MILWAUKEE -- Ryan Cordell hasn't had a single at-bat since the Brewers and Rangers added him to the list of potential players to be named in the Jonathan Lucroy trade. But the more Milwaukee officials examined their options, the clearer it became that Cordell was the pick.It became official on
MILWAUKEE -- Ryan Cordell hasn't had a single at-bat since the Brewers and Rangers added him to the list of potential players to be named in the Jonathan Lucroy trade. But the more Milwaukee officials examined their options, the clearer it became that Cordell was the pick.
It became official on Monday, when the clubs finalized their Aug. 1 trade by including the 24-year-old Cordell, an outfielder who is nearly recovered from the high ankle sprain that ended his season the day after the deal was struck.
The final trade was Lucroy and closer Jeremy Jeffress for three of the Rangers' top 10 prospects; outfielder Lewis Brinson, right-hander Luis Ortiz and Cordell, who had moved up to No. 6 on MLBPipeline.com's list of Texas' top prospects after the departure of Brinson and Ortiz.
"Ryan is a very athletic, right-handed-hitting center fielder who has the ability to play all three outfield positions, as we saw this year," Brewers general manager David Stearns said. "He's displayed above-average raw power, he's displayed above-average speed.
"When you put that combination together, he gives himself a chance to be an impact Major League player."
Brinson is No. 2 on MLBPipeline.com's updated list of the top Brewers prospects. Ortiz is No. 5, and Cordell joined the list Monday at No. 18.
Cordell hit .264/.319/.484 with 19 home runs and 12 stolen bases in 107 games at Double-A Frisco this season. He missed the final month of the Minor League season with the high right ankle sprain sustained after running into an outfield wall.
An 11th-round Draft pick of the Rangers in 2013, Cordell has mostly manned center field in his four Minor League seasons, but he has also played games at third base, shortstop, first base and both corner outfield spots. He played exclusively in the outfield in 2016, and Stearns indicated that's where he will continue as a Brewers farmhand.
"He's been rehabbing, and we've obviously done all of our work on where he is medically," Stearns said. "We believe he is getting very close to being 100 percent."
Cordell will report to the Brewers' complex in Phoenix to complete his rehab before participating in the fall instructional league.
"Of the players from whom we had to choose, he separated himself as we dug in deeper," Stearns said. "Both in terms of what we saw after the trade and what he had done before then, just doing more research on the player, we became more comfortable with the type of player he could become."
The Brewers will have to add Cordell to the 40-man roster in November to protect him from the Rule 5 Draft.
He joined a growing list of center-field prospects in the Brewers' system that includes Brinson, 2016 first-round Draft pick Corey Ray (No. 3), Trent Clark (No. 7) and Brett Phillips (No. 8). The Brewers already have 26-year-old Keon Broxton playing center field in the Major Leagues.
Stearns characterized that depth as "a really good problem to have. We'll tackle that next Spring Training and see where it falls out."
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