Originally written on Pirates Prospects  |  Last updated 11/21/12
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 suffer from injuries in 2011-12.  When he’s been able to pitch, he’s continued throwing in the mid-90s.  He seems to be more or less equally ineffective against left-handed and right-handed batters.  He became a free agent after the Braves removed him from their 40-man roster and the Pirates signed him to a minor league deal. 2004 R:  2-4-0, 5.19 ERA, 1.70 WHIP, 34.2 IP, 5.5 BB/9, 5.7 K/9 In what was to become a career-long pattern, Cordier struggled with his control while making 11 starts in rookie ball. 2005 Did not play Following knee surgery in September 2004, Cordier missed the entire 2005 season. 2006 R+:  1-0-0, 3.38 ERA, 0.88 WHIP, 16.0 IP, 1.7 BB/9, 10.7 K/9 A:  3-1-0, 2.70 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, 36.2 IP, 3.4 BB/9, 5.6 K/9 Cordier returned in June and showed considerable improvement over the next two months.  He had to be shut down due to elbow problems, though, and had Tommy John surgery after the season. 2007 Did not play The Royals traded Cordier to Atlanta at the beginning of the season.  The Braves acquired him knowing he would be out all year due to the elbow surgery. 2008 R:  0-0-0, 0.00 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 5.0 IP, 1.8 BB/9, 9.0 K/9 A:  1-2-0, 5.18 ERA, 1.80 WHIP, 40.0 IP, 4.7 BB/9, 7.0 K/9 Cordier saw only limited action in his recovery year. 2009 A+:  7-8-0, 3.87 ERA, 1.56 WHIP, 121.0 IP, 5.5 BB/9, 6.5 K/9 Cordier spent the season in the rotation in high A and struggled with his control.  For a pitcher with good stuff, he didn’t strike out many, either. 2010 AA:  11-7-0, 3.71 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, 135.2 IP, 4.6 BB/9, 7.5 K/9 AAA:  1-1-0, 5.62 ERA, 1.75 WHIP, 8.0 IP, 7.9 BB/9, 4.5 K/9 In AA, Cordier made considerable progress despite continued weak control.  His fastball sat at 94-97 and his slider showed potential.  He held opponents to a .236 average.  The Braves added him to their 40-man roster after the season. 2011 AA:  0-1-0, 5.40 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 5.0 IP, 0.0 BB/9, 7.2 K/9 AAA:  5-8-0, 5.13 ERA, 1.62 WHIP, 86.0 IP, 5.3 BB/9, 6.4 K/9 Cordier had bone spur surgery on his elbow that cost him the early part of the season, and also got hit with a couple line drives late in the season.  When he was able to pitch he struggled in AAA, walking nearly as many as he fanned. 2012 R:  0-0-0, 0.00 ERA, 1.64 WHIP, 3.2 IP, 14.7 BB/9, 14.7 K/9 AA:  0-2-0, 20.25 ERA, 3.25 WHIP, 4.0 IP, 11.2 BB/9, 13.5 K/9 AAA:  1-1-0, 4.38 ERA, 1.95 WHIP, 24.2 IP, 7.7 BB/9, 5.5 K/9 Cordier missed most of the season with a hand injury and struggled when he pitched.  The Braves removed him from their 40-man roster after the season. The Pirates may want to try Cordier in the bullpen.  He hasn’t pitched in relief much so far in his career, but the frequent injuries don’t bode well for him getting straightened out as a starter.  He should be at Indianapolis in 2013. STATS Baseball Reference–Minors Fangraphs MiLB.com CONTRACT INFORMATION 2013: Minor league contract PLAYER INFORMATION Signing Bonus: $575,000 MiLB Debut: 2004 MLB Debut: N/A MiLB FA Eligible: 2013 MLB FA Eligible: N/A Rule 5 Eligible: Eligible Added to 40-Man: N/A Options Remaining: 1 (USED:  2011, 2012) MLB Service Time: 0.000 TRANSACTIONS June 7, 2004: Drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 2nd round, 63rd overall pick; signed on June 30. March 23, 2007: Traded by the Kansas City Royals to the Atlanta Braves for Tony Pena, Jr. November 5, 2010: Contract purchased by the Atlanta Braves. October 31, 2012: Outrighted to AAA by the Atlanta Braves. November 3, 2012: Became a free agent. November 21, 2012: Signed as a minor league free agent by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
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