Cody Buckel, RHP
2012 stats: Had a 2.49 ERA with 159 strikeouts and 48 walks in 144.2 innings between high-A Myrtle Beach and double-A Frisco
Scouting report: Buckel (pronounced Byoo-kell) uses a four-pitch mix that gives him a tremendous advantage at the lower levels of the minors. His fastball sits somewhere between 89-91 mph and never gets much above 92. His offspeed offerings include a changeup, a slider/cutter and a slow curve that all add nice depth and velocity range to his repertoire. None of his pitches profile as much above average.
Buckel's control and command are both advanced for his age, and scouts rave about his pitchability – namely, his ability to throw the right pitch in the right location for the right situation. Many young hurlers get up and throw, but Buckel takes a more cerebral approach to pitching.
Notable: Buckel's calling card has always been his polish. Drafted straight out of high school, Buckel skipped short-season ball altogether and made his full season debut at the ripe age of 19. He tore through the Sally League in 2011, posting a 2.61 ERA and striking out 120 in 96.2 innings despite facing hitters two and three years his senior. The Rangers challenged Buckel again last season, sending him to high-A to start the year and promoting him to double-A Frisco midway through the season.
RHP Cody Buckel a safe bet to find big league success
Dallas Morning News | Feb 3