Anthony Andro reports that 2nd rd pick Cody Buckel has signed for 590k. I think this is about 100k over slot but I thought it would take anywhere between 700-900k to get the promising high school righty signed. Glad to be wrong. I'm really looking forward to him getting in some games around the last couple of weeks of the season. He's an advanced pitcher with 4 pitches and AA velo but a smallish right hander, although i read a report some weeks ago that he has already grown a bit in the last year. I should also say that drafting a smallish HS righty is more risky than drafting a smallish HS lefty so it will be interesting to see if he can remain a starter. If his command is as advanced as his repertoire, the real test will come for him in the upper minors (same with Elrin in fact). Here is BA's report on the kid:
Residing close to Hollywood, Buckel relishes a good dramatic flourish. He begins his pregame warm-up by standing on the grass between the mound and second base with the ball in his hand. He races up the backside of the mound, down the front, and fires the ball plateward. A fledgling singer and actor when he isn't striking out hitters, Buckel is undersized for a righthander at 6 feet, 170 pounds. He does flash a big man's fastball at 92-94 mph. Buckel mixes in an excellent array of secondary pitches, with a curveball, changeup and cutter. His pitching idol is Tim Lincecum, and while his stuff is not as electric as the Giants ace's, he still displays the potential for four average to plus deliveries. The primary concern is durability, as he usually loses 3-4 mph on his fastball as a game progresses. Committed to Pepperdine, Buckel projects as either a back-of-the-rotation starter or set-up man in professional baseball.
Here is Perfect Game's profile:
124. CODY BUCKEL, rhp, Royal HS, Simi Valley, Calif.
SCOUTING PROFILE (3/1): Buckel is your prototypical slender 6-footrighthander, but one of the best in that demographic in the country. He hasbeen a high-profile pitcher in the Southern Californiaprep ranks for four years, and his stock for the 2010 draft has gone up thisspring as he opened the season at 7-0, 0.72 with 62 strikeouts and only fivewalks. The highlight game of Buckel’s senior season was a one-walk,10-strikeout no-hitter against Westlake High and its slugging first basemanChristian Yelich, which was watched by dozens of scouts. Buckel also pitchedfor the 2008 U.S. national youth(16-and-under) and 2009 U.S.national junior (18-and-under) teams, going a combined 3-0 with 23 strikeoutsin 14 innings. When not pitching, Buckel plays shortstop for Royal High, and hewas hitting .441-2-18 this spring with 12 successful stolen-base attempts in arow. It’s possible he could end up playing that position at Pepperdine shouldhe fulfill his commitment to that school. Buckel also finds time to sing andact in a stage version of the hit musical “High School Musical.” It’s on themound, though, that Buckel truly shines. He throws from a fast-paced deliveryand a close-to-overhand release point. His fastball is consistently in the90-93 mph range and he throws both a mid-70s curveball and a low-80s slider,although his curve is clearly his best secondary pitch. Buckel has consistentlyshown the ability to repeat his delivery and throw quality strikes.—DAVID RAWNSLEY
UPDATE (5/15): Buckel did his best this spring to overcome scouts’ hesitanceover his size and build by throwing consistently well all season, while alsoplaying shortstop when not pitching. He threw five shutouts en route to a solid11-1, 0.49 record with 14 walks and 115 walks in 71 innings. He also stood outat the plate, hitting .402-5-27.—DR
He has been assigned to the AZL club and will pitch out of the bullpen.