My High School Classmate Is A Major Leaguer—My Thoughts, Feelings, And Reactions

I remember feeling excited when I saw on Facebook that Codi Heuer was drafted by the Chicago White Sox. Words could not describe how well-deserved I thought that was. That excitement multiplied when he finally got called up to the majors. I couldn’t be happier for him..

Codi and I attended high school together all four years. I remember one of the first interactions I had with him. I was at an indoor archery range with my mother and siblings. I waved to him and he waved back. It was really fun getting to know somebody who was interested in archery, just like I was. We didn’t speak much in high school. I do remember we spoke about baseball movies, though. Codi is a nice person from my experience. During the few times I spoke with him, I got the impression that he is a very positive human. I’m happy to have been classmates with someone like him.

Codi is also a talented pitcher, in my opinion. During his senior year of high school, he pitched a complete game shutout, striking out 17 batters. That was a school record. That’s a wonderful way to set forward the events that would lead to a call-up. After graduating high school, Codi enrolled at Kansas’ Wichita State University and played baseball for the university.

Codi and his Wichita State teammates during a mound visit (Credit: Go Shockers)

During his time with the Wichita State, Codi’s Earned Run Average was 5.17 over his three years at the university. He recorded two complete games his junior year and had struck out a total of 144 batters. It’s no wonder he got drafted. With those kinds of statistics, he’s the kind of person you’d want to add to your team to boost the pitching. In addition, I view that as a wonderful precursor to a wonderful career.

The Chicago White Sox drafted him in June 2018, after his third year at Wichita State. He started his career with the Great Falls Voyagers of the Minor League Baseball Rookie League. He won a Pioneer League title with the team. He moved from High-A to Double-A in 2019, which I think is a really impressive promotion. Codi wowed during this time, with a 6-4 record, a 2.39 Earned Run Average, and 65 strikeouts over nearly 70 innings. That is so mind-blowing, at least from my perspective. It is absolutely no wonder why he got called up just before the first regular season Major League Baseball game of 2020.

During his entire minor league career, Codi has enjoyed a 6-5 record, a 3.24 Earned Run Average, and 11 saves. Over 105.2 innings pitched during his entire minor league career, he recorded 100 strikeouts and 1.3 Walks plus Hits per Inning Pitched. Codi’s strikeout average over nine innings is 8.52. I am absolutely impressed with Codi’s performance and those statistics. Honestly, Codi is the kind of person I want to be when I grow up. He’s a very talented and positive member of society.

Codi is all smiles during his tenure with the Great Falls Voyagers (Credit: Great Falls Tribune)

Finally, on July 23, 2020, the White Sox notified him that he was going to be on the roster for the first game of the season. The next night, he pitched a scoreless ninth inning for the White Sox against the Minnesota Twins. He got plenty of congratulatory text messages and a very emotional voicemail from his dad. It’s so wonderful. I am so happy for Codi.

I was so glad that Codi got the call-up. He is as wonderful of an athlete as he is of a person. I actually predict some really amazing things happening for Codi as his career goes on. I believe he will win a Reliever of the Year award very early in his career. In addition, I predict that he will lead his team to a World Series appearance and he might even win World Series Most Valuable Player. I also think he will make a well-deserved appearance at the All-Star Game. I know that he will have a wonderful career filled with recognition and awards. He deserved it!

Congratulations on the call-up, Codi! Very well-deserved! I am so happy for you. I hope you have a wonderful career. I’m so blessed to call you my high school classmate.

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Codi’s Chicago White Sox headshot (Credit: Fort Collins Coloradoan)

SOURCES:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Codi_Heuer

https://www.mlb.com/news/codi-heuer-throws-perfect-frame-in-mlb-debut

https://goshockers.com/sports/baseball/roster/codi-heuer/3368

https://www.baseballamerica.com/players/100008/codi-heuer/

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