Cashner Right On the Money at Fitch

Cubs 2008 #1 draft pick RHP Andrew Cashner (TCU) made his professional debut today, as the AZL Cubs edged the AZL A's 6-5 this morning at Fitch Park Field #3.

Cashner got the start and threw one inning, allowing one broken-bat opposite field single and one unearned run (the runner who reached base on the single came around to score on a stolen base, a passed ball, and an opposite field sac fly).

Cashner mixed a high-octane heater and biting slider in his one inning of work, striking out the first hitter he faced (looking) on an unhittable slider that crossed the outside corner, and the last hitter in the inning (swinging) on high heat. None of the A's hitters could get around on his pitches. They were behind on every swing. 

All in all and probably not too surprisingly, I would say Cashner acquitted himself quite well in his pro debut (to say the least), and he is probably not too long for Fitch Park. He should be in Boise in very short order.

He looks to be every bit as good as advertised. He reminds me somewhat of Max Scherzer, although Scherzer is more advanced at this point. . 

Offensively, the AZL Cubs juggernaut continued their offensive onslaught, as John Contreras, Nelson Perez, and Sean Hoorelbeke slammed back-to-back-to back solo home runs in the bottom of the 2nd, giving the Cubs a lead they would not relinquish. 

In their next ABs, both Contreras and Perez were plunked in the back with pitches (apparently A's starter Anvioris Ramirez was none too pleased about the AZL Cubs three long flies the first time up)  Fortunately the Cubs pitchers kept their cool and did not retaliate (at least not today...).

And so why do I call the AZL Cubs lineup a :"juggernaut"? I don't know. Maybe it's because Hoorelbeke, Perez, Contreras, and fellow AZL Cub Jericho Jones are now 1-2-3-4 in the AZL in OPS, Perez, Contreras, Hoorelbeke, and Jones are 1-2-3-4 in SLG %, Jones (hitting .409) and Hoorelbeke (hitting .403) are 1-2 in the AZL in BA, Perez and Contreras are tied for the AZL lead in HR with eight, Hoorelebeke is tied for 3rd with five, and Jones is tied for 5th with four, Perez and Contreras are 1-2 in RBI (Perez has 30 in 24 games played and Contreras has 25 in 23 games), Contreras leads the AZL in runs scored with 27, and Perez leads the AZL in triples with eight (in just 24 games!) and fellow AZL Cub Junior Lake is tied for 3rd in triples with four. 

As a team, the AZL Cubs lead the league in HR with 30 (the second best team has 15 HR), BA, SLG, OPS, runs scored, and hits, and the team is second in the league in doubles, triples, and OBP.

Other than that, the AZL Cubs offense just plain sucks.   

 

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Great news, Phil. Thanks as always! Sounds like there are several players that should be moved up soon, not just Cashner...

Maybe it's because Hoorelbeke, Perez, Contreras, and fellow AZL Cub Jericho Jones are now 1-2-3-4 in the AZL in OPS, Perez, Contreras, Hoorelbeke, and Jones are 1-2-3-4 in SLG %, Jones and Hoorelbeke are 1-2 in the AZL in BA, Perez and Contreras are tied for the AZL lead in HR with eight, Hoorelebeke is tied for 3rd with five, and Jones is tied for 5th with four, Perez and Contreras are 1-2 in RBI (Perez has 30 in 24 games played and Contreras has 25 in 23 games), Contreras leads the AZL in runs scored with 27, and Perez leads the AZL in triples with eight (in just 24 games!) and fellow AZL Cub Junior Lake is tied for 3rd in triples with four.

How will Teflon Tim Wilken answer for this?
/sarcasm

and add Cashner to the bullpen mix that I listed earlier...

teflon tim?

that's for people that only care about the in-your-face cubs problems (of which there are at least 10,000,000...most of them elderly men). if you're only going to pay attention to the obvious, you guys are obviously pretty ignorant fans.

the REAL cubs problem is the community affairs liaison coordinator Michael Lufrano.

THAT'S RIGHT MIKE...I'M CALLING YOUR PUNK ASS OUT.

if you idiots would get your heads out your computer geek asses you'd see how obvious it is. i don't know why i share space with you stupid people. geez...

We'd be lucky if we could trade Lufrano for a bag of balls, a used infield rake, and a half can of Simoniz.

So it has to be said: Teflon Mike.

Fantastic, I was hoping you were there for Cashner's debut. Thanks for the report!

How has Larry Suarez looked, he's got 3 short appearances now in the AZL in the last week or so and his numbers look good. Do you think Suarez, Kitt Kopach or Cedric Redmond could be called up to Boise later this season or will they be in rehab mode the rest of the summer?

From looking at the Boise Hawks stats, Jones is the only of those four hitters that seems to have an "easy way", in my opinion, to Boise, since Kyler Burke is the RF in Boise, hitting .186 in 97 AB. As you mentioned before, sending him down to AZL could be the tip he needs to convert to pitcher, and show us what he's got there...
Contreras has Vitters above him in Boise, and he's doing well up there.
Perez has Rundle above him, who is hitting well, but was demoted from Peoria earlier in the season, after stinking it up up there.
Hoorelbeke has Keedy above him, and he's not doing badly... not great, but not bad...
There seem to be quite a few players that Cashner could replace pretty readily on the pitching staff...

With Cashner & Shafer on the verge of moving on to Boise, I bet there will be several other moves done this weekend at several different levels.Some of these players need to be rewarded for their hard work and accomplishments in Mesa.

Wood going to the DL...Wittenmeyer's update

Wood on DL. Backdated 10 days. Club to make corresponding move Fri. Probably Samardzija.

Submitted by Raisin101 on Thu, 07/24/2008 - 4:53pm.

Fantastic, I was hoping you were there for Cashner's debut. Thanks for the report!

How has Larry Suarez looked, he's got 3 short appearances now in the AZL in the last week or so and his numbers look good.

Do you think Suarez, Kitt Kopach or Cedric Redmond could be called up to Boise later this season or will they be in rehab mode the rest of the summer?

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RAISIN: Larry Suarez has looked really good, mainly because he's throwing strikes, which is somewhat unusual for a TJS rehabber just getting back into game action. His breaking ball and change-up are looking very good, and he is throwing his fastball for strikes. (The weird thing is, I don't remember him having particularly good control prior to the injury).

Kitt Kopach pitched again today and struggled with his command. He looks to be really laboring out there. He doesn't seem to be throwing very hard.

Cedric Redmond, though, has been outstanding. While he hung one and got tagged for a HR today (the first run he has allowed so far in six AZL games and 7+ IP), his fastball (with movement) & screwball combo make him a good candidate to join John Muller (who may have the best slider in the organization, IMO) and Dan McDaniel as the late innings guys at Boise.

BTW, Tennessee catcher Mark Reed is at Fitch Park rehabbing from a broken hand or finger (I'm not sure which).

Wood officially placed on the DL retroactive to 7/14 so he'll be able to return on Tuesday vs the beer fellows.

Fantastic, thanks AZ Phil. Would be great to see Redmond end the year at Boise.

Reed broke a finger, not his hand.

Hi Phil, first time poster. On daytona's roster MiLB.com lists Billy Petrick as suspended. He'd been on the DL for weeks. Is he really suspended, and is he is why?

MARTIN: I posted this yesterday in response to HOOK's question... .   

Submitted by Hook on Thu, 07/24/2008 - 2:57am. Noticed that Billy Petrick is now listed as suspended. Any idea what happened?

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HOOK: I'm not exactly sure, but I can tell you that when a player is placed on his club's "Suspended List," it means he either refused to see a club doctor for a physical examination, or refused to engage in required rehab work, or refused to take the field when so ordered, or otherwise was patently insubordinate.

If the player is on a 40-man roster at the time he is placed on the Suspended List (as is the case with Petrick), he does continue to count against his club's 40-man roster. So when a player on a 40-man roster is placed on the Suspended List, he usally doesn't stay there for long. Either the problem is "resolved," or the player gets traded, released, or outrighted to the minors

The MLB "Suspended List" is a completely different list, and it is used for players who are suspended for violation of the prohibited substance ban, or as the result of an on-field incident (usually a fight). A player on a 25-man roster who is placed on the MLB Suspended List for any reason OTHER THAN a violation of the ban on prohibited substances cannot be replaced on his club's 25-man roster by another player and must remain on his club's active roster throughout the length of the suspension.

When a player on a 40-man roster is suspended by MLB for violation of the ban on prohibited substances, the player can be placed on his club's "Restricted List," which basically means the player has taken a club-approved Leave of Absence, usually without pay.

Players on the Restricted List do not count against the club's 40-man roster. A player can also be placed on the Restricted List when the player is attending school, or needs to attend to a pressing legal matter or family situation (not related to death or illness) during the season, as well as when a player fails to return a signed contract for the following season, or fails to report for Spring Training by the mandatory reporting date or to a minor league assignment within the required period.

If a player leaves his club during the season because of a death in the family or family illness, the player can be placed on his club's Bereavement List for a minimum of three days and a maximum of seven days. A player on the Bereavement List continues to get paid but does not count against his club's 25-man roster.

If a player on Bereavement Leave needs more time away beyond seven days (as happened with Cliff Floyd last season), the player can (with club approval) be transferred from the Bereavement List to the Restricted List, but then the club has the option to not pay the player for the period of time the player spends on the Restricted List.

Couple of openings in Boise after Coleman, Harrison and Muller were promoted to Peoria. Wonder who'll get promoted from Mesa...Cashner and Shafer?

So far only Shafer has been promoted to Boise.

Cashner & Hoorelbeke were promoted to Boise,and Julio Castillo was demoted to AZL Cubs ( I don't think he'll even see Mesa from the air when he eventually gets deported).

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