Aldrem Corredor showed what he can do as an everyday player in high Class A Potomac’s lineup in 2019.
The 23-year-old Venezuelan first baseman made the Carolina League postseason all-star team as he hit .281/.335/.404 in 505 at-bats. He led the league in doubles (34) and RBIs (89) and ranked second with 140 hits—one fewer than teammate and fellow all-league player Cole Freeman.
“Corredor really hit this year, and he’s going to hit,” Potomac manager Tripp Keister said. “Last year he kind of came on at the end, but this year he’s been consistent. That’s where he’s really helped himself. He gives you a professional at-bat every time.”
The 6-foot, 202-pound Corredor played 15 games in the outfield late in the season. He hit a career-high nine home runs, which is something he’ll need to build on in the future. One of his home runs was a game-swinging, three-run shot that sent the P-Nats to a win in their final scheduled game at Pfitzner Stadium in Woodbridge, Va. The team is slated to move about 35 miles south to Fredericksburg, Va in 2020.
Corredor, who hits and throws lefthanded, has a career .280/.355/.392 slash line in 2,028 minor league at-bats with only 27 home runs.
“I think he’s going to have hit for some more power, and I think he will,” Keister said. “Where he profiles position-wise—at first base and left field—he’s going to have to hit. But I think he’s one of the better hitters in this league, and he’s going to have success at higher levels because his strike-zone recognition is good.”
Corredor drew 38 walks and struck out 105 times in 2019. Keister expects Corredor’s walks to go up as the hitter continues to move up.
“He’s made good adjustments,” Keister said. “When he gets in trouble is when he gets ultra-aggressive. When he’s patient and more selectively aggressive is when he’s at his best. He’s going well when he uses the whole field.”
— The organization named Triple-A Fresno outfielder Yadiel Hernandez as its minor league hitter of the year. Hernandez hit .323/.406/.604 with 33 home runs in 439 at-bats.
— Other honorees were lefthander Tim Cate (pitcher of the year), infielder Luis Garcia (defensive player of the year), Freeman (baserunner of the year) and catcher Jakson Reetz, who won the Bob Boone Award for “playing the game the Washington Nationals way.”