Ferrell Has a Storybook Beginning
Dave Roberts | On 19, Jul 2013
An inside the park home run is something of a rarity in professional baseball so when Scrappers outfielder Cody Ferrell connected for one in front of the home crowd the excitement had to be hard to contain.
“I was rounding first base and I saw him run into the wall and fall down so I just kept running,” Ferrell said excitedly. “Coach waved me and I just kept running. You know it was exciting we had a lot of fans that day so it was pretty neat to hear the roar of the crowd.”
For 23-year-old Cody Ferrell this entire experience of playing professional baseball creates a sense of uncontainable excitement. His pathway to professional baseball is not exactly the one he may have hoped for but one that he is so very grateful.
Ferrell grew up in McCloud, Oklahoma, a small country town outside of Oklahoma City. Baseball was a love affair that started early in his life and of course fostered dreams of a career as a big league ballplayer.
“My grandparents got me started playing when I was three or four years old,” Ferrell recalled. “I’ve been playing ever since and it’s my passion. My dream is to become a big league baseball player you know and that’s what I’m trying to do.”
During his time in high school, he lettered in both baseball and football playing for McCloud High. Baseball emerged though as his most talented sport. During his senior year in 2009, he hit .488 with 12 homers 48 RBIs and 24 stolen bases. He was named first-team Oklahoman all state.
Ferrell took those stellar numbers with him on a full-ride to Seminole State Junior College where he put together two solid seasons before transferring to Oklahoma City University for his final two. During the summers of 2011 and 2012 Ferrell played two seasons with the Mankato Moon Dogs in Minnesota, a member of the Northwoods League, a collegiate summer baseball league.
His senior year at Oklahoma City he played in 62 games where he posted a .315 average to go along with nine home runs 32 RBIs and 34 steals.
“It went pretty good,” Ferrell said in regards to his college career. “My last two years my average wasn’t as high as I’d liked it to be but everything else was really good.”
After finishing up his college career in early 2013 Ferrell entered the MLB draft in hopes of continuing his playing career. Although he wasn’t drafted Ferrell did all he could to stay in shape for if and when a team called.
“I just worked out and stayed in shape,” Ferrell said plainly. “Try to play catch and do what I could just to stay prepared.”
Then roughly three weeks after the draft Ferrell received a phone call from the Cleveland Indians. They offered him a free agent minor league contract for the 2013 season.
“They just called me out of the blue saying they were giving me a free agent contract,” Ferrell said with a huge smile on his face. “The scout for the Cleveland Indians was the recruiter from Seminole State Junior College and a coach whenever I went to Seminole State. He was the one who called me and got me the free agent deal.”
For a kid playing baseball his entire life this phone call is something out of a storybook, but for Ferrell it’s just the beginning.
“I was pumped up probably the happiest I’ve been in a long time,” Ferrell said with a gleeful look. “Just thankful to get the opportunity and I love it here and I hope to keep getting opportunities going forward.”
Coming out of Oklahoma City University, Ferrell’s scouting report pinned him as an excellent fielder, a powerful bat, and a terror on the basepaths. The hope for Ferrell this season is to show the Indians that he does possess all those traits so they keep him around.
So far in 15 games in Short Season Single A Mahoning Valley, Ferrell owns a .268 batting average with a home run and two RBIs. What is notable though is in those 15 games Ferrell has scored seven times showing his ability to run the base paths. Meanwhile the fans of Eastwood Field have been treated to some spectacular catches in the outfield by the young center fielder.
If Ferrell had any apprehension about his ability to play in professional baseball, it hasn’t shown in the early part of the season. As the season continues to roll on, he continues to make strides in right the direction, which is all part of his goals for the season.
“My goal is to get invited back next year, to get to move up,’ Ferrell joked. “I want to keep my career going and not get cut.”
Although Ferrell may have an unorthodox pathway to professional baseball, he appears just as promising a young prospect as anybody else on the Scrappers club. Moreover, even though the young outfielder relishes every moment spent on the field, the evening where he slapped an inside the park home run will certainly stand out as one of the finer ones.