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The Top 20 Cubs Prospects - #4 Andrew Cashner

#4 Andrew Cashner

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Prospect #4 Andrew Cashner

A word describes Cashner's stuff: nasty.  A second word adds depth and detail: wild.  Cashner was the 19th overall pick in the 2008 draft, and he proceeded to take Nuke LaLoosh-like stuff with him to the minors.  I bet he even pulled up in a nice convertible.

In his first 20 minor league innings pitched, Cashner struck out 19, walked 23, and had an overall ERA of 5.85.  Pretty ugly.  And yet more than one expert agrees - he's got phenomenal stuff.  The question is, will the Cubs try him as a starter or reliever?  And can he overcome his wildness?

Scouting Report

Cashner's tools:

  • Plus plus slider.  Once he masters the control, it'll be a tremendous out pitch.
  • Should have a good K-Rating.
  • No control.  He's missing so much control that he is thinking about penning a book called "Dude, Where's My Control?"

Summary

Indications are that he will be fast-tracked to the Cubs as a reliever.  He almost certainly won't be ready to pitch in the Majors this year, but 2010 might be his landing date at Wrigley Field.  Oh - and he's another example of how the Cubs only minor league hopes right now come from newly drafted players.

Rating: A-
Odds of reaching the Majors =
Flip a coin
Odds of becoming a successful player at the Major League Level = Assuming he gets there ... on par with the likelihood of Blago being convicted for corruption

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