KINSTON, NC - Down East RHP Kyle Cody has been named the top pitching prospect of the Rangers farm system by MLB Pipeline for the 2017 season. He becomes the first Wood Duck with a postseason honor for his effort this year.
Cody, 22, finished his year at the Advanced-A level after opening with 18 starts at Low-A Hickory. In 23 total starts, he collected a 9-6 record and 2.64 ERA between the levels. Solely with the Woodies, the righty was 3-0 with a 2.05 ERA in five starts — four of them quality starts.
A native of Chippewa Falls, WI, Cody found a clicking point on June 11th — his final start of the first half with Hickory against the Lexington Legends. In that game, he went eight shutout innings while only allowing one hit and one walk.
Starting with that impressive outing, Cody went 8-0 over his last 13 starts of the year with a 1.68 ERA - the second-best mark at the combined-A level across MILB. He also had the fifth-best opponent’s average (.187), sixth-best strikeout total (97), and ninth-best WHIP (0.98) over the conclusion of his season.
Within the Rangers organization, Cody led all prospects in opponent’s average at .219. He was also in the top-five in strikeouts (2nd, 136), WHIP (2nd, 1.15), wins (T-2nd, 9), and innings pitched (4th, 126).
From MLB Pipeline: “Each team's Hitting and Pitching Prospects of the Year were chosen by the MLBPipeline.com staff. To receive consideration, players must have spent at least half the year in the Minors, appeared on the team's Top 30 Prospects list and played the entire year in the organization.”
Round Rock first baseman Ronald Guzman was honored as the top hitting prospect in the system. The 22 year-old hit .298 with 12 homers and 62 RBIs in 125 games at the AAA level.
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