Back at the trade deadline the Milwaukee Brewers traded for two top 65 prospects, but waited on one more to be named later.
At the trade deadline back in August 1st, the Milwaukee Brewers traded Jonathan Lucroy and Jeremy Jeffress for two top 65 prospects. Those two were OF Lewis Brinson and RHP Luis Ortiz. There was also a PTBNL once the MiLB season was over and he was named today.
That player is OF Ryan Cordell. In 2015, Cordell had a batting line of .270/.327/.444 split between A+ and AA. There was quite a difference between the two as in 319 PAs in A+ he had a 142 wRC+ with a 16.6 K% and in AA, in 242 PAs, he had a 30.2 K% and 63 wRC+.
Before the season started, Baseball America ranked him #11 among the Texas Rangers prospects and up to #9 at mid-season. BA compares his offensive skills to Jake Marisnick, although he doesn’t quite have the defensive skills.
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His rise from #11 to #9 certainly came as his offensive numbers show he adjusted to the AA level. He lowered his K% a bit at 21.8% along with having the most HRs at the minor league level at 19, just one up compared to last year.
His batting line of .264/.319/.484 and 127 wRC+ also are good reasons to have a positive outlook at the end of the 2016 season. Not to mention all these numbers are in 107 games as he went on the DL back on August 3rd.
While he looks like a solid pick-up for the Milwaukee Brewers along with Brinson and Ortiz, the Texas Rangers might’ve just not have been patient enough as he’s already 24-years old being drafted out of Liberty University in the 11th round back in 2013. But, the Crew might’ve been fine with adding more depth to their future outfield no matter what the age.
With the Rangers giving up 3 of their top 9 prospects and Jeffress still on the restricted list from his drunk driving charge, they hope Lucroy will contribute to the playoff race as they remain 9.5 games ahead of the Houston Astros in the AL West. Only the Chicago Cubs have a bigger lead in the NL Central at 16.5.