FutureSox Prospect Rankings
- #23 - 2017 Midseason
- #20 - 2018 Preseason
- Northwest League All Star, 2013
- California League Midseason All Star, 2015
- #15 Prospect in the California League, 2015 (Baseball America)
- Texas League Midseason All Star, 2016
- Texas League Postseason All Star, 2016
Cordell was drafted in the 11th round of the 2013 First Year Player Draft by the Texas Rangers. At Triple-A Colorado Springs before the acquisition, he was sporting a gaudy line of .284/.349/.506 in 68 games, but beware of PCL inflation. He had 10 homers to go with a .wOBA of .366 and a 116 wRC+ in 68 games played. Cordell went to Milwaukee in the Jonathan Lucroy trade as a Player to be Named Later. Colorado Springs is very hitter-friendly, and Cordell had an OPS of 1.059 at Security Service Field and just a .673 OPS on the road. He hit very well in his first two seasons in the Rangers organization, racking up 31 homers and 41 stolen bases over that span. He was actually injured and on the disabled list with the Sox acquired him (back issue), and did not play in the White Sox organization in 2017. Ryan opened 2018 at AAA Charlotte after a strong showing in Spring Training, but then broke his collar bone on a collision with the outfield wall in April. He returned to games in late July and hit well enough to earn his first MLB call-up, but his showing with the White Sox was less than stellar: he hit .108 with 15 K in 40 PA.
Cordell stood out for his athleticism and tools and has the bat speed and strength to hit for power from the right side. He struggles to control the strike zone at times and has swing and miss tendencies. He has plus speed and seems to be an efficient base stealing threat. Cordell played 6 positions while in the Texas organization but the Brewers played him exclusively in the outfield. MLB Pipeline believes that he is rangy enough to stick in CF but he profiles as an "ideal 4th OF". After arriving in Milwaukee, the outfielder lowered where he loads his hands and slowed down his stride. This helped him tap into his bat speed and allowed for pull power in games. His scouting grades according to mlbpipeline (as of 2017) were: Hit 45/Power 55/Run 60/Arm 55/Field 55. He's very athletic and toolsy but is already 25 years old. He projects to have at least 4 average tools and he's show a propensity to make adjustments at every minor league stop. The profile feels a bit like Jason Coats if he had the speed to play center field. Look for Cordell to have a shot to make the 2019 Opening Day outfield with the White Sox, though in the long run he's highly unlikely to be a starter on a future contending team.
Major League Outlook: 4th Outfielder/Utility Player
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