To kick off 2021, The Baltimore Battery brings you the Orioles No. 28 overall prospect, RHP Cody Sedlock!
Pitching Grades (20-80 scale):
Fastball 50. Slider 55. Curveball 45. Changeup 55. Control 50. Overall 40.
2020 Rank: #17 2021 Rank: #28
Coming in at No. 28, Cody Sedlock actually dropped 10 spots from 2020, which again is actually a very good sign for the Orioles’ farm system.
The former first round pick and Big-10 Pitcher of the Year has certainly had his ups and downs thus far in his professional career. A couple battles with injuries scarred his 2018 campaign, where he appeared in only 13 games.
2019 was a vast improvement for Sedlock on the field and in health. He started the season with High-A Frederick and earned a mid-season promotion to Double-A Bowie. Between Frederick and Bowie in 2019, Sedlock finished with a 2.98 ERA, which was aided by a powerful curveball that helped rack up 100 strikeouts in 95 innings pitched.
Sedlock’s 9.5 strikeouts per nine innings was the second highest in his professional career, a good sign that 2019 actually saw a healthy Sedlock. Another eye-popping stat is the kid’s very low HR/9, which was 0.7 in 2019. Coming into a stadium like Camden Yards, having high strikeout numbers and low home run totals will certainly help his case.
After battling injury in 2018, Sedlock lost some power in his arm but has learned to disguise that with finesse and regained power. According to MLB.com, Sedlock’s four-seamer now sits around 91-93 mph, which is his main focus and also has been used swimmingly alongside his changeup.
For his breaking ball, Cody’s curveball may be his best pitch, which was crucial in his 100 strikeout campaign in 2019. A very good slider also helps Sedlock, as he has a good four to five pitches that can be used to navigate a lineup multiple times through, while also being a serious threat as a middle reliever out of the pen, much like he had done many times in the minors.
Cody Sedlock will most likely be seen starting the season in Triple-A Norfolk and is a name we are pretty certain to see on the back of an Orioles jersey at some point in either 2021 or 2022.