Cody Buckel was one of my favorite under-the-radar prospects heading into the 2010 draft. I’m a sucker for undersized pitchers who have big boy stuff, and Buckel fits the bill.
Prior to his promotion to Double-A Frisco, Buckel was coasting along, dominating opposing hitters in full season ball with surprising ease for a pitcher just drafted out of high school. In both his stops to Low and High-A, Buckel struck out over 30% of all batters faced, kept his W% between seven and nine percent, and did a nice job of keeping the ball on the ground when hitters put the ball in play.
While Double-A didn’t have quite as smooth a transition from high school to pro ball, Buckel finished strong. His final five starts of the season:
21.2 IP, 2 R, 15 H, 1 XBH, 26 K, 4 W (0 over his last 3 starts)
The one thing that really hasn’t carried over yet: the ground balls. He’s only sporting a 41% GB percentage.
One of the things I really liked about Buckel coming out of high school was his
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