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Sounds of the Game: Chris Cody

[Last updated July 13th, 2009]

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Cody's first warmup

The pride of Brewster, NY – population 2,162 – is undoubtedly Chris Cody.  They just don’t know it yet. In fact, a lot of Sound’s fan may not even have learned his name yet. He’s only pitched in seven games through July 12th for the Sounds.

Let me introduce pitcher Chris Cody to you.

The 6’1″ NY-native southpaw weighs in around 195.  Cody was first drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 8th round of the 2006 June Draft.  He was immediately assigned to the Oneonta Tigers who play in New York. He started turning heads early as he went 4-1 with a 2.38 ERA with the Class Short-Season A Tigers.

Drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 8th round of the 2006 June Draft.
Traded to Brewers by Tigers on 7/1/07 in exchange for P Jose Capellan

He then bounced around between four teams in the 2007 season ending with an overall record of 14-14 for that year of development. The Milwaukee Brewers traded pitcher Jose Capellan for Cody on July 1, 2007. Cody has been working dillgently in the Brewer’s organization for two years now where the boy from Brewster is finding his way.

Cody started at AA-Huntsville at the beginning of 2009 where he went 5-1 with a 2.30 ERA.  His overall career record so far is 25-19, with a 2.27 ERA.  Sound’s pitching coach Chris Bosio and other player-development personnel decided to bring Cody up toTriple-A Nashville on June 2nd.

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Cody takes his firstwarmups with Chris Bosio watching.

Cody told me he was surprised to get the call when he did to move up to play Triple-A ball but that he planned on making the most of the opportunity. He has so far.  In seven outings so far he has turned in five quality performances to display a record of 3-4 with a 3.24 ERA. In 41.2 innings pitched for Nashville in 2009 he has walked only 12 and struck-out 23. Cody is known for his control around the plate. He only averages walking 1.9 batters per nine innnings pitched in his career.

Chris Cody is nothing if not a hard worker, who studies the game, and has high expectations of himself. Regarding a recent performance (July 10th) in which he walked four batters in one inning, Cody told me, “I was pissed.  I’ve never walked four batters in one inning in my entire career.”  It’s that kind of  attitude that will keep this young man excelling and reaching his goals.

Cody has an easy-going demeaner about him, finds it hard NOT to sign for fans, and has an admitted love for his iPod, which is likely to be loaded with music from The Dave Matthews Band.  He likes pizza, Olive Garden, the Mets, and watching Seinfeld.

Last season Cody found himself working on his game in the Hawaii fall league for a couple months. It was there he added a fifth pitch to his game: a cutter.  He also throws four other pitches: a four-seam fastball, a two-seam fastball, a curve ball and a changeup. His pitch-speed varies from the low 70s to the mid 80s on his fastball.

Though he could earn better money waiting tables at Olive Garden, you won’t find Cody complaining about his small income from playing Triple-A ball for Nashville.

He recently told me, “I’d rather make a small paycheck and get to play the game, then to make a big paycheck and not play baseball.”

Cody still remembers fondly the day he got a call from the Tigers announcing he was drafted. He’s not lost that thrill and passion of the game. One gets the feeling that Cody is not all-too-impressed with himself. That’s good, because one day, this kid – who works on his off-season game inthe Bronx – is going to make some headlines. And then he will be the pride of Brewster, NY!

For more info:

Photo gallery of Cody pics taken by AttheOldBallGame.com in 2009.

Read all my blog posts on Chris Cody for 2009.

Cody’s profile page on the Nashville Sound’s web site

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