Cody Joseph Ponce (pronounced "ponts")… Is a 2012 graduate of Damien (CA) High School...Played three seasons (2013-15) at Cal Poly Pomona, where he earned All-California Athletic Association honors each season...Played for the Brewster Whitecaps in the Cape Cod League following his sophomore season...Earned NCAA second-team All-West Region honors from the ABCA/Rawlings as a freshman.
Began season at the alternate training site in Altoona...Joined the Taxi Squad on 7/30 for the team’s trip to Chicago (NL) and Minnesota...Was officially recalled on 8/2 prior to the game in Chicago...Made Major League debut on 8/2 and suffered the loss; entered game in the 11th inning and surrendered game-winning hit to Javier Baez...Gave up two solo home runs while pitching 3.0 innings on 8/6 vs. Minnesota...Was optioned to alternate training camp on 8/16...Was recalled to start game two of the doubleheader in St. Louis on 8/27; pitched 5.2 scoreless innings to earn his first Major League win (first big league start)...Was optioned back after the game...Was recalled again on 9/4 and started game two of the doubleheader that day vs. Cincinnati; had a no decision (4.0ip/3er)...Was optioned back to alternate training camp following the game...Was recalled a final time to start game one of the doubleheader on 9/14 at Cincinnati; gave up one hit (solo homer to Joey Votto) in 4.0ip, but received a no-decision in 3-1 walk-off loss...Was optioned following game two...Gave up a total of five home runs, accounting for six of the seven runs he allowed...Went 1-0 with a 2.63 ERA (13.2ip/4er) and a .191 batting average against in his three starts and 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA (3.1ip/3r/2er) in his two relief appearances.
Went 2-6 with two saves, a 4.14 ERA (63.0ip/29er) and 70 strikeouts in 34 total appearances (five starts) between Biloxi (Brewers' Double-A), Altoona and Indianapolis...Entered season ranked as Milwaukee's 26th-best prospect according to Baseball America...Began season in Extended Spring Training before reporting to Biloxi on 5/4...Did not allow a run in 16 of his first 21 outings thru 7/5, while posting a 1.74 ERA (31.0ip/6er)...Tossed 8.2 consecutive scoreless innings over six games from 5/26 to 6/13, including four straight 2.0-inning outings from 5/31 to 6/9...Was acquired by Pittsburgh on 7/29 and was assigned to Altoona on 8/1...Recorded three strikeouts while retiring all six batters he faced while picking up his first save as a member of the Pirates organization on 8/5 vs. Richmond...Moved into the starting rotation for his final five appearances...Allowed a pair of runs in 3.0 innings of work in first start on 8/10 vs. Reading...Was promoted to Indianapolis on 8/11...Was charged with six runs (4er) in 4.0 innings while suffering the loss in his Triple-A debut on 8/16 at Lehigh Valley (game two)...Struck out a season-high eight batters while winning his first decision with Indianapolis on 8/21 at Toledo...Went 2-1 with a 2.35 ERA (23.0ip/6er) and 27 strikeouts in five starts for the Peoria Javelinas during the Arizona Fall League...Finished tied for fourth in the Arizona Fall League in strikeouts...Went 1-1 with a 2.03 ERA (13.1ip/3er) in three starts for Team USA in the WSBC Premier 12 Tournament.
Spent entire season with Biloxi...Went 3-5 with a 4.94 ERA (54.2ip/30er) in 11 starts and 4-1 with a 3.57 ERA (40.1ip/16er) in 18 relief appearances...Was named Milwaukee's Minor League Pitcher of the Month for July after going 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA (16.0ip/4er) in six games.
Went 10-9 with a 3.14 ERA (137.2ip/48er) and 103 strikeouts in 25 total starts between Single-A Carolina and Biloxi...Was named to the Carolina League mid-season All-Star team...Ranked second in the league in ERA, third in fewest walks per 9.0 innings (1.88) and fifth in fewest baserunners per 9.0ip (12.08)...Finished tied for second among Brewers minor leaguers in wins and fourth in ERA.
Entered season ranked as Milwaukee's ninth-best prospect according to Baseball America...Spent entire season with Single-A Brevard County of the Florida State League...Began campaign on the seven-day injured list with right forearm inflammation...Was named the Florida State League Pitcher of the Week for the week of 7/4-10 after going 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA (11.0ip/0er) and 17 strikeouts in two starts.
Went 2-1 with a 2.29 ERA (51.0ip/13er) in 14 total appearances (nine starts) between Rookie-level Helena and Single-A Wisconsin during first professional season.