The fourth youngest player on a Carolina League roster, Pelicans pitcher Cody Buckel was named the league’s Pitcher of the Week for April 30th – May 6th. The announcement was made by league commissioner John Hopkins on Monday.
It’s the second time Buckel’s earned the honor, after capturing the award for the first week of the season. He is the first player in 2012 to take the title twice.
Buckel, 19, from Simi Valley, CA, went 1-0 last week, firing a career high seven innings in his lone start at Frederick on Thursday. He allowed only three hits, all singles, and did not allow a hit from the game’s second batter until the third batter of the sixth inning. The righty struck out eight and allowed only one out through the air.
Buckel is only the 11th teenager in Myrtle Beach Pelicans history. Seven of the previous ten have gone on to Major League careers. The last teens to don Pelicans Blue were Julio Teheran and Arodys Vizcaino in 2010.