School: Kentucky; Class: Junior
Position: RHP; B/T: R/R
Height: 6-7; Weight: 245
Previously Drafted: Philadelphia Phillies, 33rd round, 2012
Background: After entering collegiate ball with a modicum of hype, Cody, who was originally drafted by the Phillies in the 33rd round as a senior and subsequently named among the best freshman in the country after he spurned Philadelphia’s offer, split his debut season between the rotation and bullpen for the Wildcats. He would post a 47-to-20 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 57.2 combined innings.
Cody followed that up with a downturn in production in his sophomore campaign: his strikeout rate tumbled to a woefully low 4.74 K/9 as he once again split time between the rotation and bullpen while dealing with forearm tightness. Nonetheless, the 6-foot-7 right-hander earned a trip to the Cape, where his K-rate ticked back up; he fanned 33 in 35.1 innings of work. He would also earn a trip to the midsummer All-Star game.
This season Cody has posted career bests in K-rate (8.59), BB-rate (2.32) and innings (66.0). The bad news: he’s surrendered an alarmingly high nine homeruns. Ouch.
Projection: The homerun total is incredibly concerning, especially considering that Kentucky’s home ballpark is basically neutral. Cody’s big and projectable with a history of average or better control and the new found skill of missing bats.
Cody will get a couple years to prove his value as a potential professional starting pitcher, but he’s more or less headed for a backend relief role.
Ceiling: 1.5- to 2.0-win player
Floor: 1.0-win player
Grade: First/Second Round
Photo Courtesy of Chet White, UK athletics via ukathletics.com.