Tall posture, square stance, noisy setup, gradual forward tilt forward during inconsistent load, aggressive hand load, fails to control it, very inconsistent at trigger; firm top half, arms swing, strength in forearms and wrists; usually taps toe as timing mechanism but employs occasional high leg kick when FB hunting, tones down lower half with two strikes, mechanical stride, limited lower-half engagement, hips leak; leveraged, moderate uppercut plane, above-average bat speed, poor barrel control, will show a mild arm bar, lacks fluidity into the zone, frequent rollovers; will expand against high velocity, below-average track, vulnerable to spin, looks to extend, poor inner-third coverage
Sneaky pop, 50 raw plays down in games; above-average bat speed with swing geared to generate loft, attacks pitches, can drive it oppo
4.15, 4.1, 4 flat on a full dig with clean release; some churn, big arm swings, powerful runner underway; has a 2nd gear, takes a couple strides to find it; immature base-stealer, struggles to time first move, mechanical crossover; aggressive around second
Solid reads and jumps, shows feel for contact; above-average pickup, range to both gaps, sound track-and-close instincts
Above-average arm strength plays down with raw present execution; inconsistent mechanics, rushes transfers on the move, accuracy can suffer
Signed by the Padres for $175,000 as an IFA in 2011, Cordero has since migrated off the infield dirt to center field by way of left. He shows the instincts and physicality to handle the position as an average defender, with plus foot speed supporting strong range and closing ability. He's an impressive athlete, though his explosiveness doesn't fully translate on the bases, where he shows as a raw reader of opposing pitchers. Cordero has a swing plane conducive to lifting pitches, but mechanical inconsistencies and poor barrel delivery leaves him frequently swinging over pitches instead, resulting in significant swing-and-miss and rolled-over ground balls. The raw speed and defensive projection to handle center combines to give him a plausible path to a big league bench role, with the bat determining how long he holds the position.