Up next on the Baltimore Battery’s Prospect Profiles Countdown is 24-year-old right-handed pitcher, Cody Sedlock. The former 2016 first round pick has struggled with injuries to start his young career, but a strong showing in 2019 has Orioles fans excited about his future.
The 6’3” right-hander was diagnosed with Thoracic Outlet Syndrome in 2018 and never quite regained his former heat, but his fastball still hits the mid-90s and his slider and changeup have potential to be lethal. Here is how MLB.com rates the young pitcher:
Following a dominant career at the University of Illinois, Sedlock was sent to Single-A upon being drafted No. 27 overall. He started nine games at Aberdeen but only accumulated an 0-1 record off 27 innings. He pitched to a 3.00 ERA and struck out 25 batters in limited playing time.
In 2017, Sedlock’s first full season, he struggled at High-A Frederick and tallied a 4-5 record in 20 starts for the Keys. His ERA sky-rocketed to 5.90, and he allowed 119 hits over 90 innings pitched.
Sedlock’s Thoracic Outlet Syndrome sent his 2018 season off the rails, as he was only able to start nine total games. He accumulated an 0-3 record with an ERA of 5.11.
It looked like injuries and a poor start to his career would cause the former top pick to be a bust. However, Sedlock came back healthy in 2019 and had a major bounce back year to push him back to No. 17 on the Orioles’ top prospects list.
Sedlock started 10 games in Frederick in 2019 and went 4-1 with a 2.36 ERA. He struck out an impressive 66 batters in only 61 innings pitched.
Sedlock’s dynamic start to the season earned him a call-up to Double-A Bowie, where he pitched in the Baysox’s only victory in the Eastern League Championship Series against the Trenton Thunder. He tallied a 1-2 record in Bowie with a 3.71 ERA and finished the regular season 5-3 with a 2.84 ERA and 100 strikeouts.
Sedlock’s bounce back season catapulted him from unranked in 2018 to No. 17 on the Orioles’ top prospect list. In his first full healthy season, Sedlock learned to pitch more effectively with his range of off-speed pitches, instead of relying heavily on his heater. His slider and changeup are his best pitches, while his curveball is still a solid work-in-progress.
While the injury history has severely limited his innings, Sedlock could still be in for a full season of starts with less hesitation in 2020. Although he once could have been a dominant pitcher, Sedlock still has the potential to become a solid reliever or back-end starter for the Orioles.
I think that Sedlock’s impressive off-speed variety serves him best out of the bullpen. The 2020 season will give us a better gauge of Sedlock’s ability to start or come out of the pen. As a former first-round pick that only continues to improve following the injury, Sedlock is a unique prospect to watch in 2020.
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