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Golf Plays Role As Release for Baseball Players

On Sunday, the third of the four major golf championships finished up in wild fashion. Adam Scott, who entered the final round of the British Open with a four shot lead, was up by four shots with four holes to go. He finished the round by bogeying the final four holes and watched the tournament slip away to Ernie Els, who began the day six shots off of the lead.

According to ESPN, the four shot lead was the first time a player gave away a four shot lead or bigger entering the final round of the British Open since Jean Van De Velde’s infamous blow up in 1999.

With golf and baseball being in the same season, it could make following golf tough.

“It’s hard to follow professional golf during the season because we’re always at the field but we always see the highlights on Sportscenter and it’s on in the clubhouses usually so it’s a big deal for us,” RoughRiders pitcher Cody Buckel said.

When they do get the chance though, golf can be a fun sport to watch for those that have played it.

“Just knowing how hard of a sport it is for me and it’s fun to watch them be successful and hit such good shots and knowing how hard it is,” RoughRiders pitcher Richard Belier said.

Despite it being tough to follow at times, golfers still have their favorites. Asked about their favorite golfers, Richard Bleier was quick to say “Tiger Woods”. Buckel had a lesser known favorite golfer.

“I don’t know if you know that I wear PUMA every day and I actually got a chance to meet Rickie Fowler so he’s a pretty cool guy and my favorite player to follow.”

I don’t have the facts to prove it, but generally speaking the only activity that baseball players do more than golf, hunt, and fish is play baseball. If you ask a player what he likes to do in the offseason, a large majority of the players are going to say something along those lines.

For Bleier, golf can be a way to get away.

“I would say it’s stress free but it really isn’t because I’m so competitive. It’s just a lot of fun getting out there with some of the guys and doing something different other than baseball for a little bit.”

Buckel agreed with that assessment.

“The day after you whether you have a good outing or a bad outing, it’s good to get out there and have fun with the guys and just hit the golf ball as far as you can and play around. Yeah. It’s a little bit of time away from the field and get to hang with friends.”

Golf can also be a bonding sport for baseball players, especially pitchers.

“When I signed and became a pro it became a big thing for pitchers to go out and golf.”

 

Written By: Michael Damman

Buckel’s Big Debut


Like Justin Grimm gave the Texas Rangers a lift with his promotion from Frisco to Texas, the Frisco RoughRiders hope that right handed pitcher Cody Buckel can give them a lift after his promotion from Myrtle Beach. The just turned 20 year old (June 18) makes his Double-A debut this evening at Dr Pepper Ballpark against the Corpus Christi Hooks.

Buckel, taken in the 2nd round of the 2010 draft, has taken a bit of the fast track to Frisco. In his first full professional season he went 8-3 with a 2.61 ERA and 1.14 WHIP for the low-A Hickory Crawdads. He posted an 11.2 strikeout per nine ratio (120 strikeouts) and walked just 25 batters in 96.2 innings. Among starters with at least 15 starts, his 4.44 K/BB ratio was 5th in the South Atlantic League.

The Simi Valley, California native has improved his prospect status even more in 2012, however, as he had a break through first half with the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. Buckel went 5-3 with a miniscule 1.31 ERA and 0.98 WHIP in 13 starts. It took five starts before Buckel gave up more than two hits in a start and overall he gave up three or less hits in nine of the starts. He struck out at least eight batters in six starts, including a season high eleven batters on May 17 against the Winston-Salem Dash. That was arguably his best start of the season as he gave up just three hits and one walk over eight shutout innings. Buckel was named to the Carolina League All-Star team and was named the Carolina League pitcher of the week three different times this season.

Drafted out of high school, Cody Buckel doesn’t have a big frame, but it’s hard to argue with the results that come out of it. Rated the #6 prospect in the Texas Ranger’s organization entering 2012, Baseball America’s scouting report of Cody Buckel read as:

“The Rangers haven’t been afraid of taking undersized pitchers in recent drafts, including the 6-foot Buckel. He opted to forego a Pepperdine commitment to sign for $590,000 as a second-round pick in 2010. He opened his first full season in extended spring training and then the Hickory bullpen before going 7-2, 2.04 with a 104-19 K-BB ratio in 17 starts. Buckel’s intelligence, mechanics, and quirkiness are reminiscent of those of his best friend—Trevor Bauer, the No. 3 overall choice in the 2011 draft and his offseason workout partner. As with Bauer, Buckel’s unorthodox and torque-heavy delivery creates deception. While he doesn’t have overpowering stuff, he has a deep four-pitch mix, outstanding pitchability and a fiercely competitive nature. Buckel’s fastball sits at 88-92 mph and touches 94 with armside run. He also throws a plus changeup, an average curveball with big break that he learned from Barry Zito and a short cutter/slider that induces grounders. Some scouts still worry about his size and durability, though his athleticism should help him. Buckel doesn’t have incredible upside, but he has a low floor and could become a solid No. 3 starter. He’ll headline Myrtle Beach’s 2012 rotation and may move quickly because of his advanced feel for pitching.”

In the process he becomes the highest rated pitching prospect in the Ranger’s organization to pitch to date for the RoughRiders. He will be opposed tonight by the Corpus Christi Hooks (and Houston Astros) own top pitching prospect in Jarred Cosart. Here’s a sneak peek at Buckel’s pre-game bullpen session.

-MD

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