Cody Scarpettas offseason

Cody Scarpetta pitched for the Timber Rattlers in 2009.  The Rockford Register-Star catches up with him this offseason.

Cody Scarpetta wants to be like his dad.

That means he wants to pitch, yes. But it also means he wants to teach others how to pitch.

“Being a professional baseball player is also doing stuff for kids and being part of your community,” said Scarpetta, an 11th-round draft pick by the Brewers in 2007.

“Milwaukee has special events for fans and community up there. A lot of kids look up to my dad and our family, so I’m glad to give back a little.”

The Scarpetta clan will hold their second annual pitching clinic Dec. 19. Scarpetta’s dad (Dan) and uncle (Dennis) are longtime area baseball coaches and former minor-league pitchers. Cody’s cousins Brett and Ryan also were star NIC-10 pitchers in high school. All five Scarpettas will be instructors at the clinic, started by Cody and Brett last year.

“I used to love hearing my dad tell me about the experiences he learned in pro ball. I want the kids in my community to get the same information I got,” Cody Scarpetta said.

That doesn’t mean Scarpetta is ready to become a coach. He said the Brewers told him he should start the 2011 season in Class AA after a solid year in the Florida State League in high Class A ball.

There is also this:

Scarpetta reports Feb. 13 with pitchers and catchers to the Brewers’ major league camp in Phoenix. The minor league camp is next door. “If you get sent down, you just walk across the street,” Scarpetta said.

He knows he’ll make that walk. But he also thinks this is the year he can establish himself as a true major league prospect.

“It’s going to be a big year for me,” Scarpetta said. “I want to see how far I can get.”

Much of it depends on his control.

“I’m happy with making hitters put the ball in play and going right after them, instead of trying to go around them,” Scarpetta said. “If I’m able to put my fastball wherever I want, and if I can command a secondary pitch whether it’s my change-up, curve or a cutter, I think I’ll be a tough guy.”

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