Gulf Coast League Cardinals – SS Allen Cordoba
Enter another player that I am unfamiliar with. Cordoba was named the Gulf Coast League MVP last week. This makes the second straight year in which a Cardinals’ minor league player has won the GCL MVP award.
Cordoba, like Edmundo Sosa is from Panama. This is an area that the Cardinals are starting to tap in to and it is working. Like Sosa, Cordoba had a strong season hitting .342/.401/.421 good for a .832 OPS and a 149 wRC+. These are great numbers for a SS, which is good to see. The Cardinals are really hitting hard on the international market with SS given the team’s struggle with the position before Jhonny Peralta‘s signing last season.
Cordoba like Sosa will be a player to watch next season. Given that this was just his first season state side and the struggles Magneuris Sierra had in Peoria this season, I don’t expect the team to push Cordoba beyond Johnson City to start the year off next year. Especially with Sosa ahead of him in terms of organizational depth.