Still sidelined with a concussion suffered in an automobile accident in his native country of Panama, Allen Cordoba is missing out on what could have been a big stage for him and his career this spring.
It’s not like San Diego Padres’ prospect Allen Cordoba meant to crash his car just days before the Friars’ spring workouts were set to begin. Fate/destiny/what-have-you certainly chose an inopportune time to throw him this curveball, though.
As per reports, Cordoba hasn’t made his Spring Training debut yet because he’s still feeling the after-effects of the concussion he suffered that day.
Many Padres’ prospects are doing very well with the opportunities manager Andy Green has given them thus far. Guys like Christian Villanueva, Luis Urias, Franchy Cordero, and Franmil Reyes have taken giant leaps-and-bounds this spring.
Of course, not much should be made of their Cactus League successes, since most at-bats come against pitchers who have no chance at making their team’s respective Opening Day rosters.
But Andy Green, A.J. Preller, and the rest of the Friars’ brain-trust are most definitely taking notice. You can count on that.
How does his absence affect his future with the San Diego Padres
Allen Cordoba is likely not going to see any time with the San Diego Padres this season. The 2017 Rule-5 Draft pick from the St. Louis Cardinals showed a lot of promise over his first couple of months last year.
But once MLB pitchers were able to get a feel for the young man and expose his under-developed weaknesses, his season took a quick downturn.
Cordoba will be much better off spending the next season (likely more) in the Friars’ farm system, honing his craft and improving his game. The Padres don’t want to rush that process and, truthfully, they have absolutely no need to.
Of course, missing spring workouts and a few weeks of Cactus League games certainly shouldn’t derail Cordoba’s blossoming career in any way. Hopefully, any lingering effects from his concussion will quickly dissipate soon and he can get back to work in Peoria.
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Once Cordoba is ready to return to work, he’s got his work cut out for him. A large-handful of San Diego Padres prospects have been enjoying quite a bit of success and have likely begun to set themselves apart from their in-system competition. Allen Cordoba wants to get in on the fun, too.