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Viva la Franch.

The Situation: Manuel Margot hit the shelf with a strained calf, and the Padres will continue making good use of their catastrophic start to work another rookie into big-league experience by unleashing Franchy on the expansive Petco center field landscape. After starting to put it together with a strong performance across two levels last year, Cordero has continued to hit well at Triple-A El Paso, posting a .289/.349/.520 line across 42 games to start the season. That sound you hear in the distance is a giddy Jason Parks (#RIP) merrily frolicking along a hillside under a cool, come-hither sky. 

The Background: The Padres inked Cordero to a $175,000 deal in November of the 2011 international signing period when he was 17, and he tantalized with explosive quick-twitch athleticism and projectability in the DSL the following summer before heading stateside in 2013, where he showcased more of the same. Parks said he had Role 6 potential in Spring Training of 2014, though he noted at the time that Franchy’s home would probably need to migrate from the six spot he’d occupied up until that point. He remained there through a successful short-season debut, but moved to the outfield grass in time for full-season ball in 2015. The gap between his raw present and intriguing potential future skill was on display in the Midwest League in 2015, but despite struggling with the bat he impressed the brass enough to warrant promotion to the Cal League in 2016, where he started to pick things up production-wise. He hasn’t really stopped hitting over the past calendar year, traversing three levels in the process to arrive at the doorstep of the majors.

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April 21, 2016 6:00 am

Notes from the Field: April 21, 2016


BP Prospect Staff

Notes on Magneuris Sierra, Jake Bauers, Yusniel Diaz, Boog Powell, and more.

Magneuris Sierra, CF, St. Louis Cardinals (Low-A Peoria)
Sierra is small-framed with broad shoulders compared to his body. There is plenty of room for strength projection and a bit for growth. He hits from an even stance, with even balance and his hands at his ear. There is a small hitch, leading to some length in the swing but he compensates for that with average bat speed and a simple stride. The plane of the swing is mainly flat but he does feature some uppercut when he tries to pull the ball. Most of his hits came to the opposite side but he did show ability to pull the ball.

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The minor leaguers who made a major impression this spring.

LHP Julio Urias (Dodgers)
A 16-year-old pitching in the Midwest League can turn heads, and when that pitcher can pump a fastball in the 91-96 range in each start, backed up by multiple breaking ball looks and a quality changeup, the heads start spinning. I watched two spring starts from the now 17-year-old southpaw, and I came away knowing that this was the most polished young arm I have ever seen.

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Jonathan Schoop, Jake Odorizzi, and Domingo Santana are among the prospects who come off the board in picks 99-140.

It’s finally here—the end of the mock draft. If you want to see how the previous seven rounds went, check out the links below (the settings/setup are in the first installment):

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