Former Yorkton Cardinal pitcher Kody Rock made a successful first step with the Milwaukee Brewers Arizona League affiliate. After starting the season in the WMBL, Rock signed a minor-league contract with the Brewers in July and made the most of his opportunity.
The Canora, Saskatchewan native, who has been playing baseball since he was four, turned his passion into a very productive college career with Mayville State in North Dakota.
Rock also enhanced his pitching skills by competing in summer baseball with Yorkton and the Mankato Moondogs of the Northwoods League.
As a senior with Mayville State in 2017, Rock was 9-4 with a 2.88 earned run average. He also pitched 100 innings, striking out 104 batters while being named to the 2nd team All-Conference in the North Star Athletic Association.
During the 2016 WMBL season in Yorkton, Rock was 5-2 with an excellent 1.91 earned run average. He had 58 strikeouts in 61 innings while also being named the WMBL top pitcher and a 1st team All-Star as a starting pitcher. Those outstanding performances impressed the Milwaukee scouting staff and earned Rock a professional contract.
With the 2017 baby Brewers, Rock saw action in 12 games pitching 19.2 innings. He earned two wins and four saves while compiling a 3.66 ERA. Rock also walked three and struck out 17 batters.
Other summer league grads, Sean Wooten, John Axford, Andrew Albers, Marco Gonzalez, Dan Runzler and Andrelton Simmons found their way to the majors after playing in WMBL.
Rock hopes to climb his way up the ladder within the Brewers organization in 2018 and beyond. All the best to Kody in his professional baseball career!