Prospect Profile: Chris Cody

Coming out of Manhattan, everyone was impressed with Chris Cody's numbers, but wondered if he could carry over that success with such a jump in competition. So far, so good for Cody, who has been one of the top starters for Oneonta.

Chris Cody
Position: Left-Handed Pitcher Height: 6-0 Weight: 180
Born: 1/7/1984 Bats: Left Throws: Left

Cody joins the Tigers as an 8th round draft choice this past June, out of Manhattan College. Cody's collegiate career saw steady progress, including a junior campaign that ended with an appearance on the All-MAAC 1st Team. In addition to this lofty honor, Chris was acknowledged as the league's Pitcher of the Week on two separate occasions. After such an outstanding season, Cody headed to the Cape to play for the Catham A's, where he went 3-3 with a 4.08 ERA in seven starts. Having gained valuable experience in a competitive summer league, Chris went on to become the MAAC Pitcher of the Year in 2006, and was also named to the Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball All-American 2nd Team, and his Regional All-Tournament Team. Despite all of these successes, his most amazing accomplishment was likely the no-hitter he tossed against in-state rival LeMoyne. Cody signed soon after the draft, and made his professional debut with the Oneonta Tigers of the New York-Penn League.

Scouting Report
Even though he was dominant during his junior and senior seasons in college, Cody doesn't possess dominating raw stuff. The proud owner of an 85-86 mph fastball that can touch 88 on a very good day, Cody relies on impeccable control throughout the zone to be effective with his "heater." Chris compliments his fastball with an above-average change-up and a fringy curveball. His change has nice arm-side fade and good deception, as he keeps his arm speed up during the delivery. His curve is loose and erratic, but it could become an average pitch with work. His command and makeup are his only plus attributes, and they should serve him well in any variety of roles. He has an advanced feel for pitching and thinking on the mound, which could allow him to remain in the rotation for a while, despite his below-average stuff. In the long run, he projects more as a bullpen lefty with the command and poise to pitch in tight situations.
























Health Record
Cody's bill of health reads clean right now, but there are underlying concerns. He has been worked hard throughout his four years at Manhattan, including a 150-pitch complete game shutout of national power Tulane, on opening day 2006. His mechanics are clean, so he could still avoid injury over the long haul.

The Future
Chris has translated his superb collegiate results to the early portions of his pro career. He's been dominating as an advanced pitcher in the relatively young NYPL. If he remains in the rotation heading into the 2007 season, expect him to move one level at a time. With a move to the bullpen, he could easily move much faster, possibly starting next season in Lakeland. He has the maturity and advanced feel to handle a challenging assignment, and the Tigers would be wise to see what they have in him. Look for him to be a full time reliever no later than spring 2008, and at a minimum, he should be a very solid organizational contributor at the minor league level.

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