2015 MLB Draft Non Scouting Report: Kyle Cody – RHP – Kentucky

 

 
2015 MLB Draft Prospect: Kyle Cody – RHP – Kentucky. 6’7″ 245. Class: Junior. DOB: 8.9.94. Last Drafted: 2012 – Philadelphia (33rd Round).  
Ranked as the 267th best prospect in the 2012 draft coming out of a Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin high school, Cody was considered a tough sign and slid to the 33rd round.  Though his performance over three seasons at Kentucky has been shaky, Cody figures to go about 30 rounds higher than that this season.
 
 
Statistics *through 6.4.15
YEAR
CLASS
W-L
ERA
G
S
IP
H
K
BB
2013
Fr. 
3-3
4.84
15
0
57.2
57
47
20
2014
So. 
4-0
2.84
18
5
38
36
20
13
2015
Jr.
4-4
4.91
14
0
66
63
63
17
It’s important to note that I’m not a scout.  I don’t have the training or expertise that they do.  I do go to the games see these guys play live, and while there, I talk to scouts.  That’s more than you’ll find in some other so called “Scouting Reports” online.  Also, while scouts reserve their thoughts on a player for their employer, I can share my thoughts with you, the reader.
REPERTOIRE:
Fastball:  Cody sat 91-94 mph touching 95 once when I saw him and was as high as 97 mph last summer in the Cape Cod League.  Though lacking movement, Cody’s height allows him to throw this pitch at a downward plane.
Slider:  Cody throws a slurvy breaking pitch at around 77-80 mph and threw it a ton against Vanderbilt with inconsistent results.  Several times throughout the start he lost the release point.
Changeup:  An inconsistent offering between 80-85 mph.
DELIVERY
Cody’s delivery produces some of the easiest velocity I’ve ever seen.  Stress free and without any violent arm action, the ball jumps out of his hand, and at 6’7” that hand is half way to home plate by the time he releases the ball.  It’s often difficult for big men to repeat their delivery and sensing that, Cody and his college coaches seem to have simplified the approach as much as possible.  I’ll be interested to see what a professional organization can do for his development.
FUTURE

 

Cody entered the season as a top half of the first round prospect, but an up and down spring that included temporarily losing his rotation spot for a few weeks have tarnished his stock.  At this point, I like him more than most.  Though he has an outside chance to go at the end of the first round, it’s more likely he’ll go in the 50-60 pick range.
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