Wildcats In Midst of Season-Long Seven Game Road Swing
Wildcats in Midst of 14 of their Next 16 Games vs. Top-20 Foes
Wildcats Return to Action on Friday at No. 14 South Carolina
Wildcats Host Cardinals at 6:30 p.m. ET at Cliff Hagan Stadium
Wildcats Welcome Volunteers in Series Opener at 6:30 p.m. ET on Friday at The Cliff
2014 Cape Cod League All-Star Starter (SP)
2014 preseason seventh-best sophomore in NCAA (Baseball America)
2014 preseason second-best sophomore in SEC (Baseball America)
2013 No. 30 prospect in the Cape Cod League (Perfect Game)
SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll (2013)
2013 preseason 39th-best NCAA freshman (Baseball America)
33rd round pick in 2012 MLB Draft (Phillies)
One of the top prospects available for the 2015 MLB Draft, enters the season as a potential first-round pick in a long line of talented UK pitching stars ... Has great control of his 6-foot-7, 245-pound frame, adding muscle since arriving on campus ... Draws instant comparisons for former UK great Alex Meyer for his size and flame-throwing right arm ... Has one of the best fastballs in college baseball and an above-average breaking ball ... Was tabbed the starting pitcher for the West in the Cape Cod League All-Star Game, owning a 2.72 ERA ... Missed 21 days due to forearm tightness as a sophomore, moving from the Sunday starter to a late-inning reliever, before returning back to a weekend starter role the final three weeks of the year ... While working in relief, shined despite being limited only to fastballs as he was brought back into a role with care for his health ... Had a great start in leading UK to a win over No. 7 Florida in the SEC Tournament, working 5.2 innings ... Shined in a midweek role as a freshman, before emerging as a potential star in the weekend rotation, owning quality starts vs. No. 9 Louisville, No. 14 Arkansas and No. 1 Vanderbilt.
Was the starting pitcher for the Western Division in the 2014 Cape Cod League All-Star Game ... Was on the Wareham Gateman ... Made nine starts during the summer, with a 2-3 record and a 2.72 ERA in 36.1 innings, allowing just 34 hits and 11 walks, striking out 34 ... Finished the summer ranked eighth in strikeouts and 10th in ERA.
Entered the season as UK's Sunday starter, before battling forearm tightness and missing 21 days ... Returned to the pitching staff as a late-inning, high value reliever - with UK's opponents unaware that he was not going to throw a breaking ball as he eased back into competition - before returning to the weekend rotation to make three starts to end the year ... Totaled a 4-0 record and a 2.84 ERA in 18 games and six starts, saving five games ... Worked 38 innings, allowing 36 hits and 13 walks, striking out 20 ... Allowed just one homer ... Appeared in nine SEC games with one start, owning three saves and a 3.29 ERA, working 13.2 innings ... Was 4-0 with a 2.59 ERA and two saves in nine non-SEC games ... In 10 games and two starts vs. SEC foes, went 1-0 with a 3.32 ERA and three saves ... Was perfect on the road, working 7.1 shutout innings, saving three games and allowing just three singles ... Pitched in 12 games that UK won, with a 4-0 record, a 0.93 ERA and five saves in 29 innings ... In six night games, had four saves and a 1.74 ERA ... Pitched the best game of his year in the SEC Tournament Quarterfinals vs. No. 7 Florida, working 5.1 innings, allowing two runs and striking out four for the win over the Gators, pushing UK to a record finish in the tournament ... Was called upon to start UK's NCAA Tournament opener vs. a right-handed heavy Kansas lineup, with AJ Reed matching up better vs. Louisville in a potential second game ... Got two outs vs. Kansas, allowing two hits, one walk and three runs before Andrew Nelson came on in relief with UK trailing 3-0 in the first inning ... Made his season debut on a pitch count vs. VMI, working 62 pitches through 3.1 innings ... Returned to the mound to work six shutout innings, with UK coach Gary Henderson limiting him to 59 pitches ... Worked four shutout innings in his third start of the year vs. EMU, before being shut down for 21 days ... Returned to work a crucial inning in the rubber match of UK's series win with No. 1 South Carolina, working around a double ... Worked an inning or less in his next five outings, including picking his first career save at No. 5 Vanderbilt, also earning a save vs. No. 12 Florida ... Worked two innings in a brutally windy day vs. Morehead State, surrendering his lone homer ... Worked 1.1 innings vs. Missouri, with three unearned runs scoring on his line ... Picked up one-inning saves vs. No. 9 Louisville, at Texas A&M and vs. Tennessee Tech ... Worked three strong innings in relief vs. Auburn, signaling a return to multiple inning workloads ... Made first start since March 1 on May 16 at Georgia, tossing 4.1 shutout innings, allowing just two singles in a 10-0 UK win ... Best start of the year came vs. No. 7 Florida in the SEC Quarterfinals, allowing two runs in a win over the Gators ... Pitched in two games in the Cape Cod League for the Wareham Gateman, before returning home with a minor injury ... Pitched nine innings in his two starts, allowing seven hits and five earned runs, walking four and striking out nine with a 5.00 ERA and a 1-1 record ... Dominated in his Cape Cod League debut, working six shutout, two-hit innings, walking two and striking out four in a win ... Second start ended his summer, taking a loss in three innings, allowing five hits and five runs, walking two and striking out five.
Emerged as one of the top freshmen talents in the country, working his way into the weekend SEC rotation ... Appeared in 15 games with 10 starts, owning a 3-3 record and a 4.84 ERA ... Worked 57.2 innings, allowing 57 hits - 41 - singles with 20 walks and 47 strikeouts ... Was better in conference action then in non-league games, appearing in five games with three starts vs. the SEC, with a 3.10 ERA in 20.1 innings, allowing 20 hits - 17 singles - walking nine and striking out 14 ... Dominated over his last four starts of the year, including three SEC starts, sporting a 2.96 ERA in 24.1 innings ... Without a start vs. Louisville that saw him allow eight runs, had a 3-2 record and a 3.86 ERA in 53.2 innings ... Worked four quality starts on the year, with a 2.49 ERA in those outings ... In non-SEC games, appeared in 10 games with seven starts, with a 3-2 record and a 5.79 ERA in 37.1 innings, allowing 37 hits and 11 walks, striking out 33 ... Appeared in nine games and seven starts at Cliff Hagan Stadium, with a 3-3 record and a 5.50 ERA, working 37.2 innings ... Worked in four games with three starts on the road, with a 2.89 ERA in 18.2 innings, surrendering 12 hits and six walks, striking out 16 ... Went 3-0 with a 2.76 ERA in games that UK won, appearing in seven contests with five starts ... In eight games and five starts that UK lost, went 0-3 with a 6.99 ERA ... Appeared in six games with two starts in day games, with a 2-0 record and a 2.76 ERA ... Appeared in nine games with eight starts at night, with a 1-3 record and a 5.66 ERA ... Forced an average of 10 ground balls per nine innings pitched ... UK went 5-5 in his starts ... Had a 1.51 WHIP, with opponents hitting .325 on balls in play ... Went 2-3 with a 4.99 ERA in his 10 starts, working 52.1 innings, allowing 52 hits, 20 walks and striking out 42 ... In five games in relief, went 1-0 with a 3.38 ERA in 5.1 innings, allowing five hits and no walks, striking out five ... Allowed 2-of-4 stole base attempts ... Made collegiate debut in the season opener vs. UNC Asheville, working a perfect inning with a strikeout ... Second appearance of the year came vs. Kansas State in Myrtle Beach, allowing a single before a two-run homer ... Earned first career start vs. Murray State in the home opener, working 2.2 innings, allowing six hits and three earned runs ... Started the next week vs. Xavier in midweek action, getting his first career win with five innings, allowing two runs ... Suffered first career loss in midweek action vs. Western Kentucky, allowing five runs on three hits and four walks in 4.2 innings, striking out seven ... Worked two shutout innings in relief in the next midweek game vs. Marshall, allowing a single in his second win ... Worked a shutout frame vs. Georgia in his SEC debut ... Breakout start came in front of the largest on-campus crowd in the history of college baseball in the state of Kentucky, working 6.1 innings at No. 9 Louisville, allowing four hits and two earned runs ... With No. 2 LSU hitting well against UK's left-handed pitching, excelled in a relief innings vs. the Tigers ... Started vs. NCAA Tournament team Austin Peay in midweek action, allowing one run in 5.1 innings in his third win ... Was roughed up in the start vs. No. 9 Louisville at Cliff Hagan Stadium, allowing nine hits and eight runs in four innings ... Set the tone for a strong UK pitching performance at Western Kentucky, working six innings, allowing four hits and one run with seven strikeouts in an eventual 18-inning marathon ... Made SEC starting debut in place of Jerad Grundy vs. No. 14 Arkansas, dominating the Razorbacks through seven innings, allowing one earned run in the first inning, striking out five ... Turned in UK's best outing vs. No. 1 Vanderbilt, tossing six innings and allowing three runs vs. the record-setting Dores ... Worked 5.1 innings and allowed three runs on four walks and four strikeouts in his season finale at Missouri.
The Wisconsin Gatorade High School Player of the Year ... Was ranked as the second-best 2012 MLB Draft eligible prospect in the state of Wisconsin and as the No. 267 prospect available ... Earned three letters under coach Eric Wedemeyer ... "Kyle is an extremely hard worker and a goal-oriented individual, Wedemeyer said. "He sets his mind to a goal and strives to be the best that he can be." ... Went 6-0 with two saves in 50 innings in 2012, striking out 101, walking just 16 and allowing 22 hits, with a 0.84 ERA ... Played basketball and football all four years ... In baseball, was state runner-up twice ... In football, was state runner-up ... In basketball, led team to the final four ... Selected in the 33rd round of the 2012 draft by the Philadelphia Phillies.
Full name is Kyle David Cody ... Born Aug. 9, 1994 in Chippewa Falls, Wis. ... Son of Gene and Jackie Cody...Has three siblings, Ryan (25), Chrissy (28) and Amy (30).