Buckel signed a minor-league deal Friday, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports. The 23-year-old was just released by the Rangers organization on April 27 and will look to rediscover his command with a new franchise. Buckel was pitching in Double-A prior to being released, so it's expected that he will continue his season at the same level.
Buckel, a former top prospect, was released from Double-A Frisco. Buckel has been unable to get his control demons under control in recent years, including walking seven batters in 4.2 innings this season.
After taking home honors as the Rangers' top minor-league pitcher in 2012, Cody Buckel took a big step back in 2013, mostly due to control problems. If really bad numbers make you squeamish, then look away now. The right-handed pitching prospect, who entered last season as a top-100 prospect (No. 87) by MLB.com, lasted just eight outings (seven starts) and was even demoted from Double-A Frisco to the Arizona Rookie League. Buckel was 0-6 with a 21.09 ERA and 4.22 WHIP. He totaled just 10 2/3 innings and walked 29.5 batters per nine innings. Ouch. Yet, despite his awful 2013 season, the Rangers are confident Buckel can regain his form as a top pitching prospect. "Last year was a lost year in a lot of respects, but he never stopped working," general manager Jon Daniels told The Dallas Morning News. Buckel stepped away from the game in August before returning to work in December by spending about three weeks at the pitching-oriented Texas Baseball Ranch in Montgomery. He's now expected to report to the team's minor-league facility in Arizona to resume workouts Friday. "Cody is doing really well," minor-league pitching coordinator Danny Clark said. "His mindset is good. There are a lot of positives from Cody. I feel like Cody is back on track."
After a brief -- and apparently failed -- attempt in the bullpen at Double-A Frisco, the Rangers transferred pitching prospect Cody Buckel to extended spring training, Fox Sports Southwest reports. It's the latest setback in the 20-year-old's development as he was pulled from the starting rotation last week after posting a woeful 18.00 ERA over five games. Buckel appeared in one game out of the bullpen and surrendered three runs and three walks while registering just one out. The right-hander struck out just nine batters while walking 28 over 9 1/3 innings with Frisco before the drop to extended spring.
On the heels of another poor performance with Double-A Frisco last week, the Rangers shifted pitching prospect Cody Buckel to the bullpen in order to help him regain his command, Fox Sports Southwest reports. Buckel, who entered the season as the team's top pitching prospect by MLB.com, was rocked for six runs without recording an out during his fifth start last Saturday. The right-hander dazzled members of the organization last year with his strong strikeout rate -- 159 in 144 2/3 innings over 26 games in Class A and Double-A -- but has flopped this season. Buckel has walked a staggering 25 batters and struck out just nine while permitting 24 runs (18 earned) in just nine innings. He has reached three innings only once and is carrying an 18.00 ERA.