San Diego Padres: Franchy’s Success May Not Be a Desert Mirage

SAN DIEGO, CA - JUNE 14: Yangervis Solarte
SAN DIEGO, CA - JUNE 14: Yangervis Solarte /

The San Diego Padres’ young outfielder, Franchy Cordero has shone thus far in Peoria, AZ. If he continues this red-hot streak all the way through Spring Training, how could the Friars leave him off the Opening Day roster?

Franchy Cordero has been lights-out at the plate since the very beginning of the San Diego Padres’ Cactus League schedule. Friars’ manager Andy Green has given the 23-year-old more opportunities than any other player in camp, and the young man has not shown any signs of slowing down.

If the native of Azua, DR continues on this torrid pace, the chances are slim that he will be left off the Padres’ Opening Day roster. While he’d likely find himself either as a bench player or extra, roaming, outfield reserve, the indelible mark he’s left on the entire organization after just a handful of spring at-bats is considerable.

Green has given Cordero the most plate appearances of any Padres player so far and he has not disappointed. His .417/.500/.875 slash line over 24 at-bats, while not sustainable by any means, has put him at the head of the pack when it comes to filling out the OD roster.

Now that Alex Dickerson is confirmed to be out until after the season begins, the likelihood that Franchy Cordero secures himself a spot on the Friars’ 25-man roster is quite good.

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Again, on the San Diego Padres’ bench is most likely where we’ll see him start the year, but the chances of a platoon in left with Hunter Renfroe (or even the long-shot of Cordero winning the job outright), get better and better with each exhilarating swing this young, talented player takes.

Now, if Franchy’s play over the last few weeks is no Spring Training, desert mirage, then Andy Green, A.J. Preller, and the rest of the Friars’ decision-making team will have even more tough, gut-wrenching, but ultimately great decisions to make.

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Why great? Because whenever a team has to decide between one of two good players to take over a position, roster spot, etc., as opposed to having to choose one of two not-so-good players to take a spot, it’s a great situation to be in