RHP Cody Sedlock The Latest First Round Pitching Prospect for Baltimore Orioles

By Contributing Writer: Pat North

Walk on egg shells and hold your breath Baltimore Orioles’ fans, we have added another first round pitching prospect to the fold. The Orioles selected Cody Sedlock, the Big Ten Conference Pitcher of the year, to its organization with the 27th pick in this past June's MLB Draft and he has been quite good since joining the organization.

 Photo: Patrick Cavey

Sedlock, 21, joins a group of young, promising pitchers drafted in the first round by the Orioles over the past 10 years. Orioles’ fans know this group quite well, for various of reasons of course. Names such as Brian Matusz, Matt Hobgood, Dylan Bundy, Kevin Gausman, and Hunter Harvey, cause all the feelings, for O's fans.

Sedlock was assigned to the short-season Aberdeen Ironbirds, following the draft. He was the first drafted player from the 2016 draft class to sign, as he eagerly wanted to toe the rubber. Since being assigned to Aberdeen, Sedlock has pitched as expected. He holds an (0-1) record, with an even 3.00 ERA and 1.13 WHIP. He has managed to strike out 14 batters, in just 15 innings of work. To date, Sedlock has not pitched more than 3 innings an outing, as the organization is obviously monitoring the prized pitching possession, and for good reason.

Injuries have bit the Orioles in the feather over the past couple of years; regarding injuries to other prized pitching prospects (see what I did there?). So, it's expected of the organization to really monitor Sedlock's health as they move forward, to hopefully avoid DL time. *cough* Bundy. *cough* Harvey. *cough Hobgood. However, due to Sedlock's experience on the college mound, and maturation, some may think Sedlock could move through the ranks a little faster than recent high school pitching selections.

Scouts have raved over Sedlock's hard sinker, and his ability to "pound" the strike zone. He combines a low 80's slider with his sinker, keeping hitters off balance, and producing a high strikeout total. Sedlock set a school record at Illinois last year, racking up 116 k's in 101 1/3 innings pitched. His makeup sounds a lot like Zach Britton's as he was coming up the minor league ranks. Sedlock served as a reliever his first 2 years at Illinois, before transitioning to the rotation his junior year, which makes me wonder if a relief role could be in his future.

Time will tell how Sedlock will be used, either as a starter, or a possible replacement at closer should Britton sign elsewhere. Regardless, the future sounds bright for Cody Sedlock, and fans are excited to see how he progresses, should he stay healthy.

But, we've heard that before….


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