2021 Top 20 Arizona Complex League Hitters

2021 Top 20 Arizona Complex League Hitters

Written By: Drake Mann
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The Arizona Complex League has come and gone. There was a plethora of talent in the Arizona heat so just picking 20 of the top hitters from the 2021 Arizona Complex League was a little challenging. Without further ado, here’s the top 20 hitters from this years Arizona Complex League.

1. James Triantos SS | ACL Cubs | 18-Years-Old | Bats: R | Throws: R | 6’1″| 195 lbs. | ETA: 2024

HitPowerRole
60606
Future Grades
AVGOBPSLGOPSHRSBCSK%BB%
.327.376.594.97063316.5%6.4%
ISOwRC+SwStr%GB%LD%FB%Pull%Cent%Oppo%
.26714323.2%43.8%21.3%35.0%53.6%17.9%28.6%
2021 ACL Stats

Scouting Report:

Triantos was the Cubs second-round pick in the 2021 MLB draft. Let’s just say Triantos was on another level during the complex league. He was among the leaders in batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging. Triantos swing creates plenty of lift and he has some solid raw power in the tank. His hit tool is among the best of the ACL and continues to show plus potential. One thing to love with Triantos is the ball jumps off his bat and his violent swing allows him to hit for power to all fields. He hits the inside pitch extremely well with a combination of bat speed and solid barrel control. The Cubs will enjoy having Triantos in their system and he’s undoubtedly a top-five prospect in their system and looks to be a stud for years to come.

2. Jeferson Quero C | ACL Brewers Blue | 19 Years Old | Bats: R | Throws: R | 5’10” | 165 lbs. | ETA: 2023

HitPowerRole
60556
Future Grades
AVGOBPSLGOPSHRSBCSK%BB%
,309.434.500.93424312.0%14.5%
ISOwRC+SwStr%GB%LD%FB%Pull%Cent%Oppo%
.19114815.3%51.7%17.2%31.0%39.0%28.8%32.2%
2021 ACL Stats

Scouting Report:

Quero was signed out of Venezuela for $200,000 during the 2019-20 J2 signing period and he started a solid campaign before separating his left shoulder ending his 2021 season. Quero might have the highest chance of becoming one of the best players on this list. He has loud tools across the board. His bat path results in solid contact and he’ll hit for good power due to the use of his lower half and strong wrists. His quick bat and barrel control results in a strong ability to hit all fields. He has the potential to be a plus defender with his quickness and blocking abilities. Combine that with his arm and he’s a good candidate to be all-around a solid player. We’ll see how Quero rebounds from his shoulder injury, but for where it stands now, the Brewers have their starting catcher of the future in Quero.

3. Hedbert Perez OF | ACL Brewers Gold | 18 Years Old |Bats: L | Throws: L | 5’10” | 160 lbs |ETA: 2024

HitPowerRole
60556
Future Grades
AVGOBPSLGOPSHRSBCSK%BB%
.333.394.575.96962025.8%6.1%
ISOwRC+SwStr%GB%LD%FB%Pull%Cent%Oppo%
.24214827.5%34.9%18.1%47.0%44.2%30.2%25.6%
2021 ACL Stats

Scouting Report:

Perez was signed for $700,000 during the 2019-2020 J2 signing period. Not only is Perez one of the best hitters this year, but he was also arguably one of the best all-around players at the Complex League. Perez has a slightly open stance and a slide step for a load. He has a future plus hit tool with his elite bat speed that allows him to spray the ball well. While his main kryptonite is breaking balls down in the zone, he still has a solid eye at the plate and will take his walks. With his mix of high hard-hit rates and a swing that generates lift there’s good raw power here with Perez. In the end, Perez is a fun player to watch with his future plus contact tool and above-average power, he’ll end up being a staple in the Brewers lineup for a long time.

4. Milkar Perez 3B | ACL Mariners | 20 Years Old | Bats: S | Throws: R | 5’11” | 173 lbs. | ETA: 2024

HitPowerRole
60456
Future Grades
AVGOBPSLGOPSHRSBCSK%BB%
.310.463.379.84201120.2%20.7%
ISOwRC+SwStr%GB%LD%FB%Pull%Cent%Oppo%
.06913914.0%50.5%29.3%20.2%42.7%25.2%32.0%
2021 ACLStats

Scouting Report:

We go from one Perez to another this time it’s Mariners third base prospect Milkar Perez. The Mariners signed Perez out of Nicaragua for $175,000 in 2018. In my opinion, Perez had the purest hit tool in the ACL. He combines a violent swing with a solid ability to hit. He’s more of a gap-to-gap power hitter but still could hit 15 home runs yearly. When I say that Perez can hit almost everything, I mean it. He displays consistent barrels and much like Hedbert, Milkar is an extremely balanced hitter at the plate. He has an exceptional eye and won’t get cheated in the box. One of the best stats for Milkar is he led the complex league with a .463 OBP. The next closest player to Perez was Isaiah Green at .421. That’s pretty insane. Perez is one of the more underrated players in the Mariners system with his high on-base rates and hit tool. At 20-years-old there’s plenty of time for him to turn into that everyday starter he has the potential to be.

5. Hendry Mendez OF | ACL Brewers Blue | 18 Years Old | Bats: L | Throws: L | 6’2″ | 175 lbs. | ETA: 2024

HitPowerRole
60506
Future Grades
AVGOBPSLGOPSHRSBCSK%BB%
.316.409.470.8791318.7%12.3%
ISOwRC+SwStr%GB%LD%FB%Pull%Cent%Oppo%
.15413911.2%64.6%15.2%20.2%46.1%14.7%39.2%
2021 ACL Stats

Scouting Report:

Signed out of the Dominican Republic during the 2020-21 J2 signing period, Mendez is one of the more raw players I’ll be talking about today. He’s 17 years old but already has impressed in the DSL and the ACL. He has a smooth swing from the left and much like Milkar Perez, I am in love with his hit tool as I believe it can be a future plus with his bat speed and ability to hit the gaps. There is some projection with Mendez and his power stroke will come with maturity. While Mendez does have high ground ball rates (71.2%) his bat control results in consistent base hits. To conclude, Mendez has all the makings of being a top-of-the-lineup bat with his speed and on-base skills but he will need to limit his swing-and-miss but if/when he does he will skyrocket through the Brewers system.

6. Eduardo Garcia SS | ACL Brewers Blue & ACL Brewers Gold | 19 Years Old | Bats: R | Throws: R | 6’2″ | 160 lbs. | ETA: 2024

HitPowerRole
55606
Future Grades
AVGOBPSLGOPSHRSBCSK%BB%
.252.327.474.80142328.0%6.7%
ISOwRC+SwStr%GB%LD%FB%Pull%Cent%Oppo%
.22210634.4%39.6%20.9%39.6%47.3%19.4%33.3%
2021 ACL Stats

Scouting Report:

Garcia signed with the Brewers in 2018 for $1.1 million and you might be wondering why he’s so high on this list with those stats but the power potential is something to dream on with Eduardo Garcia. However, looking more into his stats at the Complex League, he showed the ability to be a future-run producer for the Brewers. He has two different loads, his leg kick will show some swing and miss but when he makes consistent it’s loud and powerful. Plus, he shows an advanced feel at the plate that lets his hit tool show some potential. His other load is just a normal toe-tap that helps him adjust when he’s behind in the count. Continuing, as a 19-year-old, Garcia has already debuted at Low-A. There he hit well in a smaller sample size. He hit .333/.452/.455 and a 153 wRC+ in 42 plate appearances. This isn’t the last Brewers player on the list but he has the promise of being the best one on this list.

7. Arol Vera SS | ACL Angels | 19 Years Old | Bats: S | Bats: R | 6’2″ | 170 lbs | ETA: 2024

HitPowerRole
60406
Future Grades
AVGOBPSLGOPSHRSBCSK%BB%
.317.384.469.85302223.8%7.3%
ISOwRC+SwStr%GB%LD%FB%Pull%Cent%Oppo%
.152124.39451.0%22.1%26.9%40.2%20.6%39.3%
2021 ACL Stats

Scouting Report:

Vera signed with the Angels out of Venezuela for $2.2 million in 2019 and showed a lot of promise to this Complex League after demolishing pitching for the 6th highest batting average and 11th best on-base percentage for players with 140 at-bats or more. The switch-hitting Vera shows a more natural swing from the left side but I believe he’ll develop more power from the right side. Vera displays solid bat-to-ball skills due to his bat speed and a natural ability to hit gap-to-gap. There’s some power projection with Vera but I do like his hit tool that has easy plus potential. He controls the zone well and put up a respectable 7.3% walk rate. The Angels have already been aggressive with the 19-year-old as he’s debuted in Low-A Inland and hit .280/.340/.280 with a 77 wRC+ in 90 plate appearances.

8. Dayan Frias SS | ACL Guardians | 19 Years Old |Bats: S | Throws: R | 5’7″ | 140 lbs. | ETA: 2024

HitPowerRole
60456
Future Grades
AVGOBPSLGOPSHRSBCSK%BB%
.322.420.520.94043220.2%14.4%
ISOwRC+SwStr%GB%LD%FB%Pull%Cent%Oppo%
.19714123.7%31.5%24.1%44.4%40.5%29.7%29.7%
2021 ACL Stats

Scouting Report:

In my opinion, one of the more underrated players during the ACL. The switch hitter was signed out of Columbia during the 2020-21 J2 signing period. I’m a big fan of Frias’s hit tool and I believe it has definite plus potential. He has solid bat-to-ball skills and has some sneaky power for his size. I believe there’s some more power due to his leg kick and strong wrists. Continuing, He does take his walks but has had troubles recognizing off-speed in the dirt but that should come with maturity. Overall, Frias has some solid tools on both sides of the ball. The Guardians have a plethora of infield talent in their system, so it’ll be a challenge for Frias to possibly start for the Guardians in the future. However, if he continues hitting he could easily play his way into the Guardians plans.

9. Pedro Pineda OF | ACL Athletics | 18 Years Old | Bats: R | Throws: R | 6’1″ | 170 lbs. | ETA: 2025

HitPowerRole
55456
Future Grades
AVGOBPSLGOPSHRSBCSK%BB%
.237.368.361.72816535.0%15.4%
ISOwRC+SwStr%GB%LD%FB%Pull%Cent%Oppo%
.12410530.7%41.5%20.8%37.7%44.6%26.8%28.6%
2021 ACL Stats

Scouting Report:

Pineda was signed for $2.5 million during the 2021 J2 signing period and the Athletics might’ve struck gold with Pineda. The 18-year-old was among the younger players in the Complex League and looked good in his first pro-season. He displayed excellent bat-to-ball skills and hit all fields well. His power potential is below average, but he is more gap-to-gap rather than over the fence. While his hit tool is easily above-average his speed and ability to get on-base remain his best traits. Pineda’s eye is good but he can struggle with off-speed pitches in any count. However, He had an impressive .368 on-base percentage and walked at a 15% walk rate in 117 PA. In the end, the Athletics system isn’t that good but having a combination of Tyler Soderstrom and Pedro Pineda is a good start for the Athletics.

10. Jay Allen II OF | ACL Reds | 19 Years Old | Bats: R | Throws: R | 6’3″ | 190 lbs. | ETA: 2024

HitPowerRole
50606
Future Grades
AVGOBPSLGOPSHRSBCSK%BB%
.328.440.557.997314116.0%10.7%
ISOwRC+SwStr%GB%LD%FB%Pull%Cent%Oppo%
.23015918.8%58.3%12.5%29.2%54.0%24.0%22.0%
2021 ACL Stats

Scouting Report:

Allen was the Reds first-round pick in the 2021 MLB draft. He was one of my favorite picks after watching some videos and seeing him live. Allen is another guy with tools to dream on. But his most noticeable tool has to be his power potential. The first hit of his professional career was a home run DEEP into left field. While he does have swing and miss in his game, he has a quick bat and solid athleticism. I believe his hit tool has good upside and he has a career as a top-of-the-order potential for the Reds. In conclusion, The combination of power and speed should intrigue any baseball fan whether you like the Reds or not, be on the lookout for the name Jay Allen in the future.

11. James Wood OF | ACL Padres | 19 Years Old | Bats: L | Throws: R | 6’7″ | 240 lbs. | ETA: 2024

HitPowerRole
60556
Future Grades
AVGOBPSLGOPSHRSBCSK%BB%
.372.465.5351.000310031.7%12.9%
ISOwRC+SwStr%GB%LD%FB%Pull%Cent%Oppo%
.16316625.2%49.0%33.3%17.6%32.7%21.2%46.2%
2021 ACL Stats

Scouting Report:

James Wood was the Padres 2021 second-round pick and he came out of nowhere this summer. There’s a lot to be excited about as the 19-year-old not only displayed a plus contact tool but showed some solid power as well. His left-handed swing produced consistent barrels and the ball jumped off his bat. He has good athleticism and even for his size he has above-average speed and even accumulated 10 stolen bases in the ACL. He’s also a good defender in the outfield that takes good routes and has good arm strength. The Padres over slotted Wood and he looks to be a rising prospect in the Padres system, with the ceiling of an everyday regular with all-star potential.

12. Kevin Alcantara OF | ACL Cubs | 19 Years Old | Bats: R | Throws: R | 6’6″ | 188 lbs | ETA: 2024

HitPowerRole
55555
Future Grades
AVGOBPSLGOPSHRSBCSK%BB%
.337.415.6091.02443026.2%12.1%
ISOwRC+SwStr%GB%LD%FB%Pull%Cent%Oppo%
.27215932.1%48.8%14.1%37.5%31.8%31.8%36.4%
2021 ACL Stats

Scouting Report:

Alcantara was acquired from the Yankees for Anthony Rizzo at the 2021 Trade Deadline and he was on another level after he was traded to the Cubs. Alcantara has a good feel for the barrel and has some legit power projection with his violent and lofty swing. As seen in the video below, he started displaying that power to all fields while making consistent hard contact. Continuing, The 19-year-old showed a good eye at the plate and continued showing solid upside with the bat. The early stages of this Anthony Rizzo trade is looking good for the Cubs as Alcantara has the ceiling of being an above-average regular with solid tools across the board.

13. Wilfred Veras 1B | ACL White Sox | 19 Years Old | Bats: R | Throws: R | 6’2″ | 180 lbs. | ETA: 2024

HitPowerRole
50555
Future Grades
AVGOBPSLGOPSHRSBCSK%BB%
.322.416.533.94943123.6%11.8%
ISOwRC+SwStr%GB%LD%FB%Pull%Cent%Oppo%
.21114727.3%48.6%28.0%23.4%42.7%23.6%33.6%
2021 ACL Stats

Scouting Report:

Signed out of the Dominican Republic for $200,000 in 2019. Veras is the son of former Red Sox third baseman Wilton Veras and was one of the more exciting players in the ACL. Like so many others on this list is a super raw player but come with plenty of promise. Veras is a balanced hitter at the plate with a good bat path that displays constant flyball contact. In the video, he displays powerful wrists and barrels fastballs regularly. Pitch recognition must get better as he matures but the power potential continues to be an intriguing part of his game. The White Sox already have Jose Abreu and Gavin Sheets at first base but with how good his ability to hit, he could potentially be a designated hitter in the future but this kid is a stud and a rising prospect in the White Sox system.

14. Reginald Preciado SS | ACL Cubs | 18 Years Old | Bats: S | Throws: R | 6’4″ | 185 lbs. | ETA: 2024

HitPowerRole
55405
Future Grades
AVGOBPSLGOPSHRSBCSK%BB%
.333.383.511.89437122.7%7.1%
ISOwRC+SwStr%GB%LD%FB%Pull%Cent%Oppo%
.17713232.1%49.0%23.1%27.9%42.5%28.3%29.2%
2021 ACL Stats

Scouting Report:

Preciado was acquired from the Padres for Yu Darvish during this last offseason. The Cubs might’ve struck gold in the form of Reginald Preciado. The switch hitter has a smoother swing from the left side and is another solid contact-oriented prospect on this list. I don’t think he’ll hit for much power, maybe 8-10 home runs seasonally. He displays strong on-base numbers due to his good eye at the plate and ability to work the count. He showed some good speed and solid bat-to-ball skills. The Cubs have no shortage of top shortstop prospects and especially with the rise of James Triantos, Preciado will have to hit his way into the Cubs plans. This is a great start for the 18-year-old prospect and he showed plenty of promise as a potential everyday player when he reaches the bigs.

15. Isaiah Greene OF | ACL Guardians | 20 Years Old | Bats: L | Throws: L | 6’1″ | 180 lbs. | ETA: 2023

HitPowerRole
55455
Future Grades
AVGOBPSLGOPSHRSBCSK%BB%
.289.421.368.78915422.0%18.3%
ISOwRC+SwStr%GB%LD%FB%Pull%Cent%Oppo%
.07912022.3%38.3%29.0%32.7%34.5%24.5%40.9%
2021 ACL Stats

Scouting Report:

Greene was one of four players acquired in the trade with the Mets for Francisco Lindor and let’s just say the kid has some tremendous upside. While Greene at times will expand the zone his eye remains one of his better traits. He has tremendous plate coverage and hits to all fields. Greene was second in the ACL with a .421 on-base percentage in 191 plate appearances. Greene is another player on this list whose hit tool has solid potential. Greene has an advanced feel at the plate and can hit the ball to the opposite way with authority. There’s some surprising power that will become more evident as Greene uses his lower half more in his stance. Guardians fans, losing a franchise icon like Francisco Lindor hurts but the upside of Greene is something not to overlook. He has the potential of being an everyday player. Look for him to quickly rise and become a household name across top prospect lists.

16. Cameron Cauley SS | ACL Rangers | 18 Years Old | Bats: R | Throws: R | 5’10” | 170 lbs. | ETA: 2024

HitPowerRole
55405
Future Grades
AVGOBPSLGOPSHRSBCSK%BB%
.255.311.383.694010130.1%7.8%
ISOwRC+SwStr%GB%LD%FB%Pull%Cent%Oppo%
.1288236.1%46.4%25.0%28.6%45.9%24.6%29.5%
2021 ACL Stats

Scouting Report:

Cauley was the Ranger 3rd round pick out of Barber Hills High School in the 2021 draft, and here’s another guy who on the surface didn’t perform well statistically, he showed plenty of promise in the Complex League. Without a doubt his most attractive traits are his combination of speed and contact, Cauley has some power potential but he’ll become more of an extra-base hit threat than a home run threat. Especially, with his speed and acceleration. He displays soft hands, good arm strength, and range to stick at short long term. The Rangers just went on a spender spree signing Marcus Semien and Corey Seager but Cauley is one name who could slot in the top of the lineup for the Rangers and be a solid leadoff hitter with his above-average speed and on-base abilities.

17. Harry Ford C | ACL Mariners | 18 Years Old | Bats: R | Throws: R | 5’10” | 200 lbs. | ETA: 2023

HitPowerRole
50555
Future Grades
AVGOBPSLGOPSHRSBCSK%BB%
.291.400.582.98233021.5%13.8%
ISOwRC+SwStr%GB%LD%FB%Pull%Cent%Oppo%
.29115022.3%31.7%22.0%46.3%51.2%19.5%29.3%
2021 ACL Stats

Scouting Report:

Ford was the Mariners first-round draft pick in 2021 and looked to be a steal at 12th overall out of North Cobb High School in Georgia. There’s so much to dream on here with Harry Ford, we already know how good of an arm he has behind the plate but will he hit enough to become the Mariners future behind the plate? The short answer is-Yes! While there’s plenty of swing and miss in his game, there’s solid raw power with his combination of good use of his lower half and quick bat speed. As you’ll see in the video, he makes consistent loud contact and the ball flies off his bat. The Mariners already have one of the best farm systems in baseball, adding Harry Ford with his potential just makes that system that much better.

18. Adrian Sugastey C | ACL Giants | 19 Years Old | Bats: R | Throws: R | 6’1″ | 170 lbs. | ETA: 2023

HitPowerRole
55455
Future Grades
AVGOBPSLGOPSHRSBCSK%BB%
.358.405.439.84421016.0%7.4%
ISOwRC+SwStr%GB%LD%FB%Pull%Cent%Oppo%
.08112621.1%54.3%20.7%25.0%47.5%26.7%25.8%
2021 ACL Stats

Scouting Report:

Sugastey signed with the Giants out of Panama in 2019, giving him $525,000. The 19-year-old won the Complex League batting title after slashing .358/.405/.439 in 163 plate appearances. He had a patient approach at the plate and drew out solid at-bats consistently. To me, Sugastey is easily hit over power due to his bat-to-ball skills and barrel control. He’s balanced at the plate and rarely overswings at pitches. Defensively, he’s quick and shows a good ability to frame. However, I do think that Sugastey is a bat-first catcher. The Giants have a couple of catchers in Patrick Bailey and Joey Bart that are higher ranked than Sugastey, but he has all the potential with the bat to become a quality backstop for years to come.

19. Yerlin Confidan OF | ACL Reds | 19 Years Old | Bats: L | Throws: L | 6’3″ | 170 lbs. | ETA: 2024

HitPowerRole
40605
Future Grades
AVGOBPSLGOPSHRSBCSK%BB%
.315.359.573.932117325.0%6.3%
ISOwRC+SwStr%GB%LD%FB%Pull%Cent%Oppo%
.258135.41148.8%20.8%30.4%43.2%26.4%30.4%
2021 ACL Stats

Scouting Report:

Originally signed as a 16-year-old out of the Dominican Republic for $200,000. Confidan led the Complex League in home runs with 11 and impressed during his time here. Confidan had the most impressive power potential of any prospect in the ACL, but with almost every power-hitting prospect comes plenty of swing and miss. He struck out 48 times in 192 plate appearances, while only walking 12 times. However, when his lofty swing generates contact, it is loud and hit with good exit velocity. Much like James Wood, Confidan has good speed as he stole seven bases as well. One thing to note is defensively he was in right field and at times didn’t look comfortable, so that’ll be an interesting development for the Reds going forward. Reds fans, this is one prospect to get excited about coming up through the system.

20. Edwin Arroyo SS | ACL Mariners | 18 Years Old | Bats: S | Throws: S | 6’0″ | 175 lbs. | ETA: 2024

HitPowerRole
55455
Future Grades
AVGOBPSLGOPSHRSBCSK%BB%
.211.337.324.66124130.2%11.6%
ISOwRC+SwStr%GB%LD%FB%Pull%Cent%Oppo%
.11384.32539.5%25.6%34.9%52.2%17.4%30.4%
2021 ACL Stats

Scouting Report:

Another one of my favorite picks from the 2021 draft, he didn’t have a good Complex League by any means but the video below shows that he is a legit prospect for the Mariners. The switch hitter has a more natural look to him as a lefty. His swing is short and quick and allows a solid ability to barrel. His hit tool and versatility are both strong parts of his game with his hit tool being solid. He does have some upside in the power department but he’s more of a gap-to-gap power prospect. One thing to note was his good ability to hit to the opposite field, which he did 30.4% of the time compared to 52.2% to the pull side and 17.2% to center. Defensively, he played shortstop and second base and is a good defender at each. With his arm strength and range, Arroyo projects to be a shortstop in the future. The loaded Mariners system has added some solid players in the last few years and they’re getting a big boost in talent here with the combination of Edwin Arroyo and Milkar Perez.

I do want to mention one more player due to the fact that I fell in love with him as a prospect. He dealt with injuries but still performed well enough to be mentioned in my opinion.

Nerwilian Cedeno 3B | ACL Padres | 19 Years Old | Bats: S | Throws: R | 5’11” | 175 lbs. | ETA: 2024

HitPowerRole
50454
Future Grades
AVGOBPSLGOPSHRSBCSK%BB%
.241.354.537.89124130.3%13.6%
ISOwRC+SwStr%GB%LD%FB%Pull%Cent%Oppo%
.296124.35442.9%22.9%34.3%34.3%38.6%37.1%
2021 ACL Stats

Scouting Report:

Cedeno was among my favorite prospects out here in the ACL. The 19-year-old was signed out of Venezuela during the 2018-19 J2 signing period. The switch-hitter has a more natural swing from the left side but notice in the video below there was a slight change in his hand placement from the left side. The lowering of his hands has helped his barreling abilities and bat speed. Plus, it’s created some launch in his swing to help tap into his raw power. I’m excited about his hit tool as it’s easily above average and he will produce some sneaky power in his bat and become an extra-base hit machine. He must get better at pitch recognition and Cedeno could be a force at the top of the lineup for years to come. Cedeno is bat over glove as he has good instincts but a questionable arm due to his accuracy. However, if Cedeno can bring everything together and stay healthy there’s some good upside here.


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