Jimmy Cordero

Age 28
  • Born 10/19/1991
  • Bats R
  • Team: Chicago White Sox
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17.6% Thrown 88.5 MPH 40 CSW%
7.2% Thrown 83.5 MPH 25.6 CSW%
68.2% Thrown 97.4 MPH 28.2 CSW%
7.0% Thrown 91.0 MPH 26.3 CSW%

Over the course of just 95 pitches in 2019, Cordero’s changeup reached the Money Pitch requirements with aplomb: The change sported a stellar 30.5% swinging-strike rate, a 49.5% zone rate, and spectacular 50% chase rate. If the White Sox give Cordero an extended look in the bullpen, he’d do well to keep on trusting his changeup.

GIF made by Rich Holman. Blurb written by Erik van Rheenen

After recording a 42.9% punchout rate on his curveball in limited 2018 action, Cordero’s curve sank to a 12.5% strikeout rate last season, as his walk rate crept into double digits (up from 7.1% a season prior) to match it. A drop in swinging-strike rate (17.9% in 2018, 7.7% in 2019) helps explain why Cordero’s curveball missed fewer bats for punchouts.

GIF made by Rich Holman. Blurb written by Erik van Rheenen

Cordero comes from a proud tradition of bullpen arms who throw the ball hard: His heater sits a tick above 97 mph on the radar gun, ranking in Statcast’s upper echelon (95th percentile) of fastball velocity. A 20th-percentile spin rate on his four-seamer leaves a little more to be desired.

GIF made by Rich Holman. Blurb written by Erik van Rheenen

Cordero doesn’t throw his slider often (only registering 7% usage in his arsenal), but when he does, it gets hit hard, ceding an average 93.4 mph exit velocity. Opposing batters tagged Cordero’s slider for a herculean 1.143 SLG and .554 wOBA in 2019.

GIF made by Rich Holman. Blurb written by Erik van Rheenen
41.3% Thrown 97.8 MPH
28.9% Thrown 85.0 MPH
21.7% Thrown 96.7 MPH
8.1% Thrown 90.2 MPH

Despite being Cordero’s primary pitch, it was certainly not his best one in 2018. Registering a total of -4.5 pVal, it was whacked around for a .400 AVG and a 26.6 HR/FB%. It just doesn’t generate nearly enough whiffs (5.3 SwStr%) to be successful.

Essentially a neutral pitch in 2018 (-0.4 pVal) in a very limited sample, there were some signs that this pitch could be effective with more use. In 2018, it produced an elite 22.6 K% with a 45.2 Zone%. Despite giving up a .273 AVG, it had a .000 ISO and a mere 80 wRC+.

Pretty much a neutral pitch (0.5 pVal) in 2018, Cordero’s sinker did its main job, drawing ground-ball outs (68 GB%, 0.0 HR/FB%). It didn’t strike a lot of batters out (3.7 K%), but was still effective, limiting hitters to a .250 AVG, 000 ISO, and 78 wRC+.

Only thrown 29 times in 2018, Cordero’s changup shows a lot of potential with a 20.7 SwStr% and a 33.3 K%. It needs to find the zone more often, as it only garnered a 31.0 Zone%

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