Originally written November 21, 2012 on Pirates Prospects:
ERIK CORDIER RIGHT HANDED PITCHER Born: February 25, 1986 Height: 6’4″ Weight: 230 Bats: Right Throws: Right Drafted: 2nd round, 63rd overall, 2004 (Royals) How Acquired: Minor League Free Agent High School: Southern Door HS, Brussels, WI Agent: Rob Martin, Icon Sports Management WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES Cordier was considered to have three potential plus pitches when the Royals drafted him:  a 90-92 mph fastball, and a potentially good curve and change.  By 2006 he was sitting at 92-95 and topping out at 98.  The early stages of his career were plagued by injuries that caused him to miss two full seasons and parts of two others in his first four years.  Still, Baseball America consistently placed him on top prospect lists.  He ranked between 15th and 23rd for either the Royals or Braves every year from 2004 to 2007, then 13th and 26th for the Braves in 2010 and 2011.  Cordier finally seemed to get healthy and make real progress in 2010, but he continued to ...
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