The Padres have announced that they’ve placed outfielder Manuel Margot on the 10-day DL, retroactive to Thursday, with a strained calf. To take his place on the active roster, they’ve recalled fellow outfielder Franchy Cordero from Triple-A El Paso.
The Margot move is somewhat expected — Margot’s calf injury was already known, and he was wearing a walking boot yesterday. The center fielder was batting .259/.305/.389 in what figured to be his first full big-league season.
As disappointing as it must be for the Padres to lose a high-upside 22-year-old outfielder for awhile, though, the Cordero move is interesting in its own right. Cordero is also 22, and he was batting .289/.349/.520 for Triple-A El Paso — good numbers even after considering that El Paso is a great place for hitters. He played in 2015 at Class A Fort Wayne, but the Padres moved him aggressively through their system in 2016 as he batted .290/.344/.450 across three levels, demonstrating good contact ability and burgeoning extra-base power. He earned a 40-man roster spot in November.
Cordero’s most significant downside at the plate currently seems to be strikeouts — he’s had 59 of them in 190 plate appearances so far this season, although that might be somewhat understandable given his youth. MLB.com rates Cordero the No. 23 prospect in a strong Padres system, praising his raw power and his defense in center field.
Would of rather had them call up Rafael Ortega. or Jose Pirela. Give Cordoba starts in left, Sczcur in center, and renfoe in right and pirela or ortega as the 4th outfielder. Cordero should still be playing in triple a instead of serving as the 4th outfielder.
Franchy is on the 40 man…neither Ortega or Pirela are…no sense in making a 40 man move for this
They could have opened one up by ending the blash experiment. Theyve got enough OFs hitting at AAA in buss ortega and pirela- all of whom are 26 or older. Leg injuries can be tricky if not handled properly. Rather them give margot as much time as he needs and let ortega or pirela be the 4th and cordero keep getting playing time.
Disagree. There’s zero upside to Pirela or Ortega, whereas Franchy has some. He’s not a top prospect where service time is really a consideration, so get him some ABs in the majors and see what’s there. Cordero also can play CF whereas the other two do not, which I’m also sure was a factor.
He’s going to K way too much.
Neither are on the 40 man nor not part of the long term plan. Cordero is on the 40 man and may be part of team down the road. As Ryan would say, it doesn’t really matter if they would help us win one or two more games before Margot comes back, we are playing to win in 2019-22, not 2017.
Ok, thats fine if they play him every day and give him at bats. But if theyre gonna start him like once or twice and let sczcur start in center and let cordero do pitch hitting then id rather them call up one of the others and let cordero play everyday in aaa. But if hes starting in place of margot until margot comes back thats fine. Maybe he can show case and be used in a trade. Padres have plenty of OF talent.
Typical thinking, no need to adjust the 40 man. Let Córdoba come up for a minute give him a taste, let him no what he is striving for. You can also let him get to be seen and some tips from the major league hitting coaches maybe they can help a little or give some advise to cut down on the k’s. The padres are horrible at developing talent and when they do they are old. Case in point luchessi, lauer, Allen to name a few. Get some movement down there.
It’s Cordero, not Cordoba, but I agree with what you are saying. Bring up the kid that might be a Padre in 2019 and beyond, not the guys that are farm system fodder.
The Padres have been moving players through the system fast under Preller and Cordero is a case in point. So is Lamet and Torres. All were in A ball to start 2016 and now they are getting a taste of the majors. Lucchesi and Lauer are in their 1st full season in pro ball and both are in high A and will be in AA soon. That is not moving them slow.
Anyone know how this DL stint might affect Margot’s service time, if at all? I know there was speculation earlier the Pads might send him down, to save a year.
Ah no. They won’t be sending him down to save a year.
Players continue to accrue service time while on the ML DL., so this has no bearing on service time at all.
Players continue to accrue service time while on Major League DL. That is why Jurickson Profar is eligible for free agency after 2019 despite missing two years with injury, for example.
In case you missed it. MLB DL time = service time. Just want to be thorough.
Players on the DL are still accruing service time.
Cordero is probably going to strike out a lot, but hopefully he’ll make the most out of this call-up.