The Minnesota Twins selected University of Kentucky pitcher Kyle Cody with the 73rd overall pick in the Major League Baseball Draft on Monday night.
The organization already has three former Wildcats. Alex Meyer, Taylor Rogers and Logan Darnell all pitch at Triple-A Rochester.
Cody, a 6-foot-7, 245-pound right-hander from Chippewa Falls, Wis., was ranked as the No. 40 overall prospect by MLBPipeline.com. He was 4-4 with a 4.91 ERA and had 63 strikeouts and 17 walks in 66 innings as a junior this season.
"He's huge," Twins scouting director Deron Johnson said in a report on MLB.com. "He's got a really big fastball. He runs it up to 96-97 (mph). He is a starter. He had some struggles early in the year but started coming on late. He's got a slider and a decent feel for a changeup. But his best pitch is his hard, sinking fastball."
Johnson told MLB.com that Cody will fit in well with the Twins' organization.
"We've been kind of been trending toward power arms," Johnson said. "It's a philosophy we've gone to the last few years. A lot of our scouts are scouting that way as well."
MLB.com reported that given Cody's slot in the Competitive Balance B round (between the second and third rounds), the Twins have about $839,700 to spend on the pick.