Lying on a couch, talking to my shrink, “I put on a Franchy Cordero jersey, squeeze a combination of ketchup and mayo all over myself and walk around screaming, ‘I’m Franch’s dressing!'”

Shrink, “And, do you enjoy that?”

“It’s okay, but without relish.”

“Because you’re thinking of Thousand Island.”

And…scene!

Outside of major superstars, like the best of the best, the top of the echelon, the cream after it rises, there’s not too many players with 70 grade power and speed. Franchy Cordero has it though. He has that muscle and speed. Just look at last year, he hit two homers and stole one bag in 38 at-bats with a -1.1 Launch Angle. El oh–*coughing fit* WUT. A negative Launch Angle? Did he swing backwards, hit two balls so hard off the catcher’s mask that they ricochetted out of the park? His Hard Hit% was 47.1%, which would’ve been third best in the majors if it qualified, and at 38 at-bats, it didn’t, but not far off in that stupid year. Speaking of stupid years, throw out last year for Franchy. He had an injury — had his hamate bone removed in early August — and didn’t do anything worth talking any more about. As I always say, forget the Yandyesque Launch Angle, but remember the Yandyesque muscles. So, what can we expect from Franchy Cordero for 2021 fantasy baseball and what makes him a sleeper?

Since last year was a fluke, let’s go further back. Good thing we have a Wayback Machine, because Franchy Cordero has been playing minor league baseball since 1908, approximately. More specifically, he started with the Padres in Rookie Ball in 2012. It took him until 2016 to get to Double-A. It’s not as bad as it sounds (it’s also not great), because he was so young when he was drafted, he was only 22 when he reached Double-A. Still, it’s not ideal. How’sever, he only needed one year in Double-A before he was in Triple-A and the majors, getting his first taste in 2017. And what a taste that was! Sorry, that exclamation is less excitement and more meh, but I’m trying to build excitement. In 2019, across the majors and Triple-A, he had three homers, one steal and a 36% strikeout rate. That’s one stinky cheese, Franchy! Don’t worry, I’m still a Francophile — wait your turn, Ty France and Maikel Franco! Okay, time for a positive note or three. In 2019, Franchy was hobbled by an elbow and quad injury and was never healthy. The year before, he went 7/5 in only 40 games or 139 ABs. In 2018, he averaged 439 feet on his homers (that’s very far — though small sample, obviously). In only 100 batted ball events (which is again small), Franchy’s exit velocity was 14th best in the majors. The top 15 only has two complete flukes — most of the names were guys like Aaron Judge and J.D. Martinez.

Franchy struggles with contact, but could easily have a .330 BABIP and hit .250, due to his speed. His Sprint Speed is in the 90th percentile, and is about as fast as Victor Robles and Jon Berti. Think 20+ SBs with a full-time job over a full season. Franchy Cordero doesn’t come without some issues, beyond his contact. One teeny-tiny issue being his splits are so awful he doesn’t even have at-bats vs. lefties in some years. Franchy’s splits are like, “Hey, did Franchy play that year because it’s showing zero at-bats vs. lefties? Ooh…I see. He played, just not against those that use the weird scissors.” But all of those things aside (except the good things), Franchy Cordero is currently being drafted around 450th overall. That late? You’re not finding anyone near his talent level with as good a chance as he has at getting at-bats. Will he incur some lefties when you have to bench him? Sure. Will he hit for power and steal some bags making him way more valuable than a 450th overall pick? You bet your Bip Roberts! For 2021, I’ll give Franchy Cordero projections of 54/19/66/.249/12 in 421 ABs with a chance for more.

 
  1. Dave D says:
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    Interesting write-up. I, too, though he was 32 now and I heard he was thinking of retiring and opening a new restaurant in the Temecula Valley called French Corduroy where he’d serve a seven-course tasting menu to the maskless who’s-who of power and influence. Alas, I digress…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Are the waiters dressed in corduroy? I can’t go there, corduroy freaks me out.

      • Dave D says:
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        I once was in a room with corduroy wall paper. I never returned.

        I can deal with the subtle kind, but the large grain, soft, velvety kind is BLAH!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I just shuddered reading your comment

          • Dave D says:
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            Haha, did you noticed I finally passed you in round 48 with a Ben-BOOM(!!!) for my rightful place as the biggest Halo-lover in the league?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha, battling for more Angels doesn’t feel like the avenue for championship glory but here we are

              • Dave D says:
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                Nah, but at least I took 4 of my 6 from round 43 onward and I think they will be mostly irrelevant but might provide some value if needed. I do like Detmers quite a bit. I watched a few videos of his last college games and I like him a lot. Have you seen him at all. He reminds me a lot of another “slow” lefty with a big curve ball (and pretty good control) taken with the 9th pick overall in 1999, and the next summer was already having a big impact.If you’ve watched him pitch you’ll probably see what I mean.

              • Dave D says:
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                Yeah, a voice in the back of my mind said something about that, but like you said a few days ago, this is the most uncertain offseason/preseason ever for identifying closers. I looked at the board of who I could have gotten there instead. Maybe will Smith would have been a better pick, unless they re-sign Melancon. Brad Hand instead of Hampson? Hindsight 20/20. As it is I have Holland, Hahn, B. Garcia, Cesar Valdez. Hopefully two of those guys get significant saves or I’m screwed in one cat. Also, if Angels are terrible once again, Iglesias could be dealt before 7/31 and I can get two months of SV’s from Mayers. I dunno. We’ll see.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, agreed, it’s by far not clear at all…Guys with little track record always scare me with saves, but it’s such an unpredictable category

        • Rebar says:
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          Did you hear about the corduroy pillows? They are making headlines!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Gross!

          • Dave D says:
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            Oh, geez. Don’t let Cram read that. He will start reciting Chazz Jizzholm sonatas.

  2. Hernan says:
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    Damn that draft went way too fast…., now we need another one!!!!, Go Burritos!!!!!

    • Dave D says:
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      How are you feeling about your draft now that it’s final. I noticed you ditched the second-hand closer stock-pile strategy. Chapman saved you a lot of work!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I know! I thought it went too fast too, kinda prefer 4 hour time limit, 2 hour limit late…It was like we were trying to jam it in and we have 4 months

      • Dave D says:
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        It appealed to my manic side!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hey, Dave, do you have only one 1B?

          • Dave D says:
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            No, Moose annd Mancini qualify there.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ah, Moose, I didn’t think of him, gotcha

              • Dave D says:
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                Yeah, and I expect Makiel and Toro to qualify eventually. They both did a few reps at 1B but not enough to qualify. Then again, if I really need to start them I’m probably screwed anyway.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, true

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like your team, btw, Hernan

      • Hernan says:
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        Thanks Grey, I guess it’s safe to say our strategy worked, get more multi position players earlier than ADPs, it happens a lot when you’re near the wheels, the need to reach for players you want, this early draft concept in my opinion , is another reason why Razzball is the Best Fantasy Baseball Site, easy, you get to explore the player pool, watch other great players unfold their strategies, plus on top of that you get a top industry mind to mix it up with us, specially this early…. with getting Chapman early , we thought all you need to be competitive in the category is about 50 saves…, 8/9 roto points…, we got other relievers late, to help with ks and ratios when unfavorable pitching matchups or injuries to starters

        • Grey

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          I think your strategy worked, I love multi position players in this format, and agree that you want a secure top RP then take a few jokers after…I actually almost took Aroldis before you did, then kicked myself I didn’t, thinking he might come back

          • Hernan says:
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            Lol, plus Bellinger falling to our lap helped a lot..

            • Right! The Burritos have a mighty fine club!

            • Grey

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              Yeah, that was highway robbery

  3. hot corner says:
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    Glad that we did the early DC’s before your sleeper posts. Love him as an OF5 flyer, as long as you have a plan in case it doesn’t work out. If he can hit .250, then he is the cheapest 20/20 player that you will find.

    • Dave D says:
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      It’ll be interesting to see how true that statement is if it’s reframed as a question: “who will be the cheapest 20/20 player this year?” Perhaps he’ll be it. Maybe you’ll be really fortunate and Drew Waters gets PT and breaks out…

      • hot corner says:
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        There are question marks with both of those guys, but the upside is great. Worst case, neither works out and I end up with Heyward’s 20/8/.260 at OF5. Not a league winner, but that plays in the DC format.

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          Yeah, good risks there indeed. Hard to find. I actually found my 49th round guy by accident. I was watching some highlights of the 2018 Futures All-Star game to see Hunter Greene pitch, and I saw this Basabe guy take him opposite field on a 102.3 mph fastball. It turns out he has more speed than power so maybe if I’m extremely lucky I could get a 15-25 guy in round 49. I’m not putting any money on that though. Just an interesting footnote on a late draft dart-throw.

    • Grey

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      Cheapest 20/20/.250 player you will find, but the splits are there, so you’re gonna lose runs/RBIs in a weekly league — hopefully most lefties are scheduled for his weekend games so you can play him for bulk

    • Awesome team top to bottom Dopper! Good luck

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        Haha. That was pretty much my nickname for my entire life.

        • Dave D says:
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          Turn those pp’s upside down and you have Dobber, which makes me think of the namesake his great Hockey. He’s right up there with His Grey-tness on the puck side of things for those of us inclined to frozen sports.

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    I hadn’t realised Franchey was no longer a Padre. He cud platoon with Taylor in KC. Is that a good thing?

    • Grey

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      Yeah, and Whit goes to 2B, Lopez to bench and Franchy has another OF spot to play — they have room for him

  5. Franchy is a bargain and should finally settle into reg PT.

    Very humbling early draft, total gang fight. Fur flying everywhere, sucker punched from all angles but felt like I kept my feet. Extra challenging with the group’s incredible depth of knowledge. After Mookie didn’t plan on Scherz, but will go to war with him. Look for a tight race with many clubs in the mix. Let’s play 162! Thank you brother man, you’re the shizz! Where’s the Donkey?

    • Grey

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      Yeah, it was fun! Maybe we’ll do some $10 drafts now…. I like your team too, Smitty! Good luck! Donkey’s on football during football season

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    My concerns with Franchy are the weak numbers against lefties, the high K rate (35%) and the low contact rate (61%) so far in his career. Sure that is only 284 at bats so far but those are Miguel Sano numbers. So he could be Sano with a little less power, more speed, and more sitting against lefties. A late round flyer at best.

    As an aside, was looking at some early ADP data and Bohm is going ahead of Goldschmidt (106 vs 107 ADP). That really surprised me.

  7. Will says:
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    Rasiel Iglesias just traded to the Angels. Finally some hot stove news! Reds bullpen looking mighty thin right now.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Finally, right? Geez

      • Will says:
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        No DH in the National League in 2021 is the other big news of today. Now we know why the Cubs non-tendered Kyle Schwarber.

        Per Ken Rosenthal in the Athletic in his column today

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          Grey says:
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          Nah, the MLB owners are using Ken for negotiation — Maybe no DH, but it’s not a done deal yet, they want extended playoffs

      • William Hung says:
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        No team offered anyone better than Noe Ramirez?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Baseball’s broken…not competing is too appealing

          • William Hung says:
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            I’m surprised none of the other contenders offered anything better. Hope the Mets make a trade offer for Sonny Gray if the Reds are in full tank mode

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Reds might not be full tank, maybe just unloading saves bc of SAGNOF, but Gray on Mets works for me

              • Dave D says:
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                This is rather bad news for me as a Mayers owner but whatevs… I kinda sensed something like this would happen but that’s the risk of early drafts and having a general disdain for drafting closers early.

            • Dave D says:
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              I’m hoping they throw Aquino in the deal too or he goes to the Rockies, Marlins, Rangers or somewhere where PT may be available.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Aquino on the Rockies would be drool worthy

                • William Hung says:
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                  Maybe, but we all know Black prefers washed up veterans over talented rookies

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Oh, for sure…Black would love to get his hands on Asdrubal

    • Hernan says:
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      The reds should make tejay antone the closer, 2 devastating Pitches…..

    • Dave D says:
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      Minasian already appearing better than his last five predecessors. Fingers crossed for a #1 SP.

  8. Dave D says:
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    I have an idea, maybe each of us from the Early Razz DC can share our Fantasy Pros draft grade here when they come out and compare at years end. My guess is that the final standings will end in converse order of Fantasy Pros, so I’m looking to “improve” on my “66” or “D” ranking from my last draft. Hopefully I can pull of something in the 50’s for an overall ‘F”. Fingers crossed!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      They don’t grade the teams immediately? I haven’t checked

      • Dave D says:
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        I think they do, but the problem is, I believe, Squat took a “placeholder” with the last pick and the league rosters won’t be editable and official until they add the player, which usually happens whenever the NFBC can get to it.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ah, gotcha, make sure to tell me when you see it, hopefully it’s below a C for me, otherwise trouble

          • Dave D says:
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            Exactly!

  9. Been playing fantasy baseball since 1992. We did stats every morning using the Boston globe with a pencil and pad of paper. We have used espn for years. Is there a site that we draft and then pay to the highest bidder for free agents. If so do I have to set the market for players. We all 65 years or older. So I would need to keep it simple. Since it’s only a 8 team league 2 players at offensive positions is a must. It was a 12 owner league but we lost 4 to the fantasy Gods thank grey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You talking about a FAAB set up? Like the site would allow you to bid on free agents?

      • Yes, something simple. But most site won’t let us have 2 at each position.. In a 8 team league one position is set it forget it. A.l. Or n.l . Would not Work because we now are all over the U.S. and some want local players. Thanks again.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hmm…And how did you do it last year? Pen/paper?

          • Espn last 10 years. Just would like to bid on f.a. But don’t know to set value on each player. But want 2 positions player at each spot. Thanks agaimq

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              And ESPN doesn’t do what you want anymore?

  10. David Bevis says:
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    If Marie Antoinette had a great great grandkid – doe it seems he might grow up to be the Governor of California in 2020 ?

    On the Angels any love for Tyler Ward as a late flyer – I can see him getting some AB’s and going 15 15

    STRAT O

    Donkey sighting in his own DC league draft – schooling everyone

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t mind Ward, but it’s a late flyer and who knows on PT — I hear Donkey drafted both Ohtanis and two Chris Sales, in case he gets ABs

      • Hernan says:
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        lol, Donkey T. needs to post his Early RazzDC team…, like last year he was honking his team vs yours, on twitter……, also , a good tool when looking for players to avoid, lol…., DT is Awesome!!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, analytics, but Donkeylitics, when he drafts a guy, avoid them

  11. David Bevis says:
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    Apologies for the terrible typing (and proofreading ) skills – Taylor Ward

  12. David Bevis says:
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    Uhmm he has made a couple interesting picks …. lets just say he’s leaded at UT

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Donkey doing donkey stuff!

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