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Andrew Cashner throws rather hard

Posted on: March 5, 2012 11:08 am
Edited on: March 5, 2012 11:32 am
Andrew CashnerBy Dayn Perry

Andrew Cashner, the 25-year-old right-hander and former Cubs first-rounder who was dealt to the Padres this offseason as part of the Anthony Rizzo swap, may yet fulfill his substantial promise. He was legendarily stingy with the home run coming up through the minors, and he boasts a fairly devastating fastball-slider combo. And then there's this: on Sunday, Cashner had a relaxing, just-stretching-the-legs, easy-breezy sort of outing against the Mariners that consisted of (apologies for the forthcoming all-caps, but it's justified) THROWING 10 FOUR-SEAMERS THAT AVERAGED 102.2 MPH.

Once more for emphasis: Cashner threw 10 pitches in his first official spring outing and averaged comfortably better than 100 mph. He topped out at 103.3, a figure that can safely be called "Aroldissian." I don't normally resort to exclamation marks, but: !.

Velocity, of course, isn't everything and we're talking about a vanishingly small sample of pitches, but if this proves sustainable then Cashner is going to be something to behold in 2012.

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Since: Nov 1, 2006
Posted on: March 8, 2012 1:01 pm

Andrew Cashner throws rather hard

As a Padre fan I would be quite pleased if this trade works out well for us. That said, 102 is great, but in his next outing he had two walks and a hit. Just way too early to judge this. If he can display the needed control, he'll be our closer sooner or later.

Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: March 5, 2012 3:24 pm

Andrew Cashner throws rather hard

The point isn't so much for the Cubs if Cashner does well or not. The issue for them is, of course, if Rizzo does well or not. In both cases, we really don't know yet. Cashner was a fairly high prospect in the Cub organization, and was expected to make the rotation last year, which in fact he did. But an injury ended his year, so we'll see what happens this year.

One former Cub prospect who went elsewhere who threw the ball 100+ MPH is Kyle Farnsworth. I am assuming that the Padres hope that Cashner will turn out to be better than Kyle Farnsworth.

Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: March 5, 2012 2:52 pm

Andrew Cashner throws rather hard

Add this to the news of Soriano leading off and it's just another day in Wrigleyville.

Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: March 5, 2012 2:36 pm

Andrew Cashner throws rather hard

Oops, another Cubbie prospect gonna do good elsewhere. Is Hendry still in charge?
It's an too early to know if this was a mistake or not, Cashner just Pitched one game which don't prove much. Now if he pitch good the whole season with no Injuries that be another story, Even if Cashner prove to be a good Pitcher I doubt that the Cubs will have regrets. There are an lot hard throwing right handed Pitchers

Henry is not in charge and he would never had traded Cashner for Rizzo

Since: Apr 26, 2007
Posted on: March 5, 2012 12:59 pm

Andrew Cashner throws rather hard

Oops, another Cubbie prospect gonna do good elsewhere. Is Hendry still in charge?

Since: Jun 25, 2010
Posted on: March 5, 2012 11:38 am

Andrew Cashner throws rather hard

Cashner was on his way to being a significant part of the Cubs rotation last year, until injuries took him out. He always had a plus fastball and pretty good control with it. That Theo cast him aside for Jed Hoyer to reacquire his favorite boytoy in Rizzo will be intriguing. Both of these guys have huge upside and similarly limited success in the big leagues. Which of these two goes on to have the better 2012 and beyond will tell alot about the talent evaluation abilities of the Cubs new leadership team.  

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