Ryan Cordell

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Ryan Cordell
Free agent
Born: (1992-03-31) March 31, 1992 (age 27)
San Diego, California
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
September 3, 2018, for the Chicago White Sox
MLB statistics
(through 2019 season)
Batting average.205
Home runs8
Runs batted in28

Ryan Thomas Cordell (born March 31, 1992) is an American professional baseball outfielder who is a free agent. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Chicago White Sox.


Cordell attended Valley Christian High School in Roseville, California, graduating in 2010.[1] He attended Liberty University and played college baseball for the Liberty Flames.

Texas Rangers[edit]

The Texas Rangers selected Cordell in the 11th round of the 2013 MLB draft. He began playing in the Rangers' organization in 2013, posting a .248 batting average with the Spokane Indians.[2]

In 2014, Cordell started the baseball season with the Hickory Crawdads of the Class A South Atlantic League and was later promoted to the Myrtle Beach Pelicans of the Class A-Advanced Carolina League in late August of that year. In 89 games between the two teams he batted .318 with 13 home runs and 59 RBIs. Prior to the 2015 season, he was converted from an outfielder to shortstop.[3] He started the 2015 season with the High Desert Mavericks of the Class A-Advanced California League and was moved mid-season to finish with the Frisco RoughRiders of the Class AA Texas League, transferring back to outfield and utility player status. In 124 games, he slashed .270/.327/.444 with 18 home runs and 75 RBIs. After the 2015 season, Cordell was brought up as a reserve batter for the Round Rock Express of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League (PCL) in their championship series in September 2015.

In 2016, Cordell began the season with Frisco, where he posted two grand slams[4] in the first 13 games of the season, to join Bryce Harper[5] of the Washington Nationals as one of only two players in professional baseball to net two grand slams in the first three weeks of the 2016 season, a feat which garnered him Texas League Player of the Month for April 2016.[6]

Milwaukee Brewers[edit]

The Milwaukee Brewers acquired Cordell on September 5, 2016 as the player to be named later from the August 1 trade for Jonathan Lucroy and Jeremy Jeffress.[7] Cordell finished 2016 with a .264 batting average with 19 home runs and 70 RBIs.[8] The Brewers added him to their 40-man roster after the season.[9] He began the 2017 season with the Colorado Springs Sky Sox of the PCL, batting .284 with ten home runs and 45 RBIs in 68 games.[10]

Chicago White Sox[edit]

On July 25, 2017, Cordell was traded by the Brewers to the Chicago White Sox for pitcher Anthony Swarzak.[11] He did not play the rest of the season after being acquired by Chicago due to injury.[12]

Cordell began 2018 with the Charlotte Knights of the Class AAA International League. The White Sox promoted Cordell to the major leagues on September 3, 2018 and he made his major league debut that day as a pinch runner.[13] On October 28, 2019, the White Sox outrighted Cordell off of the roster.[14] He became a free agent following the 2019 season.[15]


  1. ^ http://www.thepresstribune.com/article/7/17/15/valley-christian-alum-promoted-texas-rangers-organization
  2. ^ "Ryan Cordell Minor League Statistics & History". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC.
  3. ^ Jacob Sundstrom Staff Writer. "Mavericks' Cordell learning SS after moving from the outfield". VVdailypress.com. Retrieved February 17, 2016.
  4. ^ "Cordell hits second grand slam in Riders road win". mlb.com.
  5. ^ "Harper hits second slam in 6-game span". mlb.com.
  6. ^ "Ryan Cordell named Texas League Player of the Month". MiLB.com.
  7. ^ "Milwaukee receives Ryan Cordell as third player in Jonathan Lucroy, Jeremy Jeffress deal - SportsDay". September 5, 2016. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  8. ^ "Ryan Cordell Stats, Highlights, Bio - MiLB.com Stats - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  9. ^ "Brewers' Brinson, Hader added to 40-man roster". Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  10. ^ "Ryan Cordell Stats, Highlights, Bio - MiLB.com Stats - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". MiLB.com. Retrieved February 1, 2018.
  11. ^ news services, espn (July 25, 2017). "Brewers acquire pitcher Swarzak, send prospect to White Sox". espn.com. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  12. ^ "Just how good is Ryan Cordell? Rick Hahn says three teams have called about the White Sox outfield prospect". NBC Sports Chicago. Retrieved February 1, 2018.
  13. ^ http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/whitesox/ct-spt-white-sox-ryan-cordell-20180903-story.html
  14. ^ Daryl Van Schouwen (October 28, 2019). "White Sox outright Cordell, Banuelos, Goins, Skole". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved October 29, 2019.
  15. ^ Matt Eddy (November 7, 2019). "Minor League Free Agents 2019". Baseball America. Retrieved November 8, 2019.

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