Name: Albert Cordero
DOB: January 14, 1990
Batting and Power: Cordero still has plenty of room before reaching his offensively ceiling, but if the second half of 2011 taught us anything about the 22-year-old catcher, it is that his bat is on the way. His swing features an elevated leg kick used as a timing mechanism, before he whips his fast hands through the zone. He looks more of a contact/line drive hitter. However, his added muscle helped him develop more projectable home run power in 2011. He likely won't be a true home run threat at the highest level, but his ability to adjust behind the count and ball-striking ability project him as a strong average hitter especially for his position.
Base Running and Speed: Being a catcher, Cordero does not have much speed to speak off. Developing smart base running will help mitigate his lack of burst. For now, he is a station-to-station runner.
Defense: What makes Cordero such an intriguing prospect to this point is that he balances a quality offensive game with a mature defensive skill set. His boasts an above-average throwing arm, made even better by a lightning quick release and accuracy. He has strong technique, getting out of his crouch very quickly and is able to put the throw on the bag at a high percentage. He still needs some work in his blocking positioning, his game-calling and game management, but he has made impressive strides so far.
Projection: Cordero isn't a physically imposing catcher. At 5-foot-11 and roughly 185 pounds, Cordero boasts average size though it's safe to expect he'll add a little more size in the future. More important are the midseason adjustments he made last year which caught the eye of the organization and scouts alike. He is still a bit raw, but there is no doubting that he is the best catching prospect in the organization, and with few challengers ahead of him, Cordero should play his way onto the big league roster. He will have the chance to prove his value once he gets there.
ETA: 2014. That's when he will arrive. After spending all of last season in Savannah, Cordero will be off to St. Lucie to begin the upcoming season, with a chance to see time in Binghamton. While flux behind the plate at the big league level could entice the Mets to rush Cordero, there is little need to. Cordero would be better off spending two more years on the farm, improving his bat and his glove equally before he debuts as a backup.
Scouting Mets Prospect #26: Albert Cordero
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