Franchy Cordero: Under the Radar

February 28, 2018

By: Braden Surprenant


Heading into this season’s spring training, there was a huge focus on young talent for the San Diego Padres. In fact, during Eric Hosmer’s introduction press conference his agent, Scott Boras, said the Padres were “a volcano of hot talent lava.” Fernando Tatis Jr., Luis Urias, Eric Lauer, Cal Quantrill, and Austin Allen are just a few of the headliner prospect names that came into big league camp, looking to show and prove to everyone they can compete at the big league level sooner than later. 


As everyone already knows, the San Diego Padres have acquired Eric Hosmer, an all-star first baseman, sending another all-star first baseman, Wil Myers, back to the outfield where he started with the Padres back in 2015. This has created a logjam of “hot talent lava,” in the outfield primarily with who is going to start in left field, Jose Pirela or Hunter Renfroe? That is the foregone conclusion, either Pirela or Renfroe starting in left. There is another young young outfielder however, that might surprise everyone and steal the show. His name is Franchy Cordero and he is already tearing up spring training.


The 23-year-old outfielder has put on a show so far in early wakes of spring training. Cordero is 3-for-8 (.375), with 2 home runs, (one inside the park) and 3 RBIs in the three games the Padres have played. Look that is not a big sample size by any means, but Cordero is putting the pressure on in what is going to be a fun position battle in the outfield for the Padres this Spring. Usually I would look at these statistics and immediately throw them out because the Padres have only played three games, but Cordero did just come off a winter that included being the the MVP, and Rookie of the Year of the Dominican Winter League. He finished the Dominican Winter League hitting .323/.393/.495, with 5 home runs and 25 RBIs.


Franchy Cordero, rated the No. 12 Prospect in the Padres system, is competing to make the Padres opening day lineup this spring. The biggest concern in terms of keeping Cordero on the Major League roster is his high strike out rate, but aside from that he has all the tools and all the upside needed to make an impact on this young Padre roster. As you watch the rest of spring training, keep an eye on Franchy Cordero because he just might play his way into the Padres lineup in 2018.