Jimmy Cordero was selected the Readers’ Poll 18th prospect. He received 100 of 391 votes (25.6%). He out distanced a closely bunched group of three who contended for second place – Malquin Canelo (48), Nick Pivetta (48), Thomas Eshelman (45).
The Phillies acquired Cordero along with fellow RHP Albert Tirado in a trade deadline deal that saw Ben Revere and cash go to the Toronto Blue Jays on July 31, 2015.
Cordero was assigned to Double-A Reading. In a small statistical sample of 13 games at Reading, he improved on his Double-A numbers at New Hampshire and equaled or bettered his production at Advanced-A Dunedin .
- Dunedin A+ – 2.49 ERA in 25.1, 6 BB, 24 K, 2.1 BB/9, 8.5 K/9, 4.0 K/BB)
- N Ham AA – 2.92 ERA in 24.2, 14 BB, 22 K, 5.1 BB/9, 8.0 K/9, 1.57 K/BB)
- Reading AA – 2.12 ERA in 17 IP. 4 BB, 18 K , 2.1 BB/9, 9.5K/9, 4.5 K/BB)
Cordero was signed to a minor league contract as an international free agent by Toronto on January 6, 2012. The 6’3, 215 lb. RHP was assigned to the DSL academy in his native Dominican Republic. He pitched for both Toronto’s Rookie level affiliates in 2013 and opened the 2014 season at their full-season A affiliate. He moved quickly through the Blue Jays organization. He possessed the ability to post a high K/9 and his BB/9 got better as he improved his control.
Cordero is the first reliever voted to the Top 30. Unlike the pitchers ahead of him who may become relievers at some point, Cordero has been used exclusively in that role for the past two seasons. He possesses a mid-to-high 90s FB that touches 100+ MPH. He tantalizes with comps to Ken Giles and is not too far away from deserving that comp with better command of at least one of his secondary pitches – either his slider or his curve. However, he has not been used in a closer’s role much in the minors, yet.
Top 30 so far:
- N. Williams
- “C” Randolph
After much angst, I have selected another group of players to add to the prospect poll. I apologize for my prejudices that ultimately affected who made the cut this time. As I mentioned earlier this week, I find it difficult to think of certain classifications of players as prospects – upper level backup catchers, first base only, middle relievers, Low-A closers, Low-A second base only. So, while trying to honor as many requests and write-ins as possible, here they are – Jose Pujols, Victor Arano, Andrew Pullin, Jessie Valentin, Luke Williams, Angelo Mora, and Felix Paulino.
I’m sorry if this excludes one of your favorite choices. Rest assured that my favorite players aren’t making the list ahead of yours, since most of my faves wouldn’t be considered prospects by you guys. More will be added in the next batch.
Next up is your selection for #19.