The Red Sox announced Thursday that they have optioned outfielder Franchy Cordero to Triple A Worcester.
Cordero, who was acquired from the Royals as part of the Andrew Benintendi trade in the offseason, came to the Red Sox as a glowing talent with untapped potential. When he made his debut with the Padres in 2017, he was viewed as one of the best prospects in baseball, but injuries and underwhelming play diminished that status.
Cordero stayed healthy with the Red Sox, but the subpar play continued. He hit just .179 with one home run in 102 plate appearances and struck out a whopping 36.3 percent of the time. The Red Sox believed they could unlock Cordero’s ability, but for now he has run out of runway with the big league club.
Some Triple A time might be good for Cordero, providing him an opportunity to hone his swing and not look so overmatched. Reps at the plate are important, and Cordero doesn’t have many — just 229 plate appearances combined (minors and majors) since the start of 2019. He has struggled mightily to find his swing path, often finding his barrel beneath the baseball.
Cordero added to the Red Sox’ organizational depth, but with utility player Danny Santana now on the big league roster and outfielder Jarren Duran lurking at Triple A, it will be up to him to make the adjustments needed so he doesn’t become an afterthought.
Marlins in town
The Marlins (24-26) come into Fenway Park Friday following a four-game split with the Phillies. The Red Sox will face righthander Cody Poteet in the opener. Poteet has a 1.06 ERA in three starts (17 innings), striking out 13. Poteet, who made his major league debut this year, normally sits between 91 and 94 miles per hour with his fastball, topping out at 96. While his fastball isn’t overpowering, he’s had success with it this season, as opponents are hitting just .185 on his four-seamer. Poteet also features a changeup, curveball, and slider, but the changeup is his go-to secondary pitch and he’s yet to yield a hit on it.
The Marlins were an intriguing team last year, punching a ticket to the postseason for the first time since 2003. This year, they have been inconsistent, which can be typical for a young squad. As of Thursday, they were fourth in the NL East. Nevertheless, their talent is evident, with rookie Jazz Chisholm getting a lot of the headlines. The 23-year-old is hitting .286 with five homers and a .350 on-base percentage.
The Red Sox have Martín Pérez on the mound Friday. Pérez has been solid, with a 3.55 ERA in nine starts, striking out 44 in 45⅔ innings. Pérez has pitched at least five innings in each of his last five starts.
The Red Sox (30-20) are second in the AL East but just 13-13 at home. Yet they have won five of their last seven games overall and have won their last four series. The Sox have 18 come-from-behind wins and are 27-3 record when they score at least four runs.