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His name is Erik Cordier and you’ve probably never heard of him. Nearing his tenth season in baseball, the 29-year-old Cordier made just his first appearance last year with San Francisco.
Now, with David Phelps‘ recent placement on the DL, the Marlins have called him up to help out in the bullpen. Last season, he pitched six innings, giving up one earned run and striking out nine. This year in the minors, Cordier posted a 1.26 ERA in 38 appearances.
So what makes him special?
Those ten years in the minors. When finding stats on the 6’4 righty, I came across this filled screen of places he’s been:
That’s quite a lot of innings for a call-up. After all, he was a second round pick in the 2004 MLB Draft by the Royals, so Cordier probably expected to be in the bigs, just not this late in his career.
He didn’t make his Marlins debut last night, but expect him to get some bullpen action in the future, like promoted players such as Kyle Barraclough has received so far.
From Around the Web:
Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton takes step in rehab — Joe Frisaro, MLB.com
MILWAUKEE — Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton began hitting off a pitching machine and against live pitching on Monday, manager Dan Jennings said. Stanton has been on the disabled list since June 27 with a fracture of the hamate bone in his left hand.
“He’s in a hitting progression,” Jennings said of Stanton before Monday’s game with the Brewers. “He’ll start to hit off the machine and live batting practice. Then he’ll progress into probably a simulation game and one or two rehab games. Time for that is to be determined.” (Read More Here)
Marlins beat Brewers 6-2 — Local10.com
Nicolino (2-1) scattered six hits and allowed just two runs in his fourth major league start. He retired the first two batters of the seventh inning before allowing a two-out double and was replaced after throwing 95 pitches. (Read More Here)
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