Padres Minor League News: SS Prospects: Who’s Left?

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2. Franchy Cordero

Current Level: A

Opening Day Age: 20

B/T: L/R

Height/Weight: 6’3″ 175 lbs.

For a guy who is so thin, Cordero has a surprising amount of pop in his bat.  He only hit 9 home runs last year between low-A and high-A ball.  But look a little deeper and you notice that his slugging percentage was 145 points higher than his average – similar to Chase Headley and Will Venable throughout their careers.  In a 162-game season, he would have hit 17 HRs.  Cordero is a shortstop and at 20-years old he’s not done filling out.  He draws an average number of walks and certainly puts the ball in play enough while in low-A ball.  Look for him to build off of his decent 2014.

The knock on Cordero is his defense.  It’s…  well… he made 51 errors last season…in 83 games.  In his 143 games in the field, Cordero has committed 107 errors.  Wow, just wow and not in a good way.

Cordero’s poor offensive performance after being promoted to Fort Wayne and his indescribably bad defense will keep him in the minors for another couple years, perhaps a few.  Look for him in 2018.