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).


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.

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2016 MLB Draft Scouting Report: Gavin Lux

By: Burke Granger

Gavin Lux – SS – Indian Trail HS (Wis.).  6’2″ 175.  Bats: R.  Throws: L.  DOB: November 23, 1997.  College Commitment: Arizona State.

SCOUTED: Prep Baseball Report’s Super 60, McCook (Ill.).  February 7, 2016.

In what’s shaping up to be a banner year for Midwest high school baseball, Gavin Lux joins Ben Rortvedt and Cooper Johnson as potential early round picks coming from the Illinois/Wisconsin area.  Combine them with class blue chippers Riley Pint and Joey Wentz from Kansas, and the Heartland of America now looks like a major manufacturer of talent in this year’s draft crop.

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2016 MLB Draft Scouting Report: Kyle Lewis

By: Burke Granger

Kyle Lewis – OF – Mercer.  6’4″ 210.  Bats: R.  Throws: R.  DOB: July 13, 1995.  Last Drafted:  Never.

SCOUTED:  Mercer Bears @ Butler Bulldogs: May 14, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Undrafted out of Shiloh HS in Snellville, Georgia, Lewis went to nearby Mercer University where he had a solid but unspectacular freshman season before bursting onto the scene as a sophomore.

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2016 MLB Draft Scouting Report: Matt Thaiss

By: Burke Granger

Matt Thaiss – C – Virginia.  6’0″ 195.  Bats: L.  Throws: R.  DOB: May 6, 1995.  Last Drafted:  2013 (Boston Red Sox – 32nd Round).


Virginia Cavilers @ Pittsburgh Panthers: April 30, 2016 in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania

Thaiss was twice named First-Team All-State out of Jackson Memorial High School (N.J.) before the Red Sox selected him in the 32nd round in the 2013 draft.  Rather than signing, Thaiss elected show up on campus in Charlottesville.

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2016 MLB Draft Scouting Report: Eric Lauer

By: Burke Granger

Eric Lauer – LHP – Kent State. 6’3″ 205.  Class: Junior.  DOB:  June 3, 1995.  Last Drafted:  2013 (Toronto Blue Jays – 17th Round).

Scouted:  Buffalo @ Kent State, May 6, 2016.  Kent, Ohio.

Lauer was a top 5 round talent coming out of Midview HS in Grafton, Ohio.  A good athlete, Lauer was a second team All-Ohio selection as a receiver in football.  Baseball America had him ranked as the top prep player in Ohio and 125th overall in the 2013 draft.  Due in part to his strong college commitment to Kent State, Lauer slid to the 17th round and was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays.  Lauer followed through with his intention to attend college, and the move has paid off as Lauer could find himself being selected in the first round three years later.

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2016 MLB Draft Scouting Report: T.J. Zeuch

By: Burke Granger

T.J. Zeuch – RHP – Pittsburgh. 6’7″ 225.  Class: Junior.  DOB:  August 1, 1995.  Last Drafted:  2013 (Kansas City Royals – 31th Round).

Scouted:  Virginia Cavaliers @ Pittsburgh Panthers, April 30, 2016.  Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

2014 was a big year for the University of Pittsburgh.  It was their first in the Atlantic Coast Conference, and it’s when big T.J. Zeuch arrived on campus.  A Mason, Ohio product, Zeuch considered Kentucky, Louisville, and Cincinnati as options to further his eduction before ultimately choosing Pittsburgh.  “When I first came up to Pitt, I kinda just fell in love with the place,” said Zeuch.  “Everything; the coaches, the conference – it’s kind of a home away from home.  I love it here!”

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