Lone Star Dugout Video: Cody Buckel (6/24)
After opening the season as the youngest pitcher in the High-A Carolina League, Cody Buckel became the youngest pitcher in the Texas League once he was promoted to Double-A Frisco late last week. He turned 20 years of age on June 18.
The former second-round pick out of Royal High School in Simi Valley, Calif., was fantastic for the Pelicans this season. In fact, he allowed fewer total runs (12) than games started (13). Buckel posted a 1.31 earned-run average in those 13 games, yielding only 49 hits in 75.2 innings. He struck out 91 and walked 25.
In his Double-A debut on Sunday, Buckel was erratic––with his fastball and curveball in particular––and threw 83 pitches (49 strikes) in four innings. Still, he was able to battle and limited the damage to two runs. He yielded five hits while walking three and striking out three.
There will be more to come on Buckel's start in an upcoming Q&A and feature piece.
Also be sure to check out our Q&A with Rangers minor league pitching coordinator Danny Clark, who discussed Buckel after Sunday's start. Scout.com National Baseball Expert Frankie Piliere also wrote a scouting report on Buckel from the Carolina League All-Star Game.
The following video comes from the third and fourth innings of Sunday's start. It includes the entire third inning but misses the first batter of the fourth (a three-pitch strikeout).
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