Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Scouting the 2015 Draft: Cody Ponce
Cody Ponce is a name that popped up on draft rankings this summer after a tremendous season in the Cape Cod League. Ponce pitches for Cal Poly Pomona, an NCAA Division II college. He's a big kid at 6'6", 240 lbs who was not recruited heavily out of HS because his FB ran in the low-mid 80's. Since entering Cal Poly, he has worked to get stronger and has gained velocity as he has gained strength. He worked in the 93-96 MPH range this summer at The Cape according to BA. Reports from the CCL All-Star game where he would work more like a reliever had him 94-97 MPH. Despite is size and velocity, he is not a big K pitcher with 52 in 75 IP, for Cal Poly in 2014 and 32 in 35 IP in the CCL. He is more of a heavy FB/pitch-to-contact/groundball guy. He basically features just two pitches, FB and cutter. He has a changeup, but does not throw it often. He'll have to develop that changeup in the pros, but you can't teach size and can only marginally teach velocity, so he is a prospect. BA has him ranked as the #24 draft prospect in 2015 while Kiley McDaniel of Fangraphs has him at all the way up at #11. I am not completely convinced he is a first rounder, myself, due to limited pitch repertoire and mediocre K rates against suspect competition.