- Full name Cody R. Bunkelman
- Born 02/06/1985 in Eau Claire, WI
- Profile Ht.: 6'3" / Wt.: 225 / Bats: R / Throws: R
- School Itasca CC
- Drafted in the 6th round (167th overall) by the Cleveland Guardians in 2004 (signed for $110,000).
Organization Prospect Rankings
When the Indians drafted Bunkelman out of Itasca (Minn.) Community College, he was a relatively unknown commodity with a raw power arm. Even he was caught off guard when the Indians selected him in 2004's sixth round, but he was so impressive in predraft workouts that they felt they couldn't wait any longer. A star wide receiver at Chippewa Falls (Wis.) High, he was limited to just two games on the gridiron at Itasca because of a foot injury. While he's still raw on the mound, Bunkelman has made impressive strides and could move quickly. He's equipped with a heavy 95 mph fastball and complements it with a wipeout slider. His slider command has improved to the point where he'll use it in any count. His changeup lags behind his other two offerings and will determine whether he winds up as a starter or reliever. For now, he's the most physical starter in the system. Scouts compare his lower half to that of Mark Prior, as Bunkelman has strong legs and huge calves. He repeats his delivery and has great balance and good deception. He'll begin the season in high Class A.