremendous amount of tutelage in the AFL while also putting in more work alongside budding stars.
Confidan has the raw tools that would have almost any GM salivating, but there's no need to add him to the Cincinnati Reds roster just yet. Other borderline players who'll be eligible for the Rule 5 Draft include Johnny Pereda, Alex McGarry, Drew Mount, Daniel Vellojin, and Vin Timpanelli.