Former Wisconsin All-Star Kyle Cody is having an awesome sophomore season for the Kentucky Wildcats. Kyle was hurt this year and missed some starts. Kentucky coach Gary Henderson said “We eased him back to action over the course of 12 relief appearances before he threw 4.1 shutout innings in his first SEC start against Georgia.” The hulking sophomore righthander then earned the win in his next start with 5.1 strong innings of work, allowing two runs on four hits and a walk while striking out four. Cody worked at 90-91 mph in his previous game but in Wednesday start he showed more of the big velocity UK baseball coaching staff talked about this fall. His fastball sat at 90-93 and bumped 94-96, and his breaking ball showed promise, sometimes showing bigger break at 74-75 and landing for a strike, other times showing tighter spin and more power at 77-78.
“He’s back to what we thought he was going to do at the beginning of the year,” Kentucky coach Gary Henderson said. “I think that’s a shot of adrenaline for the kids, and the program. That’s the kind of outing that Kyle is capable of having for the team. I’m really happy for Kyle and all of us. It’s been quite the tip-toe getting him back. It’s just been very cautious, an inning at a time, don’t throw any breaking balls for six weeks.”
Kyle went to Chippewa Falls McDonell High School. Baseball America has projected Kyle Cody to be a potential 1st round draft pick in the MLB amateur draft when he graduates. He is that good. The All-Stars coaching staff is very proud of Kyle.