Every baseball player dreams of receiving that phone call. The call of being told that your dream has come true, you are headed to the Big Leagues. On Sunday evening, July 21, Cumberland Baseball alum, Cody Stashak, received that call. The rangy righthanded pitcher from Mays Landing, NJ will join the Minnesota Twins in Minneapolis tonight for their home series against the New York Yankees. Stashak was a member of the Cumberland Dukes Baseball program during the 2013 and 2014 seasons, and is credited as being an integral part of the turnaround success of not only the Baseball program, but Dukes Athletics altogether.
Many around the Vineland campus remember Cody as more than just a pitcher with pinpoint control and blazing velocity. During his Dukes career, Stashak was a force at the plate as well. Stashak was one of the first members of the Dukes 100 Hit Club, finishing his career with 120 hits to go along with 86 RBIs. However, his biggest contributions were made from the mound. At the end of his career, Stashak held the all-time career wins record at Cumberland with 15, with 10 of those wins coming during the historic 2014 season. In that year, Cody had 74 innings pitched, 85 strikeouts, and a 2.31 ERA. In his final pitching appearance of his Cumberland career, Cody pitched a gem to lead the Dukes to victory in Round 2 of the NJCAA DIII World Series against St. Cloud Tech (MN). He went 8.2 innings giving up just 2 hits, 1 run, and struck out 11 batters. At the end of the season, Stashak would receive All-Conference, All-Region, and All-American honors.
A year later, Stashak would find himself pitching for the 2015 Big East Conference Champion, St. John's Red Storm. He would quickly establish himself as a top of the rotation pitcher during the 2015 season for legendary coach, Ed Blankmeyer. The Red Storm would go 41-16 on the year with a regional championship game appearance at Oklahoma State. Stashak would go 7-4 with 16 games started, 85.2 innings pitched, 69 strikeouts, and a 3.57 ERA. Cody would be named the opening game starter at the Stillwater Regional against host, Oklahoma State. His 2015 season would conclude with Stashak being selected in the 13th round of the 2015 Major League Baseball Draft.
Cumberland Athletic Director and Head Baseball Coach, Keith Gorman shared his thoughts on one of his first recruits to Cumberland: "We are so excited for 2014 alumnus and NJCAA All-American Cody Stashak and his family on being called up to the 1st Place Minnesota Twins. Cody is the poster child of why the JUCO route is the right route for so many student athletes. He developed here for two years, then accepted a tremendous athletic/academic scholarship to a fine university in St. John's University. Now he is in the Big Leagues."
Gorman continued in regards to Cody as a person: "Cody is a throwback, an old school athlete. He is not into social media, he has a passion for the outdoors as an avid fisherman and hunter, and he is a fiercely intense competitor on the baseball field. He is one of the most humble, unassuming athletes I have ever been around. I am proud of him, but more importantly, our whole community is proud of him!"
The Twins are scheduled to host the New York Yankees tonight at 8:10 PM EST. For an opportunity to track Cody during his time at the major league level, you can subscribe to MLB.tv through the following link: MLB.tv
Below are a few information links on Cody
Cumberland Career Statistics
NCAA/Professional Career Statistics
2019 Glory Days Magazine article on Cody
Cody's last pitching appearance as a Duke: Game 2 - 2014 NJCAA DIII World Series - St. Cloud Tech (MN) - Site: Tyler, TX
Please Note: Game begins at 7:29 mark
Cody's Triple A Rochester Highlights