Minor League Prospect Note: Cody Kukuk, LHP, Boston Red Sox
Florida prosecutors have dropped a spring DUI charge against Boston Red Sox prospect pitching Cody Kukuk, according to the Lawrence Journal-World. The case was dismissed: the arresting officer did not have probable cause for pulling Kukuk over. Squealing tires isn't sufficient probable cause for a vehicle stop under Florida law.
Kukuk has been on the organization's restricted list most of the season due to the DUI, but was finally activated by the Red Sox recently and has pitched twice in the Gulf Coast League this month, fanning three, allowing one walk, one hit, and a run in a pair of two inning outings.
Kukuk is a 6-4, 200 pound lefty drafted in the seventh round in 2011 out of high school in Lawrence, Kansas. It took Boston $800,000 to keep him away from college ball at the University of Kansas. Kukuk has a low-90s fastball and a good slider, and has the physical upside of a number three starter (maybe a number two) if all goes well. He has some mechanical issues to clean up, but is quite projectable.