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Catching Up with Former Flame Ryan Cordell

August 27, 2014
|  Lynchburg, Va.
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Ryan Cordell with the Hickory Crawdads, earlier this summer.

This past weekend, former Liberty Flames outfielder Ryan Cordell returned to Lynchburg as a member of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, the Advanced Single A Carolina League affiliate of the Texas Rangers. Liberty Flames Sports Network's Nick Pierce caught up with Cordell at Lynchburg City Stadium with his new team, Monday evening.

Cordell, who started the year with the the Single A Hickory Crawdads, was recently promoted to the Pelicans. The outfielder was a standout for the Flames from 2011-13, before being selected in the 2013 Major League Draft by the Rangers.

The Orangeville, Calif., native was ranked as one of the top draft prospects in the Big South Conference by Baseball America in 2013 after starting every game in the outfield for the Flames during their Big South championship season and NCAA Regional finals run.

Cordell hit .273 over his three seasons with the Flames. He scored 86 runs and had 71 RBIs.  He stole 38 bases, including a team-leading 28 in 2013.  The total was second in the Big South that season.

With Hickory, Cordell hit .321, scoring 53 runs and driving in 40 over 73 games. He was the team's leader in batting average, on base percentage (.388), OPS (.891) and stolen bases (18).