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Former Liberty Outfielder Cordell Makes MLB Debut

September 3, 2018  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Former Flame Ryan Cordell made his MLB debut with the White Sox, today.

Former Flame Ryan Cordell made his MLB debut with the White Sox, today.

Former Liberty Flames outfielder Ryan Cordell made his major league debut with the Chicago White Sox in a 4-2 win over the Detroit Tigers, this afternoon in Chicago.

Cordell, who was recalled to the White Sox roster earlier in the day, made his debut in the bottom of the ninth inning. With the score tied 2-2, Cordell entered the contest as a pinch runner for catcher Wellington Castillo who had singled. Cordell then scored when first baseman Matt Davidson followed with a home run for a 4-2 walk-off victory.

Cordell becomes the sixth Liberty Flame to reach the majors and the first since Ian Parmley started in right field for the Toronto Blue Jays on June 23, 2017. Cordell joins former Flames Parmley (2017), Doug Brady (1995), Randy Tomlin (1986-88), Sid Bream (1979-81) and Lee Guetterman (1978-81) in reaching the majors.

Cordell was a member of the Flames' roster from 2011-13. In his three seasons at Liberty, 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 today.