2015 Draft Profile: Cody Ponce

School: Cal Poly Pomona; Class: Junior

Position: RHP; B/T: R/R

Height: 6-5; Weight: 235

Previously Drafted: N/A

Background: One of the more talked about – and subsequently hyped – Division II prospects over the past couple seasons, Ponce, a 6-foot-5 right-hander, has been a steady force in the Broncos’ rotation this season. After dealing with his some minor shoulder issues earlier this season, Ponce has bounced back to post a 67-to-14 strikeout-to-walk ratio to go along with a 1.44 ERA in 62.1 innings.

The hard-throwing hurler opened up his career as a part-time starter/closer for Cal Poly Pomona, fanning 43 and walking eight in 48.1 innings of work. His production declined dramatically the following season – he fanned 52 and walked 29 in 75.0 innings – but still managed to earn a trip to the premier summer league – Cape Cod.

Ponce fared well during his first exposure against an elite level of competition during his stint with the Brewster WhiteCaps: he tallied a 33-to-11 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 35 innings.

Projection: So this is where it gets tricky – sort of. Ponce has enough talent to compete – and succeed – against some of the best collegiate talent in nation as evidenced by his work in the Cape Cod, where he also earned a nod as one of the league’s All-Stars. The problem, however, is that in three years at a suboptimal level – Division II – Ponce has never really stood out above the rest in terms of production.

His control is solid-average but has wavered at times. When he’s at his best he’ll miss about one bat per inning. But, again, he’s not facing the likes of Stanford, LSU, Oregon, Arizona, Vanderbilt, etc…

Ignoring the shoulder issues he dealt with early this season, there’s definitely some risk with Ponce.

He could very easily – and likely – slide into the bullpen in the coming seasons.

 

Ceiling:  1.5-win player

Floor:  0.5- to 1.0-win player

Risk:  Moderate

Grade: First/Second Round

 

Photo Courtesy of Cal Poly Pomona via NCAA.com.

 



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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.