Milwaukee announced the release of former pitching prospect Cody Scarpetta Saturday after the Rockford, Ill. native was unable to bounce back from a myriad of injuries during the latter portion of his career.
Scarpetta, 25, was rated as high as second in the Brewers’ organization by MLB.com at the early portion of his career with a sharp curveball.
The right-hander from Guilford High School was drafted by Milwaukee with the 11th round pick in 2007 and quickly climbed the Brewers’ organizational leader.
Scarpetta struck out a phenomenal 58 batters in 36.1 innings during his inaugural 2008 campaign splitting time between Pioneer League Helena and the Arizona League Brewers.
In his 12 appearances during the initial season, he allowed just 16 walks and nine earned runs but had just a 2-0 record.
The following season, he was rated as having the best breaking pitch in the Midwest League while pitching for Single A Wisconsin.
Through 105 innings and 18 starts for the Timber Rattlers, he accumulated 116 strikeouts and 55 walks but came away with a 4-11 record.
Baseball America rated Scarpetta as the Brewers’ fourth overall prospect after his 2010 season with High A Brevard County striking out 142 batters in 128 innings for the Manatees. It also marked a career high 27 starts including his sole complete game.
While he was noted as having a sharp curveball throughout his career, it became a liability for him.
The pitcher suffered a setback during Spring Training in 2012 when he injured his throwing arm and necessitated Tommy John Surgery.
Consequently, Milwaukee outrighted him off the team’s 40-man roster along with infielder Eric Farris after the 2012 season.
Scarpetta was never the same and fell off the Brewers’ radar screen which led to his first release by the Brewers’ organization.
Milwaukee decided to re-sign him and allow him another opportunity to make a rebound but could not during his limited action in 2013.
In 11 starts for the High A Brevard County Manatees in 2013, he allowed 27 earned runs through 34 innings for a 7.15 ERA.
Brewers’ Player Development officials gave the pitcher as many opportunities to succeed during the final stretch of the 2013 but could not convince the organization he was back in form.