Ryan Cordell – OF (White Sox: #18)
So close to making the 25-man roster after this spring was Ryan Cordell. With the Brewers Triple-A affiliate, Colorado Springs, Cordell hit a slash of 284/.349/.506 with 10 home runs and 45 RBI. And he showed his speed in going 9-for-13 in stolen bases.
Despite hitting .317 in 41 at-bats this spring, Cordell was optioned to Triple A-Charlotte as Adam Engel made the 25-man roster.
Cordell has the fielding ability and speed to play all three outfield positions, but with an above-average arm, he fits nicely at right. But it’ll be a bit tough for him to beat out Avisail Garcia for the job in right field, so his best bet was left or center. But Engel has “gold glove caliber defense,” according to MLB.com, which gave him the edge over Cordell.
Cordell shows fantastic defensive ability which will bring him to the majors someday, maybe soon. His bat will have to heat up first. And with his .118 in 17 at-bat start with the Knights that may be rough, but he can always turn things around and bring up that 45 hitting and 50 power placement if he takes what he did last year and in the spring into this season.