Chihuahuas' Cordero plates career-high five

Padres' 25th-ranked prospect swats a pair of key late homers

Franchy Cordero hit 11 homers and drove in 54 runs in 137 games across three levels a season ago. (Jared Ravich/MiLB.com)

By Alex Kraft / MiLB.com | April 16, 2017 1:18 AM

With one swing, Franchy Cordero turned a productive night at the plate into a career night.

The Padres' No. 25 prospect homered twice and drove in a career-high five runs on Saturday, powering Triple-A El Paso to a 10-5 romp over Reno at Greater Nevada Field.


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After going hitless in his first three at-bats, Cordero clubbed the first of his two long balls off Aces starter and D-backs No. 24 prospect Frank Duncan in the seventh. The two-run shot to left-center field helped the Chihuahuas open a 6-3 lead after they entered the frame tied.

Video: El Paso's Cordero hits second homer

Two innings later, Cordero struck for a three-run blast to left off left-handed reliever Brian Matusz. The 22-year-old outfielder took a ball and a strike from the Major League veteran before muscling the next offering to the opposite field for his fourth homer of the season.

Through nine games this year, Cordero is hitting .222 while getting on base at a .243 clip. However, the 2011 international signee out of the Dominican Republic ranks second in the Pacific Coast League in homers, one behind second-ranked Cubs prospect Ian Happ. He's also tied for sixth with eight RBIs.

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Jose Pirela also had a big night for El Paso, going 4-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored and falling a triple shy of the cycle.

Ketel Marte contributed three hits, an RBI and a run scored for the Aces, while D-backs No. 18 prospect Jack Reinheimer and Oswaldo Arcia added two hits apiece. 

Alex Kraft is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow and chat with him on Twitter @Alex_Kraft21. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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