Giants reliever Erik Cordier makes blazing MLB debut

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.

In an otherwise lackluster 9-2 loss in Colorado, new Giants reliever Cordier turned heads by lighting up the radar run. For example, look at this tweet alone:

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:

1. Aroldis Chapman, 331 (his exploits have already been covered here)
2. Kelvin Herrera, 46
3. Yordano Ventura, 34
4. Carlos Martinez, 18

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.

CBS Sports Writer

Matt Snyder has been a baseball writer with CBS Sports since 2011. A member of the BBWAA, he's now covered the last five World Series beginning with the epic 2011 Fall Classic. The former Indiana University... Full Bio

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