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Cordier reaching new heights with Pirates organization

Pitcher is throwing 100 miles an hour with Triple-A team

6:34 PM, Jun. 21, 2013
Door County native Erik Cordier is off to a strong start pitching for the Indianapolis Indians, a Triple-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Door County native Erik Cordier is off to a strong start pitching for the Indianapolis Indians, a Triple-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
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Pittsburgh Pirates prospect Erik Cordier has overcome a self-described "terrible" spring training - one in which he was nearly released by the organization - and is now throwing faster and better than he ever has during his professional baseball career.

In fact, the right-handed pitcher and former Southern Door High School standout has been clocked throwing as fast as 100 mph in a relief role for Pittsburgh's Triple-A affiliate, the Indianapolis Indians.

"Something crazy happened," said Cordier. "I hit only 99 once before in my entire career and now in almost every game I've been working ...

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