Phillies Prospect #29: Cody Overbeck

Cody Overbeck has some flaws, but there's no doubt that his offensive potential is legitimate. With 12 home runs at Williamsport last season, Overbeck has power that the Phillies love.

Acquired: Drafted by the Phillies in the 9th round of the 2008 Draft.
Bats: R   Throws: R
Height: 6' 1"   Weight: 210 lbs.
Birth Date: June 5, 1986
2008 Team: Williamsport
Positions/Games: 3B (73 G), DH (2 G)
School: University of Mississippi

Batting and Power: Cody Overbeck was drafted by the Phillies in the ninth round of the 2008 Draft last year and came to them with a reputation for being a top quality hitting prospect. At the University of Mississippi, Overbeck led the Rebels in average (.362), doubles (16), home runs (14) and RBI (47) in his junior season. There were teams that were interested in him after his sophomore season, but he went undrafted, although the Florida Marlins did offer him a deal to sign him as a non-drafted free agent. He hit 12 home runs in 290 at bats for Williamsport last season, but continued to show an old problem when he struck out 65 times and drew just 12 walks. His plate discipline and lack of ability to make consistent contact have been issues that have followed him through his college career and into the pros.

Category Cody Overbeck NY - Penn League Average
AB/2B 16.11 20.04
AB/3B N/A 120.63
AB/HR 24.17 64.40
AB/RBI 5.09 8.54
AB/R 7.84 7.54
AB/BB 24.17 10.29
KO:BB 5.42 2.54
AVG .272 .252
OBP .305 .325
SLG .459 .365
Categories with numbers in white show areas where Overbeck outperferformed the average player in the New York - Penn League during the 2008 season. Categories with numbers in black show areas where he was below the league average.

Baserunning and Speed: Overbeck has decent, but not overwhelming speed and attempted just two stolen bases at Williamsport last season, being successful on one of those attempts. He's got average baserunning instincts, but shouldn't become a liability on the basepaths.

Defense: Besides his plate discipline, defense has been the biggest issue for Overbeck. The good news is that he has made great strides at third base and continues to work on improving his skills in the field. In his sophomore season at Mississippi, Overbeck made 17 errors, but cut that down to eight last season. His biggest improvement came on learning how to play hops and charge balls to put himself in better position to make the long throw to first. His errors jumped back up at Williamsport (17 in 73 games for an .899 fielding percentage) showing that he still needs to improve his defensive skills. He has an average arm that is good enough to make the long throws and most of his issues are simply related to weak mechanics.

Projection: While it's very early and really too early to get a full gauge on how Overbeck will fare in pro ball, he seems to have the tools that he's going to need to make it in the pro ranks. There is still a lot of rawness in Overbeck both at the plate and in the field. The thought right now is that he has the potential to become a legitimate third base prospect as he continues to develop and move through the ranks.

Cody Overbeck's career stats

2007 Williamsport 12 57 .272 75 290 37 79 18 0 1 50% 12 65 .305 .459
TOTALS 12 57 .272 75 290 37 79 18 0 1 50% 12 65 .305 .459

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