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South Side Sox Top Prospect No. 52: Codi Heuer

Whether starting or relieving, this lanky righthander has been lights-out as a pro

Coming or going: After starting in his pro debut in 2018, Heuer is now blowing away batters as a Dash closer.
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Codi Heuer
195 pounds
Throws: Right
Age: 22
SSS rank among all right-handed starting pitchers in the system: 12

Heuer, whose surname is pronounced like former Chicago Bears quarterback Brian Hoyer, spent his first two years with the Wichita Shockers as a reliever. In 2018 he moved to the rotation, and peripherals indicated that he was more comfortable in that role. While his college numbers weren’t anything to write home about (5.17 ERA, 1.49 WHIP, .272 OBA, 4.48 BB/9, 9.08 K/9), Heuer posted a credible sophomore season in 79 innings with a 4.31 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, .238 OBA, 4.20 BB/9, and 9.30 K/9. The Sox saw enough of him as a starter to draft him in the sixth round, where he signed for an under-slot, $260,000 bonus.

Heuer had far exceeded his career high in innings in 2018, so he was held to a tight pitch count once he turned pro. In 14 starts, Heuer posted a 4.74 ERA and 1.66 WHIP. In his 38 innings, he allowed 49 hits (.310 OBA) and 14 walks (3.32 BB/9) while fanning 35 (8.29 K/9). The numbers weren’t fantastic, but he was likely battling some fatigue while pitching in a friendly hitting environment.

Heuer actually improved in his last five starts, however, as he ceded only five earned runs and 16 hits in 15 innings while striking out 16. He’s got terrific size, a fastball that peaks at 96 mph, an average-but-improving slider, and a changeup that needs refinement.

As exciting as Heuer’s 2018 was, his 2019 season has gotten off to an even better start. He saw action in one White Sox spring training game, faced one batter, struck him out, and earned a save. Next, Heuer completely bypassed Single-A Kannapolis, instead getting assigned to Single-A+ Winston-Salem, where he has been relieving (and finishing games, with three saves in six appearances). So far, so good in the shift back to the pen: Heuer has a 1.50 ERA, 13 Ks against just two walks, and a 0.833 WHIP through 12 innings.

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2019 South Side Sox Top 100 Prospects

52. Codi Heuer, RHSP
53. Andrew Perez, LHRP
54. Josue Guerrero, LF
55. Jacob Lindgren, LHRP
56. Ryan Cordell, CF
57. Joel Booker, LF
58. Bennett Sousa, LHRP
59. Blake Battenfield, RHSP
60. Caberea Weaver, CF
61. Matt Foster, RHRP
62. Tate Blackman, 2B
63. Hunter Schryver, LHRP
64. Romy González, CF
65. Carlos Perez, C
66. Trey Michalczewski, 3B
67. Taylor Varnell, LHSP
68. John Parke, LHSP
69. Mike Morrison, RHRP
70. Zach Remillard, 3B
71. Luis Martinez, RHSP
72. Zach Lewis, RHSP
73. José Nin, RHRP
74. Colton Turner, LHSP
75. Jhoandro Alfonso, C
76. Ramon Beltre, 2B
77. Charlie Tilson, CF
78. Hunter Kiel, RHRP
79. Jason Bilous, RHSP
80. Nick Johnson, RHRP
81. Danny Dopico, RHRP
82. Harvin Mendoza, 1B
83. Logan Sowers, RF
84. Maiker Feliz, 3B
85. Brayan Herrera, RHSP
86. Craig Dedelow, LF
87. Wilber Pérez, RHSP
88. Kyle Kubat, LHRP
89. Johan Dominguez, RHRP
90. Mitch Roman, 2B
91. Ty Greene, C
92. Tanner Banks, LHSP
93. Jake Elliott, RHRP
94. Kevin Escorcia, LHRP
95. Luis Rodriguez, RHSP
96. Ian Dawkins, LF
97. Victor Diaz, RHRP
98. Travis Moniot, LF
99. Will Kincanon, RHRP
100. Brian Clark, LHRP

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