Prospect Report: Julio Cordido

Cordido started his minor league career in 1997 at the young age of 17. He made it to the Shreveport Captains in 2001, but after hitting just .217 there, was demoted to Class A one again. His career batting average is .256 and he has stolen 73 bases.

Name: Julio Cordido
Birthdate: 7/30/1980
Birth Place: Caracas, Venezuela
Height: 6-1
Weight: 192
Bats: Right
Throws: Right

In 2004, Cordido was called up to Norwich for a month but was sent back down to San Jose. However, in his current season he has shown more success than ever before. So far, he has his first batting average above since his 1997 season. He showed to be more able in Class AA than in 2001. He was sent down to San Jose on July 14 to make room on the Norwich roster for future ace Merkin Valdez.

Stats

YEAR
TEAM
AVG
G
AB
R
H
2B
3B
HR
RBI
SB
CS
BB
SO
HBP
SH
SF
GDP
SLG
1997
Maracay 1 (VSL)
.321
12
28
4
9
1
0
2
5
0
 
1
3
 
 
 
 
.571
1998
Guacara 1 (VSL)
.261
50
180
44
47
16
1
7
33
12
 
1
3
 
 
 
 
.478
1999
Salem-Keizer (NWL)
.264
70
242
36
64
10
2
1
28
8
 
29
44
 
 
 
 
.335
2000
Bakersfield (CAL-A)
.252
130
460
70
116
17
3
10
64
13
 
46
99
 
 
 
 
.367
2001
Shreveport (Tex-AA)
.217
121
433
45
94
14
2
1
47
11
 
31
68
 
 
 
 
.266
2002
Hagerstown Suns (SAL-A)
.260
55
196
24
51
7
1
4
18
6
3
18
30
1
5
0
6
.367
2002
San Jose Giants (CAL-A)
.239
61
226
32
54
6
0
3
23
3
1
17
31
1
5
1
4
.305
2003
San Jose Giants (CAL-A)
.265
122
464
49
123
20
7
3
43
6
5
20
75
5
5
6
9
.358
2004
San Jose Giants (CAL-A)
.304
68
280
42
85
19
4
3
38
10
5
16
33
 
 
 
 
.432
2004
Norwich (East-AA)
.239
25
92
13
22
4
1
2
9
4
0
5
13
1
0
1
0
.370

Concerns:

Is this season a fluke or a definite improvement? This is the first time that Cordido has hit above .300 and had a slugging percentage about .400 in a full season. Since 2002, it looks that he has improved quite a bit. His 2003 showing on the San Jose Giants was a step above his 2002 numbers, and this season is an improvement as well. The numbers are not wacky enough to be completely unrealistic. Looking at the gradual improvements he has displayed over the last three season shows that this is a genuine improvement and he could get better. It is not merely settling in to San Jose, because his class AA numbers improved as well. His patience is still a concern. He has only walked 16 times in his first 280 at-bats. However, he has cut down on his strikeouts, and 33 strike-outs over 280 at-bats is not very bad, especially considering that he struck a lot more in the past.

He suffers from a lack of power. His highest home run total was 10 in a full season at Bakersfield in 2000. He has shown a decent ability to hit doubles and triples, especially this season. He has 23 doubles and four triples so far this season in San Jose and Norwich combined.

He needs to develop some more patience if he wants to get much further. He doesn't have much power and he lacks the ability to consistently hit for a high average. Usually his minor league averages were around .240-.260 until this season.

Future:

He should end up at Norwich next year, and he will probably spend two or even three years there, with several call-ups to the Grizzlies. He will never get a major league starting job, but he might be a utility infielder for five to ten years. Cordido will not be in a race for any starting positions, but will make a major league club by the 2008 season.

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