Cody Buckel makes Double-A debut

June, 24, 2012
6/24/12
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FRISCO, Texas-- After putting up impressive numbers in Advanced-A Myrtle Beach, Cody Buckel was called up to Double-A Frisco, where he made his debut Sunday.

The right-hander had an OK outing in his debut, using a lively fastball ranging from 91-93 mph according to the stadium's radar gun, but a two-run third inning put a negative light on the evening. Buckel gave up two earned runs on five hits with three strikeouts and three walks in four innings of work. He threw 83 pitches, including 49 for strikes.

"My mechanics were kind of iffy through the first three [innings]," Buckel said. "I didn't locate the fastball very well, but I'm pleased to see when I don't have what I usually have on a night, I can still compete. I thought I competed pretty well. I can't wait to get back on the mound in five days and hopefully, have better stuff."

Buckel, who is 5-3 with an 1.31 ERA in 13 starts with Myrtle Beach, was selected as a Carolina League mid-season all-star. His ERA is the lowest in the minors. Buckel allowed no more than three runs in each start and zero or one run in nine of his Carolina League starts.

He was excited to hear he was being called up to the RoughRiders.

"I found out the first day after the All-Star break out in Myrtle," Buckel said. "I was really excited to get put here. ... It's a good atmosphere so far. The guys have accepted me, and I hope I can perform well for them."

Before the 2012 season began, Buckel was listed as Rangers' sixth-best prospect by Baseball America. The 6'1", 185 pounder was drafted by Texas in the second round of the 2010 June draft.

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WINS LEADER
Martin Perez
WINS ERA SO IP
3 1.86 20 29
OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Rios .321
HRS. Choo 2
RBIK. Kouzmanoff 10
RE. Andrus 14
OPSS. Choo .932
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