Somewhere between 6 games, 11 strike-outs, 1 loss, and 1 win, Grambling State’s Cory Jordan managed to get the attention of the Tampa Bay Rays in the 35th round of the Major League Baseball Draft.
“Cory had a really good year he didn’t have a bad outing this season. His best outing of the year was when we played Louisiana State University,” said head Coach James Cooper
When caught up to Cory Jordan he was spending his off day resting and playing 2K. Jordan said his experience is “all good, I’m taking it day-by-day it’s been fun. Just resting and working out its like a full time job.
I have learn and grown a lot in the short time I have been here, I’ am learning how to be a better pitcher.” I have seen a lot of places that I thought I’ll never see like Staten Island, Brooklyn, and Vermont. I have met a lot of people, it’s great, I love playing baseball it’s really exciting.
Jordan is doing good this Season only gave up ten hits in eleven innings pitched. “An opponents batting average versus him is a .250 said James Cooper.”
On July 9 Jordan ran into former teammate Christopher Wolfe who plays for the Vermont Lake Monsters in a three game series. Neither one played against each other out of the three games. Wolfe and Jordan both played one game.
Wolfe went 1 for 3, 1 single, and 1 RBI.
“It felt good to see Wolfe playing I have not seen him play since his last game at Grambling, I like seeing him in the starting line up he had a good game,” said Jordan.
Head coach Cooper went to the Houston Astros in the 33rd round from 2000-2004.
“My experience was great! Some of the best baseball days of my life, I would not trade it for the world,” said Cooper
“My advice for athletes going into the pros is to listen to your coaches, show up early and stay late for extra work, save your money and spend it wisely. Go out with the attitude that you belong there, that you suppose to be there,” explained Cooper.
Jordan sent a special note to his teammates. All guys returning going into this season work hard and have faith do not take anything for granted. Everything that you are doing is for a purpose. Go hard!
When you respect the Game, the game will respect you back.