Height/Weight: 5’11”, 180 lbs
Born: 1/14/90 (Caracas, VE)
2011 Rank: 26
Why Ranked Here: Cordero rises 11 spots from a year ago because he used his first season in full-season ball to make important adjustments that bode well for becoming a valuable Major League ballplayer.
Cordero is a gifted defensive catcher. He moves well behind the plate, is a fine receiver. His arm is solid average to a tick above. When he stays clean mechanically, it plays up a little on accuracy. At times in Savannah, he fell in love with his arm a bit, leading to some poorly thought out throws. He was probably the slowest of the Gnats regulars in 2011, but he has sneaky good feet. Growing up, he played lots of pick-up soccer and he can juggle a baseball with his feet.
At the plate, Cordero has a contact oriented approach. When he was going well, he used right-center field very well, flicking fastballs on the outer half in that direction. All the same, some of the hits he rolled through the right side of the infield in 2011 will disappear at higher levels unless he simply hits the ball harder. Power was not the focus of Cordero’s game in 2011. At best, he’ll have average or a little below.
2011: No player on the Savannah Gnats in either of the last two years, improved as much as Albert Cordero did in 2011. Cordero had a dreadful May (.182/.193/.218) and was hitting .219/.248/.297 when the South Atlantic League paused for its All-Star Break in the third week of June. After the break, Cordero returned a changed, more disciplined hitter when he smashed his way to a .330/.373/.439 line in his final 59 games in the second half. Pre-All Star Break: four walks in 45 games, or one walk every 11.25 games. Post: 11 walks in 59 games or one 5.4 games. Yup, he was walking twice as often. Pre ASB: .078 ISO slugging percentage. Post: .109.
Oh yeah, he threw out 40% of opposing basestealers (24/60), and would have led the SAL if he’d caught enough innings to qualify.
Dr. Pangloss Says: Everyday MLB catcher
Debbie Downer Says: Hey, if Mike Nickeas can play in the big leagues, so can Albert Cordero.
Projected 2012 Start: Advanced-A St. Lucie
MLB Arrival: September 2013
|2010 R – APP||54||206||57||11||2||8||8||24||.277||.306||.466|
|2011 A – SAL||104||385||110||15||2||6||15||69||.286||.324||.382|
|2010 R – APP||9.5||10.9||3.6||3.6||.277||.189|
|2011 A – SAL||5.5||16.5||3.6||1.4||.330||.096|