Cubs rookie pitcher Andrew Cashner has looked good on the mound in 2010. He has also earned the praises of his teammates in the clubhouse as well. The Cubs certainly have a bright future with some of their young players, which is certainly something to look forward to especially given the poor play on the field.
Cashner was the Cubs 1st round draft pick in 2008 (the 19th pick overall) and he has appeared in 16 games during the 2010 MLB schedule. Despite an 0-3 record (with all 3 losses coming on 3 consecutive appearances for Cashner back at the end of June), he has put up solid numbers for a rookie reliever. In 18 2/3 innings pitched, he has yielded just 5 earned runs on 17 hits and 9 walks. All good for a 1.39 WHIP and 2.41 ERA. He has also racked up 15 K’s.
More importantly, Cahsner is also winning over his teammates. For example, in Sunday’s 7-0 loss to the Dodgers in L.A., Cashner had the back of his teammate Marlon Byrd. Dodgers’ pitcher Vincent Padilla (who had perfect control and a no-hitter for a good chunk of the game) surprisingly plunked Byrd with a pitch in the 7th inning with the Dodgers leading by 7 runs (Byrd had made “mean” comments about Padilla’s performances and his subsequent trade from the Rangers back in 2008). The next inning, Cashner entered the game in relief and he quickly nailed Dodgers 2nd baseman Blake DeWitt with a pitch. Cashner claimed that he was “a little excited coming into the game” and that the ball somehow “slipped” out of his control during his delivery. Gotta love it. Byrd had this to say — “Cashner is a great teammate.”
Good job Cashner – no better way to earn your stripes than to have the back of your teammates. This guy has good stuff and as we wrote yesterday, I’m really looking forward to the pending Lilly and Silva departures so that maybe Cashner can get back into the starting rotation.