School: University of Kentucky; Class: Senior
Position: RHP; B/T: R/R
Height: 6-7; Weight: 245
Previously Drafted: Minnesota Twins, 2nd round, 2015
Background: Unable to reach an agreement with the Minnesota Twins following his selection in the second round last June; the towering, hard-throwing behemoth lumbered back to the hills of Kentucky for his senior season. And let’s just say that it, well, didn’t exactly going swimmingly.
Coming off of a very strange season with Wildcats – one in which he posted a fantastic 63-to-17 strikeout-to-walk ratio but finished the year with a bloated 4.91 ERA – Cody’s production has taken a noticeable downturn. Through his first 67.2 innings, the 6-foot-7, 245-pound has averaged 7.85 punch outs and a career worst 3.72 walks per nine innings.
For his career, Cody owns a 189-to-78 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 229 innings.
Here’s some of the awards and recognitions he’s garnered throughout his career:
- 2015 Preseason Third-Team All-America (Baseball America)
- 2015 Preseason Third-Team All-America (Collegiate Baseball)
- 2014 Cape Cod League All-Star Starter
Projection: Here’s what I wrote prior to last year’s when I pegged him as a first/second round talent:
“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.”
Well, fast forward a year and Cody – and his declining production – almost certainly looks like a future reliever, though he did surrender just two long balls this season.
Ceiling: 1.5-win player
Floor: 1.0-win player
Grade: Second/Third Round