Recently, West Virginia baseball landed 2024 right handed pitcher Aiden Cody (6-foot, 175-pounds) from Spring Lake Heights, New Jersey. Cody took the time to speak with WV Sports Now on his recent commitment to the program.
Cody was originally a 2023 recruit, but reclassified to 2024 and plans on taking a gap year to focus on preparing for college baseball after graduating from high school next year. He chose West Virginia over the likes of Seton Hall and Boston College.
“I mostly chose West Virginia because of the coaching staff,” said Cody. “They treated me really well over the whole recruiting process. Obviously it helps that West Virginia is in a great conference and has amazing facilities there. When I went to West Virginia, I honestly loved everything about it.”
Cody is a level nine recruit on Perfect Game, which means a “potential top 10 round pick and/or highest level college prospect.” To compare that to a traditional star rating, Cody would likely be listed as a four-star recruit.
Cody participated in a Perfect Game event where some of his physical traits were measured. At the event, he registered a fastball that topped out at 90 mph while running a 4.87 40-meter dash. Over the past year, his fastball has registered a two mph increase.
Interestingly enough, Cody mentioned his fastball as one of the pitches that he would like to improve on. He mentioned improving his fastball command as well as his change-up as things he could improve.
“I think there’s maybe like two things I can improve on,” said Cody. “Kind of getting more of a feel for my change up, probably, and getting a little bit better with my fastball command. I think anybody can improve on that side of things.”
It’s his slider that he says is his best pitch. Perfect Game described his slider as “a good second pitch with good arm speed and some lateral break, flashed big sweep when out front” which is different of what Cody said.
”It’s definitely my slider,” said Cody. “Definitely that’s my best pitch. That’s kind of what caught the eye of the coaches at West Virginia, that pitch. I have the ability to throw it really hard and throw guys off with it.
“If they just get contact against the pitch, it’s never really been a pitch that hitters have been able to figure out yet. So hopefully, they never do. I love throwing it, I love throwing it more than my fast ball honestly, it’s definitely a pitch that’s my number one.”
Cody is looking to study as a business major in college, likely one with a sports focus. His intention though is to go pro, assuming the MLB does come knocking down the line.
”That’s the hope, that’s the goal,” said Cody. “I don’t think you want to play at a high level at any college or place only for it to end there. So I hope to eventually get drafted, whether it’s the 2024 draft or my junior year at West Virginia.”