Texas Rangers: This is the perfect starting rotation for 2021
By Seth Carlson
Texas Rangers’ 2021 second starter: RHP Kyle Cody
Admittedly, the Texas Rangers have not hit on many of their homegrown pitching talents in recent years.
Right-hander Kyle Cody could be the one to buck that unlucky trend.
Cody, currently ranked as the Rangers’ 24th-best prospect according to MLB Pipeline, also made his big-league debut in 2020.
In a small sample size of games pitched last season, the big righty looked incredibly encouraging as he made a case to become a rotation mainstay in 2021.
Over eight games pitched (five starts) in 2020, the former University of Kentucky product had a 1.59 ERA, 3.90 FIP and 288 ERA+ in 22.2 innings pitched.
At first glance, those numbers certainly appear to be worthy of a rotation spot going into 2021.
Of course, Cody’s high 1.24 WHIP and 5.2 walks per nine innings rate will both need to come down if he looks to improve upon his brief showing in 2020.
Ultimately, Cody flashed enough of his impressive stuff last season to merit being given a chance to start in 2021.
The Texas Rangers also don’t have many other enticing starting pitching options on the roster, leaving Cody as an obvious candidate.