Cody Drafted by Houston Astros in 17th Round, Becomes Highest Baseball Draft Pick in School History

Cody Drafted by Houston Astros in 17th Round, Becomes Highest Baseball Draft Pick in School History

BEREA, Ohio – Baldwin Wallace University senior two-time All-Ohio Athletic Conference and D3baseball.com and American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA)/Rawlings All-American right-handed pitcher Danny Cody (Medina/Brecksville-Broadview Hts.) becomes the highest drafted player in school history as he was selected by the Houston Astros in the 17th round of the Major League Baseball (MLB) amateur draft. 

Cody becomes the first 2019 Division lll baseball player to be drafted and the eighth Yellow Jacket since 1968. He is the first since 2016 when Mark Zimmerman '16 was selected in the 33rd round by the San Diego Padres. 

"The baseball program and myself are very excited for Danny," said Head Coach Brian Harrison. "It's a heck of an accomplishment to be named an All-american, an Academic All-American and being drafted all in the same year. Danny is a tremendous person and has been a key leader in our program." 

The other six players to be drafted include outfielder Erik Young '89 in the 54th round of the 1988 draft and 57th round of the 1989 draft, both by the Cleveland Indians, left-handed pitcher Jephrey Doorey in the 33rd round of the 1984 draft by the Montreal Expos, catcher Joe Portale '83 in the 40th round of the 1980 draft by the Indians, shortstop Kenny Preseren '76 in the 21st round of the 1976 draft by the Indians, shortstop Wilburt Avery '73 in the 41st round of the 1975 by the Indians, and right-handed pitcher Bob Love '68 in the 35th round of the 1968 draft by the Indians. CLICK HERE to view BW's all-time MLB draft list.

In his senior campaign, the righty made 15 appearances with 13 starts, dealt a team-high 85.2 innings, owned a 9-1 record, and averaged 11.45 strikeouts per nine innings. Cody also led the OAC with nine wins, 109 strikeouts, and an earned run average (ERA) of 1.89. His 109 strikeouts sets him atop BW's single-season strikeout leaderboard.

For his career, Cody made 60 appearances with 33 starts and owns a 19-8 record with two saves, 262 strikeouts in 227 innings pitched, and a 3.33 ERA.

BW closed the 2019 season with an overall record of 27-17 and an OAC mark of 14-4, en route to a share of the regular season title, its first since 1988. The Yellow Jackets made their eighth overall appearance in the NCAA Tournament, second consecutive, and fourth under Harrison.