With the 2016 MLB Draft just over 24 hours away, we continue posting draft profiles at a rapid pace, keeping our attention turned to the college ranks (for now) with right-hander Kyle Cody of the University of Kentucky.
Like Kyle Funkhouser at the University of Louisville, Cody was an early pick in the 2015 draft as a college junior, selected in the second round, 73rd overall, by the Minnesota Twins. They failed to come to terms and Cody returned to the Wildcats for his senior year, hoping to boost his stock enough to get into the first round.
As a junior, Cody posted a somewhat misleading 4.91 ERA in 66 innings but with a sharp 63/17 K/BB. Cody was strong in the Cape Cod League last summer, posting a 2.80 ERA in 35 innings with a 33/11 K/BB for Wareham. This spring he has lowered his ERA by more than a full run compared to his junior year, with a 3.35 mark in 83 frames. However, the underlying components are actually weaker than 2015: his K/BB has slipped to 75/30, showing a slight decrease in strikeouts but a notable increase in walks.
Listed at 6-6, 215, Cody is still just 21 years old, not turning 22 until August, so he's rather young as seniors go. Scouting reports indicate that he still has the 93-96 MPH fastball he showed last year and on the Cape. It can peak at 98 and is one of the best fastballs in the entire draft, earning 65-70 grades. However, his slider and change-up have regressed since last spring, as has his overall sense of command and control. These factors are reflected in the weaker K/BB ratio.
While his track record is inconsistent, Cody will still be intriguing for teams as a no-leverage senior with a hot fastball. He may need more development work than the typical senior but he also has more upside. He could very well go in the second round again.