Recently, Nick Pierce of the Liberty Flames Sports Network had a chance to catch up with former Flames standout outfield Ryan Cordell who was drafted following the 2013 season.
Cordell is currently playing for the Hickory Crawdads in Hickory, N.C., the Single A affiliate of the Texas Rangers. The Crawdads are currently in third place in the South Atlantic League Northern Division with a 55-36 record and trail the Greensboro Grasshoppers for the division lead by three games.
Cordell is leading the Crawdads with a .347 batting average and ranks second overall in South Atlantic League at the plate. He also has eight home runs, 34 RBIs, 13 doubles, four triples, a .569 slugging percentage and 49 runs scored in 54 games played.
Cordell was selected in the 11th round of the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft by the Texas Rangers (304th overall pick). Cordell's pick in the MLB Draft, along with three other teammates, gave Liberty 53 players selected in the MLB Draft during the 40-year history of its program and continued Liberty's run of at least one draft selection since 2000.
Cordell 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.
Playing center field for the Flames, Cordell hit .261 with 40 RBIs and 42 runs scored in 2013. 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 during his final season with the program. 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 for third in the conference with 19 two-out RBIs.
Thoughts on Ryan Cordell from Hickory Crawdads' manager Corey Ragsdale and infielder Travis Adair
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