Ryan Cordell is going to the Milwaukee Brewers as the player to be named later in July's trade that brought Jonathan Lucroy and Jeremy Jeffress to the Texas Rangers, according to Evan Grant. The Rangers also sent Luis Ortiz and Lewis Brinson to Milwaukee in that trade.
Cordell, 24, was an 11th round draft pick of the Rangers out of Liberty University of 2013. The outfielder had solid 2014 and 2015 campaigns, splitting 2014 at low-A and high-A and 2015 at high-A and AA, and spent the 2016 season at AA Frisco, putting up a .264/.319/.484 slash line.
Cordell gets good marks for his athleticism, and last year was being looked at in the infield as well, although that experiment ended fairly quickly. He's something as a tweener, as he's probably not well suited to handle center field defensively on a full time basis, but his bat looks like it may not play in a corner spot. He could carve out a role as a fourth outfielder in the majors, however, and could be more if the bat improves.
UPDATE -- Its official -- the Rangers have announced Cordell is going to Milwaukee.