Rangers’ Cordell an Under-the-Radar Star

Jon Daniels
NBC 5 News

Everyone knows about Nomar Mazara now, but even before he was AL Rookie of the Month in his first month in the bigs, he was the Rangers' top prospect depending on which set of rankings you looked at.

If it wasn't him, it was Joey Gallo, who is on the DL now but before a groin strain was enjoying a bit of a rejuvenation at Triple-A with a reduced strikeout rate and new-found plate discipline.

Of course, there's still Jurickson Profar, too. He's at Triple-A after two years out of the game and is hoping to re-establish his value that once had him as the consensus top prospect in all of baseball.

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But what about Ryan Cordell? If you've never heard of him, maybe you should get used to the name. Cordell was invited to big-league spring training this year and performed admirably in what little Cactus League action he saw.

On Monday, Cordell was named the Texas League Player of the Month for April, as he was a stud for Frisco all month. The 24-year-old outfielder hit .363 with a .398 on-base percentage and 1.085 OPS. He hit five homers and also flashed a nice glove in the outfield.

With the way things are set up now, there might not be room for Cordell with the big club any time soon, but if he keeps this up, he could be a pretty nice piece of trade bait at the deadline when the Rangers are trying to acquire another stud starting pitcher or a front-line catcher.

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