Married Maddie Reynolds. Attended the former Young Harris Junior College and Mercer University. Grew up in the small town of Dayton, Tennessee, most famous as the setting for the Scopes Monkey Trial... it's south of Knoxville, north of Chattanooga. In his senior year, Cory wrote to more than 25 colleges through the southeast hoping to land a spot on a baseball team...he heard from zero...in his senior year, a coach named Rick Robinson, from Young Harris Community College in the mountains of North Georgia, noticed Cory's sidearm throw from second base...Robinson said if he could learn to pitch from that angle, he would consider giving him scholarship money...Cory worked all summer on his delivery and landed the scholarship. Only Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, recruited him to play as a junior, but after he excelled in the Cape Cod League that summer, the big universities like Florida and Tennessee came calling...Cory declined. "Mercer wanted me when nobody else wanted me,'' he told his mother. "I'm going to honor that.'' In the Braves' farm system in 2011, he won the Bill Lucas Award, given annually to the minor leaguer who exhibits the best character and sportsmanship. When the Giants called, he was thrilled...he told a Tennessee reporter: "Honestly San Francisco is my favorite city in the Major Leagues...it has everything and for me is the most beautiful experience in baseball...the rolling hills and the sprawling bay surrounding AT&T Park are remarkable and you're so close to so many captivating areas up and down the California coast as well." Involved with the following organizations: Fantasy Camp for Kids and Jefferson Awards - Students in Action.
Was one of the Giants' best relievers, posting a 1.99 ERA (15er, 68.0ip) in 68 games...His 1.99 ERA (15er, 68.0ip) ranked as the seventh-best figure among NL relievers...Registered a career-best 68.0 innings (previous high was 48.1 innings in 2016)...His 68.0 innings pitched were also the most among SF relievers...Allowed 20 of 41 inherited runners to score (48.8%), the fourth-highest figure among MLB pitchers...Finished the season strong, allowing just one run over his last 15 appearances (12.1ip), posting a 0.73 ERA and a .053 (2-for-38) opponents average in that span...Opponents were hitless in their last 23 at-bats against him...Induced opposing hitters to ground into eight double plays in 44 opportunities (18.2%).
Finished the season with a 3-2 record and a 4.28 ERA in a career-best 56 games. Held opponents scoreless in 12 of his first 13 outings (3er, 13.0ip). Was one of the Giants best relievers in the first half, posting a 2.16 ERA (8er, 33.1ip) over his first 36 contests. Recorded his first Major League hit in his firstever plate appearance on May 28 at Colorado, hitting a single to right field off RHP Gonzalez Germen in the eighth inning. On Sept. 19 at Arizona he became the third pitcher in MLB history to play the outfield and get a save in the same game. Missed 34 games from July 6-August 17 with a right shoulder strain.
Was a Sept. call-up, having his contract purchased from triple-A on Sept. 8...made seven relief outings, posting a 4.91 ERA....Spent the entire season with Triple-A, going 2-2 with a 2.72 ERA (13er, 43.0ip) in 33 relief appearances (46 SO, .230 Avg. Against)....Missed the first month of the season while recovering from Tommy John surgery he had in 2014.
Attended Spring Training with the Braves and was likely to earn one of the open roster spots in the bullpen…however, left his last outing with discomfort in his right elbow and it was later revealed that he would need "Tommy John" surgery…missed the entire season. Was released by the Braves November 10, 2014.
In his third season with the Major League club, set career highs in appearances (37) and innings pitched (31.0). Earned his first career save on 5/20 vs. MIN by retiring his only batter faced (F7) with two pitches. Appeared on a Major League opening day roster for the first time in his career. Posted a 3.77 ERA (31.0 IP/13 ER) over 37 appearances with the big league club before being optioned to Gwinnett (AAA) on 7/5. Pitched at a 9.90 ERA in 11 appearances, from 5/26-7/3, before his option date. Allowed just two earned runs in his first 26 appearances, pitching to a 0.86 ERA (21.0 IP/2 ER). Through his first 13 games of the season, held opponents scoreless while allowing just seven hits in 12.1 innings pitched. Opponents hit .175 off him in that span. Following his option to Gwinnett (AAA) on 7/5, did not pitch for the for the remainder of the season due to a strained right shoulder.
In his sixth professional season, combined to make 61 relief appearances between Gwinnett (2.30 ERA)andAtlanta (1.80 ERA). Suffered his only loss of the season on 9/18 at MIA by allowing a run in the 10th inning. Had his streak of 14 straight scoreless apps (covering 11.1 IP) snapped at MIA on 9/17 in the seventh inning (the streak dated to 7/31). Was recalled 9/4 from Gwinnett for the fourth time and made the postseason roster (did not appear). Named Gwinnett's Most Outstanding Pitcher, becoming first reliever to do so since Stephen Marek and Craig Kimbrel shared the award in 2010. Led Gwinnett with nine saves and ranked third overall in the Braves' organization in saves. Elected to the 2012 Triple-AAll-Star Game (did not appear). Was 3-1 with a 1.25 ERA(6 ER in 43.1 IP) and seven saves in 28 games prior to the break. Posted an 11.1-inning scoreless streak from 5/14-6/2. Did not allow a home run with Gwinnett, his second straight year without allowing a Triple-A home run.
Opened the 2011 campaign with Triple-A Gwinnett where he went 1-1 with a 2.61 (3 ER/10.1 IP) in sixappearances out of the bullpen prior to his first call-up to the Majors...Appeared on Atlanta's ML roster on three separate occasions with each transaction taking place with GWI: recalled 4/22, optioned 5/18; recalled 5/29, optioned 6/11; recalled 7/2, optioned 7/22...Made his Major League debut on 4/25 at SD. Tossed 2.0 perfect innings and struck out two of his sixbatters faced...Ranked third among Braves minor league relievers in ERA (1.80)...Recorded four consecutive saves for GWI, 8/9-17 (6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 9 K)...Strung together 13 consecutive outings without allowing an ER, 6/24-8/11 (17.2 IP, 15 H, 1 R, 6 BB, 21 K)...In nine appearances out of the bullpen between his second and third appearance on the ML roster (6/11-7/2) went 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA (2 ER/12.0 IP) for GWI...Came on in 7/19's fifth inning at COL and inherited two runners with two outs. Struck out Carlos Gonzalezto get out of the jam, but then allowed two earned runs on four hits in the sixth inning...Entered a 4-1 game (Braves trailing) in the seventh inning in relief of Derek Lowe and gave up a career-highsix runs (all earned) on a career-high (matched) four hits in just 0.1 IP on 7/10 at PHI...Suffered his first blown save on 5/1 vs. STL as he allowed one run over 1.0 inning of work.
Spent his first season season with Gwinnett (AAA), amassing a 3-5 record with a 3.36 ERA in a careerhigh80.1 innings. Also set career highs in stikeouts (66) and appearances (52)...Led the G-Braves staff and was second among Braves minor leaguers with his 52 appearances. His 3.36ERA ranked seventh among the organization's relief pitchers...From 4/12-5/2 tossed 10.1 consecutive scoreless innings...His first win came 7/1 at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre...Tossed a season-high 3.1 scoreless innings 9/1 at Norfolk...Appeared in 10 games (1-0, 3.93) for the Phoenix Desert Dogs of the Arizona Fall League.
Earned Myrtle Beach MVP honors after leading the club with 17 saves and ranking second amongqualifying relievers with a 1.84 ERA...Pitched in 47 games between High-A Myrtle Beach and Double-AMississippi (1-4-19, 2.30 ERA)...Finished in the top 10 in several categories among Braves minor league pitchers,including saves (2nd), relievers ERA (3rd), games (T5th) and opponents' batting average (7th, .205)...Wasa perfect 6-for-6 in save opportunities while pitching at a 0.82 ERA in nine April contests to earn organizationalPitcher of the Month honors...Also earned Pitcher of the Month honors in August (0-1-6, 2.61 ERA, 10appearances).
In 36 combined appearances between Myrtle Beach (A) and Rome (A), went 6-3-1 with a 4.11ERA...Earned first career save 6/27 at SAV (1.0 IP, 2 K).
Suffered the loss in his professional debut on 6/27 with Danville (R) as he failed to record an out (3R, 2 H)...Following first outing, settled in nicely and pitched at a 3.73 ERA rest of the way (17 games)...Earnedfirst career win on 8/17 (4.2 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 4 K).