Giants reliever Erik Cordier makes blazing MLB debut
After 10 years in the minors, Erik Cordier finally made his MLB debut Wednesday, and he did so by throwing triple-digit fastballs over and over.
Through 10 years, 240 appearances, four different franchises and 10 stops in all, Erik Cordier had seen plenty of Minor League Baseball during his professional career. He had never seen Major League Baseball until Wednesday, though, and he made a solid impression.
Cordier fastballs in first MLB inning: 100, 100, 101, 101, 100, 100, 99, 100, 101, 100, 100, 100, 98, 101, 101, 99, 99, 100, 98, 101, 101.— Alex Pavlovic (@AlexPavlovic) September 3, 2014
Here's Cordier's first MLB strikeout:
No need for the radar gun to tell us that is some serious smoke, as there was visible giddyup on that heater.
"That's probably the most adrenaline I've ever felt. Pretty intense, to say the least," Cordier told sfgiants.com.
Cordier, in just one inning, has already thrown 16 pitches of at least 100 miles per hour. Heading into Wednesday, here's a list of the only players with more such pitches this entire season in the majors, thanks to the excellent baseballsavant.com's sorting ability:
That's it. No one else has more than seven (Ken Giles, the woefully underrated Phillies' setup man, has seven), so Cordier is already in fifth place on this leaderboard.
That's one hell of a debut. Good for him.