Each week, “Cow Tipping” will feature a San Francisco Giants’ prospect from one of our farm teams.
I have to be honest with you. I hadn’t heard of Erik Cordier until a friend of mine told me he just saw this kid pitch for the Fresno Grizzlies against the Sacramento Rivercats. I was intrigued after being told he throws fastballs in the 90-plus rage.
Drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 2nd round of the 2004 MLB Amateur Draft, Cordier is a Midwestern kid. Born in Green Bay, Wisconsin, he was drafted out of Southern Door High School in Brussels, WI.
Cordier signed a Major League deal with the San Francisco Giants just last year and was put on the 40-Man Roster for 2014. He has spent his entire baseball career in the Minors, so this was a bit of a step for the Giants. He has played for such teams as the Idaho Falls Chukers, the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, and the Mississippi Braves before joining the Fresno Grizzlies. He had recently switched to Relief when the Giants decided to take the risk and sign him on.
The bad news: he missed 2 full seasons, with one due to recovery from Tommy John surgery. Take it for what it’s worth. The Giants are risking a lot having this kid on their 40-man roster. Then again, isn’t baseball about taking risks sometimes?
In his career, he has pitched 196 games, started in 105, and pitched 608.2 innings. He’s allowed 40 homeruns, has had 340 BB, and 509 strikeouts. He has had 38 wins and 38 losses, with an ERA of 4.24. Looking at his stats for this year, Cordier has a 3.57 ERA, over a 4.58 from last year.
I am still rather intrigued and hope to see this kid brought up to the Majors to prove he was worth the risk.