Scottsdale, Arizona —— Earlier this week at the Arizona Fall League, we caught up with New York Yankees right-handed pitching prospect Cody Carroll. A 25-year-old reliever who split 2017 between High-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton, Carroll shows off a serious power profile in late-inning bullpen work: an upper 90s fastball mixed in with a hard power slider and a split-fingered fastball that drops off the table with some late arm-side movement. It’s not everyday you see a power relief arm with good feel for a splitter at this level, either, so I wanted to talk to Cody Carroll about how he throws that pitch (and the rest of his repertoire), what he keys in on to make it work, and the value of pre-game catch work and side sessions in developing the arsenal he has today.
You can watch our discussion, and his show of pitch grips for his arsenal, right here:
The New York Yankees may have themselves an interesting late relief option looking ahead here to 2018. The tall, lanky Cody Carroll finished with 89 strikeouts and a .191 opponents’ batting average over 67.1 total innings in 2017, and that hard-hard arsenal with lots of late downward life and plane from all three pitches is ideal to miss bats at the highest level. He has some deception in his delivery and makes for a remarkably uncomfortable at-bat to right-handed hitters, specifically — and as a reliever he could move quickly now that he’s shown an ability to adjust to big tests at Double-A and the AFL in quick succession.
So instead of just hearing Cody Carroll talk about it, how about seeing his repertoire in action over the last few weeks at the Arizona Fall League, too?
We’ve got a pair of videos for that, both taken during recent outings throwing for the Scottsdale Scorpions:
I believe Cody Carroll is going to sneak up on some people in 2018 and could reach New York by the second half of the year (assuming health, etc.). His power profile is really, truly exceptional and he’s getting some bad, uncomfortable swings from remarkably good hitters early on out here at the Arizona Fall League — a good sign of things to come in his career over the next few seasons. Ultimately, I think he’ll settle in as a late-inning set-up guy capable of missing bats in high-leverage situations but likely just sitting outside a true closer role in the big leagues. If he improves his command profile a bit with further development, he could easily out-pitch my projection, though. Above all, that upper-90s fastball gives Cody Carroll significant margin for error, and he’s going to enjoy some success over the next few years thanks to his repertoire.
By the way — if you liked our pitch grips video with New York Yankees prospect Cody Carroll, please click here and subscribe to the Baseball Census YouTube channel. We have another one coming out next week with Seattle Mariners prospect Art Warren, and we’ll be putting together a few more across the rest of Arizona Fall League.