The 11th best reliever in the 2015 Valley League season is Covington’s Cody Strayer, from Shawnee State! In Cody’s second full season in the Valley, he was fantastic out of the pen, and also had one of the gutsiest performances of the summer.
First, the bullpen: Cody went 0-3, 1.17, with 7 saves, a 1.205 WHIP, 2.9 BB/9, and 7.6 K/9 in 30 2/3 innings. He tied for the league lead in saves. In 2014, also for Covington, Cody was a starter, and went 3-2, 3.40 in 50 2/3 innings.
Cody made one start, and that start was a performance that isn’t often seen in a summer league. On July 24th, against Charlottesville (in Covington), Cody threw an incredible 144 pitches over 11 innings of work. He faced 46 batters, and allowed only 9 hits, 1 walk, 3 runs (1 earned), and struck out 6. Unfortunately, he did not earn the win, but the Lumberjacks did go on to win in the 13th inning. Cody very clearly “took one for the team” in this contest. 144 pitches? I’m not sure I’ve ever seen that in the Valley.
Cody has finished three full seasons for Shawnee, an NAIA school. As a freshman in 2013, he went 3-6, 3.71 in 85 innings, while allowing 103 hits, 35 walks, and striking out 38. The next year we went 5-8, 4.01, with 87 hits, 30 walks, and 45 strikeouts in 83 innings pitched. As a junior in 2015, Cody went 1-6, 5.47, with 37 hits, 41 walks, and 32 strikeouts in 49 1/3 innings.
For some reason, Cody is not listed on the 2016 Shawnee roster, and an attempt to contact Cody was unsuccessful. At any rate, congrats on the excellent 2015 Valley League season, Cody!