Wilfredo Nieva Cordero...known as Coco...married to Lisa Cordero. Has 3 children: daughter Wilanny (8/30/96), sons Wilfredo, Jr.(3/26/98) and Brian (5/17/05).......resides in Westlake, OH...attended Centro de Servicios Secondary School in Mayaguez, PR.
Spent the majority of the season on the DL in only season with FLA...played in only 27 games...hit .197 with one
home run and six RBI in 66 at-bats (72 plate appearances)...was placed on the DL on May 19 (retroactive to May 17)
and was out until September 7...underwent arthroscopy on the left knee on May 25...Dr. Dan Kanell repaired a torn
medial and lateral meniscus during the successful procedure...underwent the right knee arthroscopy on June 15...was
hitting .213 in 22 games with FLA before going on the DL...started slow, going 1-for-15 in first 8 games with the
Fish...hit .261 in next 14 games...posted season-high 2 RBI on April 24 vs. ATL...hit only homer on April 21 at PHI off
Tim Worrell in the 7th inning, going back-to-back with Mike Lowell...went 11-for-55 (.200) in 14 starts...made 11
starts at 1B, 3 in LF...accepted 3-game rehab assignment for Jupiter of the Single-A Florida State League before
returning to FLA... hit .500 with two homers and five RBI with the Hammerheads.
- Hit .278 with 16 home runs and 71 RBI in 130 games with Montreal... finished two homers and one RBI from
matching his career bests (18 HR, 72 RBI), set with Boston in 1997.
- Collected three RBI on May 8 vs. San Diego, reaching the 500 career RBI mark... had number 500 with a
two-run double off Brian Lawrence.
- Began the season hitting .189 in April, but posted a .341 batting average (31x91) with two homers and 15
RBI in May... included a season-best nine-game hitting streak, from May 2-11, with a .486 average (17x35).
- Collected two season-best four RBI games: July 11 vs. Florida and August 26 vs. Philadelphia... posted seven
three-hit games, including consecutive outings: July 25 and 26 vs. Atlanta.
- Posted a season-best five straight multi-hit efforts, from May 6-10, collecting 12 hits in 19 at-bats, a .632
- Hit the fourth grand slam of his career on July 11 vs. Florida off Brad Penny.
- After hitting .247 in June, .282 in July and .271 in August, recorded his second .300-plus batting month, as
he hit .311 in September... hit in 11 of 15 games in the month, including nine of 11 games, from September
2-23, with a .353 average (12x34).
- Collected five multi-hit games in six games (August 21-26), batting .458 over that span (11x24).
- Played 123 games (117 starts) at first base and one game (April 8 at Chicago (NL)) in left field... posted a
.996 fielding percentage at first base, five errors in 1,136 total chances.
Split the season between Cleveland and Montreal, playing in 72 games and hitting .267 with six home runs
and 30 RBI... began the season with the Indians, but played six games (.222, 4x18) before being released on
April 29... signed with the Expos on May 11 with 999 career hits and 99 career home runs... Hit .393 (11x28) with three homers, 10 RBI and five walks (.485 OBP and .786 SLG) as a pinch hitter and was selected to USA Today Sports Weekly's team as the best right-handed pinch-hitter in the Majors... with the Expos, finished tied for third in the NL in pinch-hit RBI (10) and was tied for first in pinch homers (three)... Hit back-to-back pinch-hit homers on July 5 and 7 at Philadelphia, hitting both homers into the upper deck at Veterans Stadium... his July 5 homer was the 100th of his career, coming off Jose Santiago... tallied his second PH homer off Carlos Silva... Hit his final homer of the season and third pinch homer of the year on August 25 at San Francisco, off Chad Zerbe in the ninth inning.
.. Hit his third career grand slam off Atlanta's Damian Moss in the third inning on July 14... was his first slam
since April 29, 1998... totaled a season-high five RBI in the game... Had his 1,000th career hit on May 17 at Los Angeles, a ninth-inning single off Eric Gagne... tallied his 100th homer on July 5 at Philadelphia ... Hit .305 (18x59) over a 26-game stretch, from May 24-July 14... Was on the DL from August 1-15 with a left calf strain... missed 13 games over the 15-game DL stint...returned from the DL on August 16 vs. San Diego and tallied four hits, one shy of his career best... overall, hit in five of his first six games after returning, posting a .476 batting average (10x21)... Made 21 starts in left field, one in right field and eight starts at first base.
Cordero spent his second full season with the Indians in 2001 starting 67 games between left field, first base and designated hitter and was a valuable pinch-hitter... Had a 257 at bat homer-less drought snapped on May 16 at Texas, his first of 2001 and his first since July 18, 2000 at Los Angeles while with the Pirates... Enjoyed his 4th career two-homer game on May 24 vs. Detroit off Victor Santos... Went over two months and 86 at bats without an RBI between May 24 and July 27... Was 4x10 as a pinch-hitter with 1 RBI... On disabled list from June 11-26 after having a hand tag (growth) removed from his left hand after the game of June 10 vs. Cincinnati... After being activated, hit .197 (29-147) the rest of the season with 4 2B, 1 HR & 8 RBI in 51 games... On the year he made 67 starts - 3 in right field, 36 in left field, 10 at DH and 18 at first base... Appeared in 22 games at first base, 49 games in left and 4 in right field... His .119 (5-42) average w/RISP and 2 outs was the 3rd lowest mark in the AL... Hit in 8 straight games from April 12-24.
In 2000, Cordero split the year between Pittsburgh & Cleveland before missing the final three weeks of the season with a broken right hand... Was acquired from the Pirates prior to the trading deadline and hit .264 (39-148) with Cleveland with 11 2B, 2 3B & 17 RBI in 38 games before suffering a non-displaced fracture of the 5th metacarpal in his right hand on 9/9 against Chicago (AL) after being hit by a Kevin Beirne pitch... Missed the last 23 games of the season... Did not homer with Cleveland & did not hit a homer over his last 183 at bats of the season...From May 1 through the end of the season he hit .297 (121-408) with 14 HR & 61 RBI over his last 104 games after hitting .182 (16-88) in April with the Pirates (2HR, 7RBI)... Over his last 28 games with Cleveland he hit .288 (32-111) with 12 RS & 14 RBI... With Cleveland he made 38 starts in left field...Hit in a career-high 15 straight games from April 29-May 23 and hit in 20 of 21 from April 29-May 29... Enjoyed his 3rd career 2-HR game on July 5 at Wrigley Field and set a new career-high with 6 RBI... Collected his 2nd career 5-hit game on May 10 vs the Mets (1HR, 4RBI)... Between Pittsburgh and Cleveland, hit a combined .276 (137-496) on the year with 16 HR & 68 RBI in 127 games... He hit .310 (44-142) with runners in scoring position.
Had a productive season cut short in June after breaking his left wrist on 6/8 vs. Milwaukee...Won the Tribe's DH/LF job over Richie Sexson in spring training after hitting .405 (32-79) with 10 2B, 4 HR, 20 RBI and 1 SB in 25 games after signing a one-year, non-guaranteed contract in early February... Picked up where he left off in spring training by hitting .319 (23-72) in April with 7 2B, 2HR & 11 RBI in 18 games... Hit in 10 straight games from 4/8-20... Missed 5 games from April 29-May 3 with a bruised right wrist (HBP on April 28 @ OAK)... Broke the radius bone in his left wrist in two places on June 8 vs Milwaukee making a diving catch in the 6th inning on a Jeromy Burnitz fly ball... Underwent surgery the next day in Cleveland...The procedure was performed by Dr. Louis Keppler and Dr. Tom Graham... Was placed on the 60-day disabled list on June 9 and was sent on a rehab. assignment at AA-Akron on August 2... Appeared in three games for Aeros before being activated off the 60-day DL on September 8... Played in 14 September games, hitting .238 (10-42) with 3 2B, 3 HR & 6 RBI in nine starts in LF... On the year made 19 starts at DH and 29 starts in left field... Was 5x9 (.556) with a HR & 2 RBI in 3 games against Boston in the Division Series in his first taste of post-season play... HR came in Game 4 off Tom Gordon.
Appeared in 96 games for the Chicago White Sox after signing with the club at the end of spring training as a free agent on March 23... Began the season at Birmingham, appearing in 11 games, before making his White Sox debut on April 23 at Cleveland and homered on the first pitch he saw from Jaret Wright... Was one of seven White Sox players to reach double figures in homers, starting 81 games at first base (83 apps.), six starts in right field and three in left field... Enjoyed a hot second half, hitting .293 (41-140) with 5 HR & 20 RBI in 39 games... Hit .368 (14-38) in September... Went 2-for-4 with 2 HR and a then career-high 5 RBI on April 29 at Baltimore, including his second career grand slam off Sidney Ponson... It was also his 2nd career two homer game...White Sox declined his 1999 option after the season, this making him a free agent... Hit .333 (32-96) for Mayaguez in the Puerto Rican Winter League after the season with 6 HR & 23 RBI in 26 games for the Puerto Rican League Champions.
Established career highs in games played (140), at-bats (570), runs scored (72), hits (160), total bases (246), home runs (18) and RBI (72) in his second season with Boston... Batted .300 (30-100) with five home runs and 17 RBI in April and .327 (35-107) with three homers and 12 RBI in May... Was hitting .300 (84-280) with 11 HR & 41 RBI at the All-Star Break... Played 137 games in left field... Compiled a career-high, 11-game hitting streak from 9/17-28, going 19-43 (.442)... Collected a career-high five hits (5-6) on 5/22 at New York, tying the major-league season high... Matched his then career high with four RBI on 5/23 at New York... Was released following the season finale at Toronto on 9/28.
Spent his first season with Boston after being acquired from Montreal in the off-season as part of a five-player trade... Started the first 13 games at second base, hitting .120 (6-50) ... Batted .364 (39-107) over his next 23 games to raise his average to .287... Hit his first home run on 5/12 at Toronto while starting at first base for the first time in his career... Suffered a fractured right tibia in the ninth inning of a 16-4 victory on 5/20 vs. Oakland when George Williams slid into second base to break up a double play... Was on the disabled list from 5/21-8/12... Hit .293 (12-41) in his final 21 games... Made his final start at second base on 8/17 and was used strictly as a pinch hitter and designated hitter for the rest of the season... Batted in every spot in the order except ninth... Finished second in the Puerto Rican Winter League with a .344 (42-122) average for Mayaguez.
Ranked fifth in the National League with a career-high 35 doubles, marking his third consecutive season
with 30 or more doubles...Led Montreal with 147 hits and 514 at-bats...Made 105 starts at shortstop, including
29 straight to open the season, before making his final 26 in left field after replacing an injured Moises Alou
on 8/26...Was one of two batters in 1995 to collect three hits off Greg Maddux, going 3-4 with a home run on
8/4 vs. Atlanta...Collected a season-high four hits on 5/16 vs. Cincinnati...Broke up Mike Morgan's no-hit bid
on 7/3 at St. Louis with a one-out, infield single in the ninth inning...Played for Mayaguez in the Puerto Rican
Was named to the NL All-Star Team in his second season as the Expos shortstop...Went 0-2 in the game
after replacing Ozzie Smith in the seventh inning...Won the Silver Slugger Award for offensive excellence at his
position...Led NL shortstops with a .294 average, 10 home runs and 49 RBI and was third with 16 stolen
bases...His 15 home runs broke Hubie Brooks' club record for shortstops...Hit .332 (65-196) with nine home
runs and 20 doubles over his final 51 games...Drew a career-high four walks on 5/9 vs. the Mets.
Split the year between Pittsburgh & Cleveland before missing the final three weeks of the season with a broken
right hand...Was acquired from the Pirates prior to the trading deadline and hit .264 (39-148) with Cleveland
with 11 2B, 2 3B and 17 RBI in 38 games before suffering a non-displaced fracture of the 5th metacarpal in his
right hand on September 9 against Chicago (AL) after being hit by a Kevin Beirne pitch...Missed the last 23
games of the season...Did not homer w/Cleveland and did not hit a homer over his last 183 at bats of the season.
Ranked fourth among National League rookies in RBI (58), sixth in stolen bases (12) and seventh in home
runs (10) ...Became the first shortstop in Expos history to record 10 home runs and 10 stolen bases...Made
129 starts at shortstop...Drove in 16 runs in his final 16 games...Hit eight of his 10 home runs at Olympic
Stadium...Played for Mayaguez in the Puerto Rican Winter League.
Was recalled by Montreal on 7/24...Made his major-league debut on 7/24 vs. Los Angeles and collected
singles in his first two at-bats off Ramon Martinez...Collected his first RBI on 7/29 vs. Philadelphia and hit his
first home run, a three-run shot, on 9/18 vs. the Mets...Started 34 games overall, including eight at second
base, his first action at that position since high school...Played in 52 games at Class AAA Indianapolis, hitting
.314 before being recalled by Montreal on 7/24...Was ranked the No. 7 Prospect in the American Association
by Baseball America.
Named the organization's top prospect by Baseball America for the 2nd straight season.
Named the organization's top prospect by Baseball America.
Signed with the Expos at the age of 16. Came up through the organization as a shortstop.