The Padres are hoping that Cordero's injury troubles are behind him following successful stints in the Dominican Winter League and spring training, Bill Center of FriarWire reports. For all of Cordero's natural skills, his development as a big leaguer has been stalled by a series of injuries that have limited him to a combined 71 games in the minors and majors over the past two seasons. However, the 25-year-old made a strong impression with Escogido of the Dominican Winter League, slashing .364/.462/.576 with a 1.037 OPS. His strong play continued this spring when Cordero hit .250/.350/.438 with a home run, a stolen base and three walks over 20 plate appearances in Cactus League action. Cordero is expected to make the Padres' Opening Day roster and could emerge as a sleeper if he is able to finally stay healthy.
Cordero "appears to be a lock" to win an Opening Day roster spot as the Padres' fourth outfielder whenever baseball resumes, Kevin Acee of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Cordero's two shortcomings in the past have been health and plate discipline, but he made it through winter ball and spring training without injuries, and Acee cited Cordero's patience at the plate this spring. He hit .250/.350/.438 in 20 plate appearances in spring training.
Cordero (quadriceps) made his debut in the Dominican Winter League on Tuesday, going 2-for-5 with two runs scored while playing for Leones del Escogido, Bill Center of MLB.com reports. The report confirms that Cordero is healthy again after his 2019 campaign came to an end Aug. 31, when he wasn't activated from the 60-day injured list while rehabbing at High-A Lake Elsinore. Multiple injuries have limited Cordero to just 270 total plate appearances in affiliated ball over the past two seasons, so a stint in the DWL will help him pick up some much-needed game action to make up for the time he lost. After he remained on the Padres' roster following Monday's non-tender deadline, Cordero should get the chance to compete for an outfield job with the big club in spring training.
Cordero's quadriceps injury hasn't healed as quickly as the Padres had hoped, and he's unlikely to return this season, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports. Cordero's tools made him a hyped sleeper during the 2018 draft season, but injuries have limited him to just 49 games over the last two years. An elbow injury followed by a quadriceps injury have kept him out since early April this season. The talent is still there, but he'll be a deep sleeper at best this winter.
Cordero (quadriceps) has just two hits while whiffing six times in 13 at-bats since restarting a minor-league rehab assignment. Cordero has played sporadically since returning to the field Aug. 24, taking part in four games in an eight-day span. He had a big triple to plate three runs in his first appearance with High-A Lake Elsinore on Friday but struck out three times in four at-bats the following day. With the Storm advancing to the California League playoffs Cordero will have additional opportunities to work on his swing, though the Padres may need to explore alternative rehab options in order to get him up to speed in time for an anticipated mid-September return to the big club. The 24-year-old has played in only nine major-league games this season as a result of injuries to his elbow and quad.