Former Liberty Flames outfielder Ryan Cordell will open the 2019 Major League Baseball season with the Chicago White Sox, this afternoon.
The White Sox will face the Kansas City Royals at Kaufmann Stadium in Kansas City, as the MLB season gets underway.
Cordell made his major league debut in a 4-2 win over the Detroit Tigers, in Chicago, last September. With the score tied 2-2 in the ninth inning of the Sept. 3 victory, the former Flame entered the contest as a pinch runner for catcher Wellington Castillo and then scored, when first baseman Matt Davidson belted a home run for a 4-2 walk-off victory.
Cordell saw action in 19 games with the White Sox last season, making his first major league start in right field against Detroit on Sept. 4. His first major league hit was a solo home run in an 8-6 win at Baltimore on Sept. 14.
The outfielder is the sixth Liberty Flame to reach the majors. A member of the Flames' roster from 2011-13, Cordell hit .273 with 71 RBI, 42 runs scored and 12 home runs. The outfielder, who was ranked as one top draft prospects in the Big South Conference by Baseball America in 2013, was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 11th round of that year's MLB Draft.
As a junior in 2013, Cordell started every Liberty game in center field. The outfielder hit .261 with 40 RBI and 42 runs scored, as the Flames went on to capture the Big South title and earn a NCAA Regional berth. He finished second in the conference with 28 stolen bases, seventh in RBI and third with 19 two-out RBI.
After three years in the Texas organization, Cordell was traded to Milwaukee in 2016. The following year, he was acquired by the White Sox organization and was playing with Chicago's AAA affiliate Charlotte before being called up to the team's main roster, last September.
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