Our #9 hitter, besides having an excellent summer for the Winchester Royals, is special in another way- he's a second baseman. Getting his kind of production out of that defensive position is pretty rare.
At any rate, Cody Gaskill was a critical piece in the Royals' lineup, pounding out a 323/381/522 line in 47 games and 186 at-bats. He scored 33 runs, drove in 41, an hit 10 doubles and 9 home runs. His BB/K ratio was a solid 18/29. He finished 8th in the league in batting average, 7th in slugging percentage, 2nd in RBI, 4th in home runs, and 5th in total bases (with 97). With the struggles of Winchester's pitching staff, the team had to outhit their opponents, and as evidenced with their 29-21 final record, I would say that the bats did what was required.
Cody played at Volunteer State Community College as a sophomore, and hit .360 in 172 at-bats, with 14 doubles, 3 triples, 18 home runs, and 62 RBI. His slugging percentage was a hefty .791. He was rewarded with 2nd team All-TJCAA at second base. At Tennessee Wesleyan as a junior, Cody continued raking. He hit .392 with a .779 slugging percentage in 240 at-bats, with 26 doubles, 2 triples, 21 home runs, 68 runs, 94 RBI, and a 19/25 BB/K ratio. He was named the Appalachian Athletic Conference Player of the Year, to the All-Conference team, and a 2010 NAIA 1st team All-American at second base.
Picture courtesy of Haymarket Joe Photography!