Kyle Cody

The University of Kentucky baseball team beat UofL 5-4 in 10 innings on Tuesday, April 2, 2013, at Jim Patterson Stadium in Louisville, Ky.

Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics

2015 Draft Profile: Kyle Cody

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

Risk:  Moderate

Grade: First/Second Round

 

 

Photo Courtesy of Chet White, UK athletics via ukathletics.com.



About

After serving as a video scout/analyst for Baseball Info Solutions, Joe Werner began writing at his original site, ReleasePoints.com. He’s since transitioned into his current niche, prospect analysis, at ProspectDigest.com. He has been fortunate — and incredibly blessed — to have some of his work published and mentioned by several major media outlets, including: ESPN, Cleveland.com and the Baseball Research Journal. He can be reached at: JosephMWerner@yahoo.com.


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