On Wednesday, Andrew Benintendi was dealt to the Royals, in exchange for 3 Players to Be Named Later, RHP Josh Winckowski, and OF Franchy Cordero. Now who exactly are these players, you may be asking?
Franchy Cordero was born on September 2nd, 1994, and signed an International Contract with the Padres in November of 2011. After 5 years in the minors, he bursted on to the big scene on May 27th of 2017. He was called up because former Red Sox prospect Manuel Margot, went to what’s called now as the Injured List, but was at the time called the Disabled List.
Cordero started his big league career hot, grabbing 19 hits in just his first 17 games in 2017. He went ice cold though with just one hit in his final 10 games before getting sent back down to AAA El Paso. He would return to the Padres in July for 3 games while Margot was on the Paternity List, but would finish the season in Triple-A.
Cordero would finish the 2017 Triple-A Season with a slashline of.326/.369/.603 and 17 home runs in 93 games, but finished the 2017 Major League year with a slashline of just .228/.276/.424, and 3 Home Runs in 30 games.
Cordero would begin the 2018 season on the DL. He would then be activated in May only to head back to the DL just weeks later though. He would bounce back and forth between in the lineup and the DL. But his 2018 season was ultimately cut short with him needing Elbow Surgery. The 2018 season for Cordero was injury plagued, and only managed to start 36 games, hitting .237/.307/.439 with 9 Home Runs. He did hit the second longest home run out of anybody in 2018, at 489 feet.
2019 was cut short again due to injury. He played just 9 games. Cordero was then traded to the Royals in 2020, and played 16 games in the 2020 season. He struggled, hitting just .211. But advanced metrics show that he got quite unlucky.
Cordero, 26, has just 315 Plate Appearances over his Major League Career, but has plenty of upside and power from the left side of the batters box. “He hits the ball just as hard as anyone” Chaim Bloom said in a Zoom Press Conference. Cordero also ranks in the 68th percentile in 20200 for sprint speed, and ranked in the 90th percentile or above from 2017-2019.
Cordero hopes to make an impact on the Red Sox in 2021.
Winckowski, 22, spent time in the Blue Jays Minor League system from 2016-2019. He posted a 4.15 ERA in that span of time, although posting a 3.19 ERA in 2020, in High A Ball.
Winckowski has a very slow, and inconsistent delivery, but has good movement on his pitches. He was recently just dealt to the New York Mets, a few weeks ago. He was the No. 26th ranked prospect on the Mets before getting dealt to Boston.