- Personal Information:
- Full Name: Franchy Cordero Vargas
- Nickname: Cordy
- Date of Birth: September 2, 1994
- Age: 29 years
- Birthplace: Azua, Dominican Republic
- Father: Frank Cordero (Automotive electrician)
- Mother: Nidia Miguelina Vargas
- Relationship Status: Single
- Career Information:
- Former Team: New York Yankees
- Positions: Outfielder, First Baseman
- Jersey Number: #33 (with the Yankees)
- Debut: May 27, 2017
- Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 2018 season
- Contract Status: Free agent as of last update
- Service Time: 4.110 (as of January 2023)
- Arbitration Eligible: 2024
- Free Agent: 2025
- Agents: Republik Sports (previously Wasserman)
- Physical Details:
- Height: 1.91 m (6 feet 3 inches)
- Weight: 102 kg (225 pounds)
- Bats: Left
- Throws: Right
- Financial & Contractual Details:
- Most Recent Contract: 1 year, $1 million (signed March 29, 2023, with the New York Yankees)
- Other Details:
- Social Media Handles:
- Twitter: @Franchycordero
- Social Media Handles:
Franchy Cordero Stats
- Team: Last played for New York Yankees
- Position: Right Fielder
Career Batting Stats
- Games Played (GP): 251
- At Bats (AB): 722
- Runs (R): 100
- Hits (H): 157
- Doubles (2B): 37
- Triples (3B): 5
- Home Runs (HR): 27
- Runs Batted In (RBI): 87
- Walks (BB): 66
- Hit by Pitch (HBP): 1
- Strikeouts (SO): 278
- Stolen Bases (SB): 13
- Caught Stealing (CS): 5
- Batting Average (AVG): .217
- On Base Percentage (OBP): .283
- Slugging Percentage (SLG): .395
- On-base Plus Slugging (OPS): .678
- Wins Above Replacement (WAR): Data not provided
Expanded Batting Stats
- Plate Appearances (PA): 797
- Total Bases (TB): 285
- Extra Base Hits (XBH): 69
- Isolated Power (ISOP): .177
- Secondary Average (SECA): .280
- At Bats Per Home Run (AB/HR): 26.7
Career Fielding Stats
- Positions Played: 1B, LF, CF, RF
- Games Played (GP): 247 (Fielding)
- Fielding Percentage (FPCT): .980 (1B), .955 (LF), .951 (CF), .976 (RF)
- Range Factor/Game (RF/G): 8.35 (1B), 1.69 (LF), 1.97 (CF), 2.08 (RF)
- Double Plays Turned (DP): 42
- Defensive Wins Above Replacement (DWAR): Data not provided
Franchy Cordero has shown some power with 27 home runs and a .395 slugging percentage. However, his batting average and on-base percentage indicate room for improvement in his hitting consistency. Defensively, Cordero has demonstrated versatility, playing across the outfield and at first base, with a solid fielding percentage in each position.
Franchy Cordero 2024 Profile
Franchy Cordero — the 6 foot 3, 225 pound free agent outfielder and first baseman — is currently one of the top free agents expecting to sign during this current 2024 offseason. Over his 7 season MLB and minor league career, Cordero has earned himself a reputation of having elite speed, being a triple-hitting machine, and having elite power compared to his peers. While Cordero has struggled with consistency across his MLB career, nobody can deny that Cordero is one of the most exciting players in all of baseball when he’s performing to his potential. And considering how long Cordero has been around professional baseball, it might come as a surprise to many that he’s still just 29 years old — and appears to have many years of solid production ahead of him. At least, that’s what the teams keen to sign him are epecting.
In this article, we’ll discuss Franchy Cordero’s general information, his background before making it to the MLB, how his career has cared so far, and what (and where) we can expect to see from Cordero during the 2024 MLB season.
Franchy Cordero General Information
Franchy Cordero Vargas was born on September 2, 1994, in Azua, Dominican Republic. His parents are Frank Cordero and Nidia Miguelina Vargas. Frank, Franchy’s father, was an automotive electrician in the Dominican Republic. Franchy Cordero is currently single.
At the time of this writing, Franchy Cordero is currently a free agent, and therefore doesn’t have a contract. His last contract came on March 29, 2023, when he signed a one year, $1 million contract with the New York Yankees — which has since been outrighted by the Yankees.
Franchy Cordero wore jersey number 33 when he was with the Yankees, bats left-handed, and throws right-handed.
Franchy Cordero Background
After spending his childhood playing baseball in the Dominican Republic, Franchy Cordero signed with the San Diego Padres as an international free agent in 2011, when he was 17 years old. He then made his professional debut in 2012 with the Dominican Summer League Padres, batting .270 with 1 home run and 38 RBIs in 61 games.
Cordero then came to the United States in 2013, and played for the Arizona League Padres — hitting .333 with 3 home runs and 17 RBIs in 35 games. In 2014, Cordero played with 2 different teams within the Padres minor league system, and batted .255 with 9 home runs and 44 RBIs over 83 total games.
Cordero continued his minor league tenure in 2015, and produced a .243 batting average with 5 home runs and 34 RBIs in 126 games.
2016 was a season of ascension for Cordero. He was promoted to the Padres’ Single-A team before the 2016 season began, was promoted to the Padres Double-A affiliate in July, then finished the season with San Diego’s Triple-A. Across the 3 teams in that 2016 season, Cordero batted .290 with 11 home runs and 54 RBIs.
Cordero began 2017 with the same Triple-A team he finished the 2016 season with, then was promoted to the Major Leagues on May 27, 2017.
Cordero’s MLB Career So Far
Franchy Cordero made his MLB debut on the same day he was promoted to the Padres, but struck out in his only at bat. After that, Cordero produced 19 hits in his first 17 games with San Diego, but only recorded 1 hit in his final 10 games before being sent down to Triple-A again, where he finished the season. In the 30 total games Cordero played for the Padres in that 2017 season, he batted. 228 with 3 home runs and 9 RBIs.
Cordero was supposed to begin the 2018 season as the Padres’ starting left fielder, but injured his groin prior to the season. Shortly after returning, Cordero was sent to the MLB Disabled List again, due to forearm soreness — which ultimately led to Cordero needing surgery that would cost him the remainder of the 2018 season. In 36 starts for the Padres that season, Cordero hit .237 with 7 home runs — one of which was the second-longest home run in MLB in 2018, at 489 feet.
Cordero also dealt with injuries during much of the 2019 season, and spent time with the Padres’ Triple-A affiliated team once again. In just 9 games played and 20 plate appearances with the Padres in 2019, Cordero hit .333 with no home runs.
On July 16, 2020, the Padres traded Cordero to the Kansas City Royals. Less than one month after being traded, Cordero suffered a wrist injury, which would cost him the rest of his 2020 season. Overall with the Kansas City Royals in 2020, Cordero batted .211 with 2 home runs and 7 RBIs in 16 games.
On February 10, 2021, Cordero was traded to the Boston Red Sox. After batting just .179 over 34 games with Boston to start the 2021 season, Cordero was demoted to the Red Sox’s Triple-A affiliated team — then was called back up to Boston after hitting .329 in 44 games there. After that, Cordero’s time fluctuated between Boston and their Triple-A team. Overall during the regular season, Cordero appeared in 48 games for Boston, batting .189. Once the season ended, Cordero was assigned outright to Boston’s Triple-A team.
Cordero started the 2022 season with Boston’s Triple-A team, was promoted to the Red Sox on April 29, was sent back to Triple-A on August 2, was promoted to Boston again on August 21, and remained with the Red Sox from that point on. That is, until September 7, when Cordero was placed on the 60-day injured list due to a right ankle sprain sustained in a game two days prior. This injury would cost Cordero the remainder of his 2021 season. For the year, he appeared in 84 games for Boston and batted .219 with 8 home runs and 29 RBIs.
Cordero signed with the Baltimore Orioles prior to the 2023 season, but was released by the team before the season began. He then signed with the New York Yankees, and played 24 games for them in 2023; hitting.188 with 6 home runs and 13 RBI. Cordero became a free agent once the 2023 season ended.
Franchy Cordero 2024 Season Forecast
The consistency issues Franchy Cordero has faced throughout his MLB career can largely be blamed on him often being hurt, as Cordero is constantly injured, and for that reason, can’t seem to find his groove. While this might be a red flag for potential teams considering signing him during this 2023 MLB offseason, Franchy’s potential when healthy will guarantee that he finds some team willing to take a risk on him. Whether that risk will pay off remains to be seen — but if Franchy Cordero can keep healthy for the entire 2024 season, he could be poised for a breakout year.
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