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2016 Draft Profile: Kyle Cody

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

Risk: Moderate

Grade: Second/Third Round

 

 



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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