RHP Cody Sedlock Pitching Like a First Rounder, Terrific Start to 2017

The Baltimore Orioles used their first round selection of the 2016 MLB Draft on University of Illinois right-hander Cody Sedlock, and thus far he has not disappointed. He is off to a terrific start to 2017 despite skipping a level to begin the year.

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Sedlock, 21, was moved straight to High-A Frederick to begin this season despite having not toed the rubber once at the Low-A level, and the move has not seemed to affect him whatsoever.

He has made four starts for the Keys thus far this season and has gone 3-0 with a 1.64 ERA and a minuscule 0.82 WHIP over 22 innings pitched.

In addition, he has allowed just 10 hits, eight walks and has struck out 16 batters.

Two of his four starts have been scoreless, with another one yielding just one run. His lone "poor" outing came in his second start of the year where he allowed three runs over five innings.

The key for Sedlock has been getting ahead in the count. When he gets ahead of hitters, he has allowed just one two hits, hasn't walked a batter and has struck out nine. In comparison, when he is behind in the count, he has allowed three hits, eight walks and has struck out just three.

One of the things you want to see from a starting pitcher is the ability to handle himself against hitters from both sides of the plate, and Sedlock is doing that this season.

Right-handers are hitting .143 against him, while lefties are hitting .125. It's good to see him having success against both sides.

He continues to utilize his hard sinker to help induce ground balls as he currently owns a 51.8% ground ball percentage. 

His performance this year comes off the heels of a good debut season in 2016 with the Short-season A Aberdeen Ironbirds after being drafted.

Last season, Sedlock posted a 3.00 ERA with a 1.07 WHIP while holding opponents to a .158 batting average over 27 innings pitched.

He will likely reach an innings number that he has never reached before in his baseball career, so it will be interesting to see how he does as the season goes on, but thus far he is pitching just how you would want a first round draft pick to pitch, phenomenally.

                                                                                                                                                       
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