Allen Octavio Cordoba Pose
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 1", Weight 175 lb.
Infielder Allen Cordoba was signed by the St. Louis Cardinals before the 2013 season. He played his first two professionals seasons with the DSL Cardinals, hitting .272 in 41 games in 2013 and .258 in 62 games in 2014. In 2015, he moved to the United States with the GCL Cardinals, where he hit a scorching .342 in 53 games. The rest of his batting line was not so awesome, as he drew only 15 walks and had 10 extra-base hits, but he did score 40 runs. In 2016, he moved to the Johnson City Cardinals of the Appalachian League where he continued to have a tremendous batting average, at .362 in 50 games. He added 21 extra-base hits and 22 stolen bases in 26 attempts to give other signs of his prospect status. He also played shortstop, giving his hitting higher value. Still, he was still in Rookie-class ball after four years, understandably, the Cardinals were not in a rush to add him to their 40-man roster. That made him available for the San Diego Padres to take him with the third pick in the 2016 Rule V Draft, after securing the players taken with the first two picks thanks to pre-arranged deals with the two teams ahead of them. The question was whether the Padres were going to be able to work out a deal with the Cardinals to hang on to Allen without being forced to keep him in the majors, where he would most likely be badly overmatched.
He did make the Padres' opening day roster in 2017 and made his debut on April 3rd when he played an inning at short and went 0-for-1 in a 14-3 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. He stayed with the team all season, hitting .208 in 202 at-bats in 100 games, splitting his time mainly between the outfield and shortstop.