This past Saturday, former Liberty outfielder Ryan Cordell made his professional debut, starting in right field for the Spokane Indians of the Northwest League (Short-Season Class A).
On June 8, the Texas Rangers selected Cordell in the 11th round of the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft. The outfielder was a key member of the 2013 Big South Champion Flames. Not only did Liberty win its first conference title since 2000, but reached the first NCAA Regional final in school history.
Cordell, who just completed his junior season with the Flames, was ranked as one of the top draft prospects in the Big South Conference by Baseball America in 2013. The outfielder started every game this past season for the Flames. Playing center field, Cordell hit .261 with 40 RBIs and 42 runs scored. He posted 12 doubles, six home runs and was second among the Flames with 102 total bases.
Cordell finished second in the Big South Conference and led Liberty with 28 stolen bases. Not only was the Orangevale, Calif., native among the conference leaders in steals, but in several other statistical categories. Cordell ranked seventh in RBIs and home runs, ninth in total bases and tied for third in the conference with 19 two-out RBIs. The outfielder was tabbed the Big South Player of the Week for games played Feb. 17-19.
The Flames Sports Network's Nick Pierce caught up with the outfielder last week on his way to Spokane to start his professional career.
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