2016 MLB Draft Prospect: Kyle Cody

By: Burke Granger

Kyle Cody – RHP – Kentucky. 6’7″ 245.  Class: Senior.  DOB:  August 9, 1994.  Last Drafted:  2015 (Minnesota Twins – 2nd Round).

Scouted:

Vanderbilt @ Kentucky, May 3, 2015.  Lexington, Kentucky.

Florida @ Kentucky, March 27, 2016.  Lexington, Kentucky.

The Leinenkugel Grapefruit Shandy isn’t the only Chippewa Falls Wisconsin export that I’ve been enjoying in recent years. Kyle Cody, the Badger State product, ranked as the 267th best prospect in the 2012 draft by Baseball America, but slid to the Phillies in the 33rd round.  It wouldn’t be the first, or last time that Cody would be drafted.

In the summer following his sophomore season in Lexington, Cody excelled in the Cape Cod League.  In 8 starts that summer, Cody worked in the mid 90’s and posted a 2.80 ERA while striking out 33 in 35.1 innings for the Wareham Gatemen.

The strong performance positioned Cody as a likely first round selection heading into 2015, but an up and down spring that included losing his rotation spot caused him to fall to the Twins in the second round.  After a negotiation that went down to wire on the July 17th signing deadline, the two sides were unable to come to an agreement and Cody took to Twitter to announce that he’s headed back Kentucky.

Slot value for the 73rd pick was $839,700 though it’s rumored that the Twins offered Cody less money after reviewing his medical records.

Cody has been more consistent this spring anchoring a Kentucky staff on Sundays that returned all three weekend starters (Zack Brown, Dustin Beggs).  Perhaps more importantly, Cody has been durable this season, making all his starts and establishing a new career high in innings pitched as the Wildcats enter tournament play.

STATISTICS

*Statistics Through June 7, 2016

YEAR

CLASS

W-L

ERA

G

S

IP

H

K

BB

2013

Fr. 

3-3 

 4.84

     15

 57.2

57 

  47

20 

2014

So. 

4-0 

2.84 

18 

38 

 36

  20

13 

2015

Jr.

 4-4

4.91 

14 

 0

66 

63 

  63

17 

2016

Sr. 

 6-2

3.35 

14

83.1 

 78

  75

30 

 

REPERTOIRE:

Fastball:  Heavy with sinking action, Cody’s fastball ranged from 91-95 for the starts in which I was in attendance.  Cody leverages his massive frame to deliver his plus fastball on a downhill plane.

Slider:  Cody doesn’t shy away from throwing a slurvy breaking ball that ranges from 77-82 mph.  Used to generate swings and misses, Cody will often bury this pitch in the dirt.  This pitch has the makings of an above average offering.

Changeup:  At 80-85 mph, Cody’s changeup is an inconsistent pitch that occasionally flashes some nice fade.

Delivery:  Cody’s powerful frame produces some of the easiest velocity I’ve seen over the past two seasons.  Stress free and with clean arm action, the ball jumps out of his hand. At 6’7” Cody’s hand is half way to home plate by the time he releases the ball.  Cody doesn’t always finish his delivery, causing the ball to sail.

Control/Command:  The aforementioned finishing issues inhibit Cody’s command, but his control is average as Cody typically works around the strike zone.  Over his 4 year career in Lexington, Cody has averaged just over 3 BB/9.

FUTURE:  A senior and a somewhat polarizing prospect, it’s difficult to project when Cody will be selected.  Depending on the development of Cody’s changeup, he could either be a backend starter or a high leverage reliever as a professional.

DISCLAIMER:  It’s important to note that I’m not a scout.  I don’t have the training or expertise that they do.  I do however actually go to see these guys play live, which is more than you’ll get from many online “Scouting Reports”.  I also talk to scouts when I’m there.  While scouts reserve their reports for their employer, I can share my thoughts with you, the reader.

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