Cody Eppley

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Cody Eppley
Cody Eppley on May 15, 2012.jpg
Eppley with the New York Yankees
Southern Maryland Blue Crabs – No. 40
Born: (1985-10-08) October 8, 1985 (age 32)
Dillsburg, Pennsylvania
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
April 23, 2011, for the Texas Rangers
MLB statistics
(through 2013 season)
Win–loss record 2–3
Earned run average 4.61
Strikeouts 39
Walks 22

Cody Allen Eppley (born October 8, 1985) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. He has played in Major League Baseball for the Texas Rangers and New York Yankees.

Amateur career[edit]

Eppley attended Northern High School in Dillsburg, Pennsylvania, where he pitched for the school's baseball team.[1][2] He then enrolled at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), where he played college baseball for the VCU Rams baseball team, competing in the Colonial Athletic Association of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division I.

Professional career[edit]

Texas Rangers[edit]

Eppley pitching for the Texas Rangers in 2012 spring training.

The Texas Rangers drafted Eppley in the 43rd round of the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft.

He pitched for the Arizona Rangers of the Rookie-level Arizona League and Clinton Lumber Kings of the Class A Midwest League in 2008. He was named an Arizona League All-Star. Eppley played for the Hickory Crawdads of the Class A South Atlantic League in 2009. The Rangers promoted Eppley to the Bakersfield Blaze of the Class A-Advanced California League to begin the 2010 season, and then promoted him to the Frisco RoughRiders of the Class AA Texas League in May and Oklahoma City RedHawks of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League (PCL) in July. He was assigned to the Round Rock Express, the Rangers' new PCL affiliate, in 2011.

Eppley was called up to the majors for the first time on April 23, 2011.[3] He was optioned back to the minors in May.[4]

The Rangers designated Eppley for assignment at the end of spring training in 2012.[5] The Yankees claimed him off waivers.

New York Yankees[edit]

Eppley started the 2012 season with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees of the Class AAA International League. They recalled him on April 19,[6] then optioned him to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after long reliever D. J. Mitchell was recalled to the Yankees on April 29, 2012.[7] Eppley was 0-0 with a 1.69 ERA in 4 games with New York.

On May 4, 2012, Eppley was called back up to the parent club to take Mitchell's roster spot, along with outfielder DeWayne Wise after pitcher Mariano Rivera sustained an Anterior cruciate ligament tear. He was optioned back to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and recalled again on May 15 to replace David Robertson, who strained an oblique muscle.[2]

Eppley made the Yankees Opening Day roster in 2013, but after giving up 4 runs in 1.2 innings, he was optioned to Triple-A.[8] After pitching to an 8.53 ERA with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre through 19 games in the 2013 season, the Yankees released Eppley on June 5.[9]

Minnesota Twins[edit]

On June 14, the Minnesota Twins signed Eppley to a minor league contract, and assigned him to the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings of the International League. He opted out of his contract August 21.[10] In 22 appearances with Rochester, he was 2-0 with a 4.88 ERA, striking out 20 in 24 innings.

Lancaster Barnstormers[edit]

Eppley made 6 appearances with the Lancaster Barnstormers of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball in September, going 0-1, giving up 1 run in 4.1 innings with 4 strikeouts. Despite now pitching in independent baseball, Eppley said, "being able to get out and wake up every morning and go to the ballpark, that's what it's all about."[11]

Pittsburgh Pirates[edit]

Eppley signed a minor league deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates on November 26, 2013.[12] Eppley gave up 2 runs in 5.2 innings over 7 appearances with 3 saves in Spring Training. He began the season with Triple-A Indianapolis, where in 13 games, he was 2-1 with a 6.43 ERA. On June 19, Eppley was released by the Pirates.[13]

Southern Maryland Blue Crabs[edit]

Eppley signed with the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs for the 2015 season. He spent all of 2015 and 2016 with the team and on March 30, 2017, he resigned with the team.[14] On April 18, 2018, he resigned with the team for the 2018 season.

Pitching style[edit]

Eppley throws with an unusual sidearm delivery. He throws a four-seam fastball and sinker in the high 80s. He also has a slider in the low 80s and an occasional changeup. Eppley's low arm slot makes him very effective against right handed batters, but also largely ineffective against left handed batters. It also allows him to generate a very large number of groundballs.[15]


  1. ^ Central PA (2011-05-20). "Cody Eppley, Texas Rangers on the road to Philly -". Retrieved 2013-06-06. 
  2. ^ a b Central PA. "New York Yankees place RHP David Robertson on DL; recall former Northern ace Cody Eppley |". Retrieved 2013-06-06. 
  3. ^ Neftali Feliz placed on 15-day DL
  4. ^ Grant, Evan (2011-05-23). "Rangers recall Japanese reliever Tateyama to help struggling bullpen | - News for Dallas, Texas - SportsDayDFW". Retrieved 2013-06-06. 
  5. ^ "Rangers Announce 2012 Opening Day Roster". 2012-04-04. Retrieved 2013-06-06. 
  6. ^ "Gardner lands on DL with right elbow injury | News". Retrieved 2013-06-06. 
  7. ^ "Reliever Mitchell called up; Eppley optioned | News". Retrieved 2013-06-06. 
  8. ^ McCullough, Andy (April 6, 2013). "Yankees option Cody Eppley to minors to make room for Phil Hughes". The Star-Ledger. 
  9. ^ "Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders Blog » Huge roster shuffle for RailRiders". Retrieved 2013-06-06. 
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  11. ^ Bristol, Jason (September 5, 2013). "Down from majors, Eppley thankful for Barnstormers opportunity". WHP CBS 21 Harrisburg. 
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  13. ^ Todd, Jeff (June 19, 2014). "Pirates Release Cody Eppley". MLB Trade Rumors. 
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  15. ^ "PITCHf/x Player Card: Cody Eppley". Retrieved 28 April 2012. 

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