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2019 Projections (Rest of Season Projections - seasonal age 32)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
0.7 4.87 1.47 0 0 0 0 0.0
Birth Date9-11-1986
Height6' 6"
Weight235 lbs
Age33 years, 2 months, 27 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
1.82015
-1.22016
-0.02017
-2.42018
0.02019
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

Historical (past-seasons) WARP is now based on DRA..
cFIP and DRA are not available on a by-team basis and display as zeroes(0). See TOT line for season totals of these stats.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA- WARP
2010 CHN MLB 53 0 54.3 2 6 0 55 30 50 8 96 9.1 5.0 1.3 8.3 0% .301 1.56 5.05 4.80 104 5.04 113.7 -0.1
2011 CHN MLB 7 1 10.7 0 0 0 3 4 8 1 100 2.5 3.4 0.8 6.8 0% .077 0.66 3.83 1.69 89 3.32 77.2 0.2
2012 SDN MLB 33 5 46.3 3 4 0 42 19 52 5 95 8.2 3.7 1.0 10.1 0% .311 1.32 3.58 4.27 75 2.59 59.4 1.3
2013 SDN MLB 31 26 175.0 10 9 0 151 47 128 12 99 7.8 2.4 0.6 6.6 0% .269 1.13 3.32 3.09 95 3.50 83.8 3.0
2014 SDN MLB 19 19 123.3 5 7 0 110 29 93 7 92 8.0 2.1 0.5 6.8 0% .274 1.13 3.06 2.55 93 2.83 69.3 3.0
2015 SDN MLB 31 31 184.7 6 16 0 200 66 165 19 92 9.7 3.2 0.9 8.0 0% .330 1.44 3.88 4.34 96 4.26 99.4 1.8
2016 MIA 0 12 11 52.7 1 4 0 62 30 45 6 93 10.6 5.1 1.0 7.7 47% .352 1.75 4.72 5.98 108 6.04 133.6 -0.4
2016 SDN 0 16 16 79.3 4 7 0 80 30 67 13 91 9.1 3.4 1.5 7.6 49% .291 1.39 4.98 4.76 111 6.24 138.2 -0.8
2017 TEX MLB 28 28 166.7 11 11 0 156 64 86 15 111 8.4 3.5 0.8 4.6 49% .266 1.32 4.59 3.40 114 5.58 118.7 0.0
2018 BAL MLB 28 28 153.0 4 15 0 177 65 99 25 106 10.4 3.8 1.5 5.8 42% .311 1.58 5.36 5.29 121 6.69 149.4 -2.4
2019 BAL 0 17 17 96.3 9 3 0 86 29 66 11 105 8.0 2.7 1.0 6.2 50% .256 1.19 4.29 3.83 103 4.74 97.2 1.0
2019 BOS 0 25 6 53.7 2 5 1 58 29 42 8 108 9.7 4.9 1.3 7.0 49% .325 1.62 5.40 6.20 116 5.71 117.2 0.0
2016 TOT MLB 28 27 132.0 5 11 0 142 60 112 19 92 9.7 4.1 1.3 7.6 48% .316 1.53 4.88 5.25 110 6.16 136.3 -1.2
2019 TOT MLB 42 23 150.0 11 8 1 144 58 108 19 106 8.6 3.5 1.1 6.5 49% .280 1.35 4.69 4.68 108 5.09 104.3 1.0
CareerMLB3001881196.05787111804429011301008.93.31.06.849%.2851.364.254.101044.77106.76.6

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg LG G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA-
2008 BOI A- NWN 6 4 16.3 1 1 0 19 19 16 1 106 10.5 10.5 0.6 8.8 0% .375 2.33 6.04 4.97 124 7.55 154.6
2008 DAY A+ FSL 1 1 2.7 0 1 0 4 4 1 0 100 13.3 13.3 0.0 3.3 0% .364 2.96 6.91 13.33 102 3.67 75.1
2008 CUB Rk AZL 1 1 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 98 9.0 0.0 0.0 18.0 0% .500 1.00 0.07 0.00 75 5.07 103.8
2009 DAY A+ FSL 12 12 42.0 0 0 0 31 15 34 1 100 6.6 3.2 0.2 7.3 0% .250 1.10 3.17 1.50 94 3.32 69.8
2009 TEN AA SOU 12 12 58.3 3 4 0 45 27 41 0 94 6.9 4.2 0.0 6.3 0% .253 1.23 3.18 3.40 101 3.67 77.2
2009 MSS Wnt AFL 6 6 19.7 2 3 0 22 5 19 2 10.1 2.3 0.9 8.7 0% .345 1.37 4.54 4.57 0 0.00 0.0
2010 CHN MLB NL 53 0 54.3 2 6 0 55 30 50 8 96 9.1 5.0 1.3 8.3 0% .301 1.56 5.05 4.80 104 5.04 113.7
2010 TEN AA SOU 6 6 36.0 3 1 0 22 13 42 1 103 5.5 3.3 0.3 10.5 0% .253 0.97 2.48 2.75 0 0.00 0.0
2010 IOW AAA PCL 5 3 21.0 3 0 0 17 2 17 0 108 7.3 0.9 0.0 7.3 0% .283 0.90 2.39 0.86 0 0.00 0.0
2011 CHN MLB NL 7 1 10.7 0 0 0 3 4 8 1 100 2.5 3.4 0.8 6.8 0% .077 0.66 3.83 1.69 89 3.32 77.2
2011 TEN AA SOU 3 3 2.7 0 1 0 3 0 6 0 126 10.1 0.0 0.0 20.3 0% .600 1.13 -1.21 6.75 38 3.25 66.3
2011 IOW AAA PCL 2 0 2.0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 9.0 0% .000 0.00 1.78 0.00 81 3.00 61.2
2012 SDN MLB NL 33 5 46.3 3 4 0 42 19 52 5 95 8.2 3.7 1.0 10.1 0% .311 1.32 3.58 4.27 75 2.59 59.4
2012 SAN AA TEX 3 3 14.3 2 0 0 10 3 22 0 98 6.3 1.9 0.0 13.8 0% .345 0.91 1.25 1.88 42 2.58 53.7
2012 TUC AAA PCL 3 3 9.0 0 1 0 8 2 8 0 112 8.0 2.0 0.0 8.0 0% .308 1.11 2.55 3.00 76 2.75 57.3
2013 SDN MLB NL 31 26 175.0 10 9 0 151 47 128 12 99 7.8 2.4 0.6 6.6 0% .269 1.13 3.32 3.09 95 3.50 83.8
2014 SDN MLB NL 19 19 123.3 5 7 0 110 29 93 7 92 8.0 2.1 0.5 6.8 0% .274 1.13 3.06 2.55 93 2.83 69.3
2014 LEL A+ CAL 1 1 2.0 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 81 4.5 0.0 0.0 13.5 0% .250 0.50 0.73 0.00 75 3.07 65.0
2014 ELP AAA PCL 2 2 7.7 0 2 0 7 2 7 3 103 8.2 2.3 3.5 8.2 0% .191 1.17 7.73 7.04 96 3.20 67.7
2015 SDN MLB NL 31 31 184.7 6 16 0 200 66 165 19 92 9.7 3.2 0.9 8.0 0% .330 1.44 3.88 4.34 96 4.26 99.4
2016 MIA MLB NL 12 11 52.7 1 4 0 62 30 45 6 93 10.6 5.1 1.0 7.7 47% .352 1.75 4.72 5.98 108 6.04 133.6
2016 SDN MLB NL 16 16 79.3 4 7 0 80 30 67 13 91 9.1 3.4 1.5 7.6 49% .291 1.39 4.98 4.76 111 6.24 138.2
2016 LEL A+ CAL 1 1 3.0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 86 6.0 0.0 0.0 3.0 70% .200 0.67 3.04 0.00 105 3.60 79.5
2017 TEX MLB AL 28 28 166.7 11 11 0 156 64 86 15 111 8.4 3.5 0.8 4.6 49% .266 1.32 4.59 3.40 114 5.58 118.7
2018 BAL MLB AL 28 28 153.0 4 15 0 177 65 99 25 106 10.4 3.8 1.5 5.8 42% .311 1.58 5.36 5.29 121 6.69 149.4
2019 BAL MLB AL 17 17 96.3 9 3 0 86 29 66 11 105 8.0 2.7 1.0 6.2 50% .256 1.19 4.29 3.83 103 4.74 97.2
2019 BOS MLB AL 25 6 53.7 2 5 1 58 29 42 8 108 9.7 4.9 1.3 7.0 49% .325 1.62 5.40 6.20 116 5.71 117.2

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr%
2010 925 0.4908 0.4335 0.7382 0.6035 0.2696 0.8066 0.5906 0.2618
2011 147 0.4558 0.4694 0.7826 0.6269 0.3375 0.9048 0.5926 0.2174
2012 785 0.4713 0.4662 0.7158 0.6486 0.3036 0.7750 0.6032 0.2842
2013 2673 0.5166 0.4564 0.7975 0.6365 0.2639 0.8498 0.6628 0.2025
2014 1781 0.5216 0.4694 0.8098 0.6405 0.2829 0.8824 0.6307 0.1902
2015 3167 0.4872 0.4506 0.7968 0.6176 0.2919 0.8772 0.6350 0.2032
2016 2352 0.4392 0.4226 0.8119 0.6099 0.2760 0.9048 0.6511 0.1881
2017 2629 0.5051 0.4454 0.8506 0.6386 0.2483 0.9127 0.6873 0.1494
2018 2646 0.4603 0.4316 0.8275 0.6494 0.2458 0.8989 0.6667 0.1725
2019 2508 0.4569 0.4526 0.7744 0.6483 0.2878 0.8546 0.6224 0.2256
Career196130.48280.44670.80230.63300.27250.87480.64630.1977

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-06-19 2014-08-23 15-DL 65 55 Right Shoulder Inflammation -
2014-05-14 2014-06-07 15-DL 24 21 Right Elbow Strain - -
2012-12-05 2012-12-05 Off 0 0 Right Thumb Surgery Lacerated Tendon 2012-12-05 -
2012-09-15 2012-10-03 DTD 18 16 Right Shoulder Strain Latissimus Dorsi -
2012-07-04 2012-09-01 15-DL 59 51 Right Shoulder Strain Latissimus Dorsi - -
2011-04-06 2011-09-05 60-DL 152 135 Right Shoulder Strain Rotator Cuff -
2010-07-26 2010-07-26 DTD 0 0 - General Medical Illness -
2009-04-09 2009-04-29 Minors 20 0 Left Abdomen Strain Oblique - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2020 BAL $
2019 BAL $9,500,000
2018 BAL $6,500,000
2017 TEX $10,000,000
2016 SDN $7,150,000
2015 SDN $4,050,000
2014 SDN $2,400,000
2013 SDN $500,800
2012 SDN $486,100
2011 CHN $427,500
YearsDescriptionSalary
8 yrPrevious$31,514,400
2019Current$9,500,000
9 yrPvs + Cur$41,014,400
9 yrTotal$41,014,400

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
9 y 126 dCAA Sports2 years/$16M (2018-19), 2020 option

Details
  • 2 years/$16M (2018-19), plus 2020 option. $3M signing bonus, paid in two installments of $1.5M each on Jan. 15 in 2020 and 2021. 18:$5M, 19:$8M, 20:$10M option. 2020 option guaranteed with 340 innings in 2018-19. 2020 becomes player option with 360 innings in 2018-19. Annual performance bonuses based on games started and innings pitched: $0.25M each for 10,15 GS. $0.625M for 20 GS. $0.4M for 30 GS. $0.25M each for 110, 120 IP. $0.275M for 130 IP. $0.35M for 140 IP. $0.75M for 150 IP. $0.4M each for 170, 180, 190, 200 IP. Acquired by Boston in trade from Baltimore 7/13/19 with $3,354,839 remaining on contract. Orioles pay Red Sox $1,777,839 as part of the deal, with Boston responsible for $1,577,000. (Orioles also agreed to make contingent payments to cover performance bonuses Cashner might earn in 2019.) Boston declined 2020 option 11/19.
  • 1 year/$10M (2017). Signed by Texas as a free agent 11/21/16.
  • 1 year/$7.15M (2016). Re-signed by San Diego 1/15/16 (avoided arbitration). Acquired by Miami in trade from San Diego 7/29/16 with $2,539,618 remaining on contract. Padres to pay Marlins $2,171,257 in cash as part of the deal.
  • 1 year/$4.05M (2015). Re-signed by San Diego 1/16/15 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$2.4M (2014). Won arbitration with San Diego 2/8/14 ($2.4M-$2.275M).
  • 1 year/$0.5008M (2013). Re-signed by San Diego 3/9/13.
  • 1 year/$0.4861M (2012). Acquired by San Diego in trade from Chicago Cubs 1/5/12. Signed by San Diego 3/8/12.
  • 1 year/$0.4275M (2011). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 3/11.
  • 1 year (2010). Contract purchased by Chicago Cubs 5/31/10.
  • Drafted by Chicago Cubs 2008 (1-19) (TCU). Signed 7/08, $1.54M signing bonus.

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA DRA VORP WARP
90o 0.1 0 0 0 0 10.7 10 4 8 1 .266 1.27 3.88 4.06 -0.1 0.0
80o 0.1 0 0 0 0 7.1 7 3 5 1 .276 1.34 4.21 4.4 -0.1 0.0
70o 0.1 0 0 0 0 4.6 4 2 3 1 .283 1.39 4.46 4.66 -0.1 0.0
60o 0.1 0 0 0 0 2.4 2 1 2 0 .289 1.43 4.67 4.88 -0.1 0.0
50o 0.1 0 0 0 0 0.5 1 0 0 0 .295 1.47 4.87 5.09 -0.1 0.0
Weighted Mean0.100000.20000.2941.474.865.07-0.10.0

Preseason Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2019 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP WHIP ERA DRA H/9 BB/9 K/9 HR/9 WARP
20203371102727163192741043044.3031.636.386.2510.64.15.71.7-1.3
2021346100232313716063912644.3041.636.366.2310.54.16.01.7-1.1
202235580181810512347662044.3021.626.406.2710.64.05.71.7-0.9
20233647016169411242601844.3051.636.426.2910.74.05.71.7-0.8
2024373501212728633441444.3061.666.536.3910.84.15.51.8-0.7
2025383401010597027371144.3021.636.516.3710.64.15.61.7-0.5
20263924099546425341044.3051.666.576.4310.74.25.71.7-0.5
20274024099546325331044.3021.646.536.3910.64.25.51.7-0.5
20284124088505923311044.3021.646.566.4210.64.15.61.8-0.5

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 83)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 91 Jon Garland 2012 0.00 DNP
2 91 Jason Marquis 2011 5.05
3 91 Yovani Gallardo 2018 6.49
4 91 Paul Maholm 2014 5.60
5 90 Scott Feldman 2015 4.07
6 90 Jeff Suppan 2007 4.92
7 90 Joe Saunders 2013 5.75
8 89 Jason Johnson 2006 6.73
9 89 Mike Pelfrey 2016 5.75
10 88 Mark Redman 2006 5.93
11 88 Tom Koehler 2018 0.00 DNP
12 88 Rick Rhoden 1985 5.02
13 87 Brad Penny 2010 4.04
14 87 Jack Billingham 1975 4.33 DNP
15 86 Kris Benson 2007 0.00 DNP
16 86 Dave Goltz 1981 4.09
17 86 Vicente Padilla 2010 4.36
18 86 Jim Clancy 1988 4.86
19 86 Kyle Lohse 2011 3.82
20 85 Kevin Correia 2013 4.32
21 85 Mike Morgan 1992 3.00
22 85 Nate Robertson 2010 6.75
23 85 Bob Rush 1958 3.60
24 84 Mark Hendrickson 2006 4.76
25 84 John Burkett 1997 5.04
26 84 Jake Miller 1930 9.07
27 84 Bob Porterfield 1956 5.90
28 84 Kyle Kendrick 2017 12.96
29 84 John Danks 2017 0.00 DNP
30 84 Charlie Leibrandt 1989 5.48
31 84 Stan Williams 1969 4.34
32 84 Homer Bailey 2018 6.94
33 84 Dave Hillman 1960 6.57
34 84 Joaquin Andujar 1985 3.77
35 84 Jason Vargas 2015 4.19
36 84 Mark Buehrle 2011 4.03
37 84 Jarrod Washburn 2007 4.74
38 83 Brian Lawrence 2008 0.00 DNP
39 83 Roberto Hernandez 2013 5.19
40 83 Jason Hammel 2015 4.17
41 83 Chuck Smith 2002 0.00 DNP
42 83 Art Fowler 1955 4.16
43 83 Woodie Fryman 1972 3.66
44 83 Esteban Loaiza 2004 6.10
45 83 Jim Rooker 1975 3.66 DNP
46 82 Jason Jennings 2011 0.00 DNP
47 82 Matt Morris 2007 5.57
48 82 Barry Zito 2010 4.38
49 82 Aaron Cook 2011 6.22
50 82 Mark Portugal 1995 4.51
51 82 Andy Ashby 2000 5.60
52 82 Gil Meche 2011 0.00 DNP
53 82 Bob Ojeda 1990 4.04
54 82 Joel Pineiro 2011 5.50
55 82 Tom Candiotti 1990 4.10
56 82 Tomo Ohka 2008 0.00 DNP
57 82 Ray Washburn 1970 8.28
58 82 Gavin Floyd 2015 2.70
59 82 Bob Forsch 1982 3.67
60 82 Sidney Ponson 2009 7.67
61 82 Scott Schoeneweis 2006 4.88
62 81 Livan Hernandez 2007 5.11
63 81 Cory Lidle 2004 5.24
64 81 Earl Whitehill 1931 4.66
65 81 Matt Garza 2016 5.93
66 81 Aaron Sele 2002 5.18
67 81 Don Drysdale 1969 4.74
68 81 Charles Nagy 1999 5.30
69 81 Stu Miller 1960 4.25
70 81 Darryl Kile 2001 3.29
71 81 Rodrigo Lopez 2008 0.00 DNP
72 80 Frank Sullivan 1962 6.23 DNP
73 80 Rick Reuschel 1981 3.68
74 80 Art Ditmar 1961 5.48
75 80 John Thomson 2006 6.16
76 80 Larry Benton 1930 6.83
77 80 Zane Smith 1993 4.66
78 80 Glendon Rusch 2007 0.00 DNP
79 80 Edinson Volquez 2016 5.89
80 80 Bob Tewksbury 1993 4.17
81 80 Bill Harris 1932 4.83
82 80 Earl Wilson 1967 3.48
83 80 Andy Benes 2000 5.15
84 79 Bryn Smith 1988 3.59
85 79 Virgil Barnes 1929 0.00 DNP
86 79 Jesse Haines 1926 3.05
87 79 Hal Smith 1934 5.33
88 79 John Tudor 1986 3.33
89 79 Miguel Gonzalez 2016 4.07
90 79 Bob Friend 1963 2.91
91 79 Doc Medich 1981 3.20
92 79 Matt Cain 2017 6.15
93 79 Mike Boddicker 1990 3.59
94 79 Steve Rogers 1982 2.73
95 79 Bob Bruce 1965 4.19
96 79 Charlie Morton 2016 4.15
97 79 Terry Mulholland 1995 6.77
98 79 Kip Wells 2009 5.33
99 79 Howard Ehmke 1926 4.21
100 79 Lew Burdette 1959 4.47

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2019  Due to publishing agreements, the 2019 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2019 book (available in hardcopy, and soon e-book and Kindle).
2018 In episode 2.23 of Frasier, titular psychologist Frasier Crane and his brother, Niles, open a French restaurant, only to have it fail the very first night. Later, in season seven, they attempt to sell a Russian bear-clock they believe proves a familial link to the Romanovs, only to have it reappropriated by a Russian cultural attaché. They end up having to pay for their father’s new $25,000 Winnebago as a result (it was a busy episode). Throughout the series, Frasier and Niles overpaid for countless cases of wine, had ill-advised trysts with women too beautiful for them and threw bricks through art gallery windows, but in the end, they did it all without much in the way of real consequences; the signature view from Frasier’s apartment was never in as much jeopardy as the circumstances demanded. In many respects, Andrew Cashner’s 2017 was a classic Crane misadventure: he posted an unsustainable .171 BABIP with men in scoring position, a league-high contact percentage and the second-worst strikeout rate in the bigs. It was all a disaster in the making, but like so many of Frasier’s encounters with Lilith, Cashner managed to get away with embarrassment that didn’t last past the next morning and a 3.40 ERA. And yet, the Rangers passed on extending him a qualifying offer as a free agent.
2017 Tolstoy would be proud: pretty much everyone in the Andrew Cashner-to-Miami trade was miserable in their own special way last season, the centerpiece included. The one-time Grizzly Adams understudy was having the worst season of his career in San Diego when he was shipped to Miami with Colin Rea for Marlins' top prospects Josh Naylor and Luis Castillo. In Florida, things got worse. Pitching for a new contract, he did so on tilt, tossing a 5.98 ERA. Worse yet, the beard had to go, because while you can take Don Mattingly away from the Yankees' anachronistic and patently stupid no-facial-hair policy, the opposite isn’t true. A free agent, Cashner signed a one-year deal with the Rangers, who won't care what he does with his face as long it’s not being metaphorically beaten in by opposing hitters.
2016 We ended last year's comment by declaring that Cashner “is a frontline starter” and he proceeded to prove us wrong. The good news is that he set career highs in starts, innings, and strikeouts. The bad news is that he became very hittable, and only 22 unearned runs kept his ERA+ above 80. He turned lefties into Prince Fielder, which is a neat party trick but isn't conducive to winning. Cashner's velocity and movement didn't change much, leaving unresolved the question of what the problem was. Pitching coach Darren Balsley's response to that question in July was, “I've been thinking about that all year.” No solutions were offered or found. Although turning an injury-plagued frontline starter into a healthy back-end guy is another neat party trick, turning him back would be even neater.
2015 Cashner built on his breakout 2013 campaign, looking every bit the ace through mid-May. Then, as he will do, he got hurt. He missed three weeks with “soreness and irritation” in his right elbow, made three starts in June, then missed two months with right-shoulder inflammation. Sprinkled among his 19 starts were an April 11th one-hitter and a September 15th two-hitter. The dominance is there, as is the stuff (BP's Doug Thorburn gushed over Cashner's 96 mph sinker “with ridiculous arm-side run” after the one-hitter), but he has yet to flash the health skill with consistency. Also worth noting: At Petco Park over the last two years, batters have hit .205/.246/.279 against Cashner. On the road, they've hit .263/.321/.417. If he finds durability, despite the caveats, this is a frontline starter.
2014 The questions entering 2013 were whether Cashner could handle a starter's workload and how effective he would be in that role. A right thumb injured while hunting required December 2012 surgery and forced him to the bullpen for the first three weeks. Once in the rotation, he proved durable, finishing second on the Padres in innings. His velocity and strikeouts dropped, both by design so he could work deeper into games. He lost his hard, biting slider for a while but found it in time to log at least seven innings in each of his last seven starts and turn opponents into Brendan Ryan over the final two months. Health is never a given with Cashner, but he looks like a second or third starter.
2013 Acquired from the Cubs before the season, Cashner wowed observers with a triple-digit fastball and biting slider. He started the year in the bullpen. Having missed five months in 2011 with a right rotator-cuff strain, his command was inconsistent. In June, the Padres sent Cashner to Triple-A so he could build arm strength and move into the big-league rotation. He spent the second half on the Tucson-San Diego shuttle, alternating brief healthy stretches with shoulder strains. Cashner's stuff can make hitters look silly, but the former college closer has yet to prove he can bear up to a starters workload. His upside is enormous, as is his riskwhich he managed to compound in the offseason by injuring himself with a knife on a hunting trip. He'll miss Opening Day.
2012 Every effort has been made to convert Cashner the TCU closer, considered to have the best stuff among college pitchers in the 2008 draft, into Cashner the Cubs front-line starter. As with Carpenter, Cashner has great fastball velocityapproaching 100 mph out of the bullpena nasty slider, and an injury history that makes everyone nervous. Unlike Carpenter, his changeup is good enough to continue efforts to keep him in the rotation, despite the fact that he works at a somewhat lesser velocity there. While his walk numbers suggest control issues, arm health is considered to be both more important and the underlying cause. If he can stay healthy for a full season, his control should be more than adequate to support his great stuff.
2011 Having drafted the college closer as a 2008 first-rounder, the Cubs successfully steered Cashner toward a career in the rotation, but his readiness to pitch plus the team's need for immediate relief puts them on the cusp of a tough decision about his future role. He could certainly stick around as a quality set-up man from here on out, especially as questions about his mechanics and delivery contributed to the decision to move him back to the pen, even with his quality three-pitch assortment. In a relief role, his heat reliably stays in the high 90s; if he heads back into the rotation, it will come back down below 95. Given his youth and the veteran rotation, a year in the pen would be sensible enough, but leaving him there to stay would be a waste of his upside as a starter.
2010 Graduating from college closer to professional starter is as likely a career change as moving from chartered accountancy to lion taming, but the Cubs bet on Andrew Cashner just might pay off. With a fastball that sits in the mid-90s and occasionally touches 98, a frequently devastating slider, and an improving changeup, theres little question Cashner has the goods to top a major-league rotation. A strained oblique and understandable caution limited him to 100 innings in High-A and Double-A, leading to a dominating AFL assignment that saw him improve his sometimes shaky command. Cashner has the highest upside of any Cubs arm since the Prior/Zambrano days, and hell be one of the most watched prospects of the 2010 season.
2009 After a breakout season closing for Texas Christian, Andrew Cashner was picked 19th overall by the Cubs in last June's draft. They're converting him to starting for the time being; his high-90s velocity and wipeout slider headline a full arsenal that projects well.

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DateQuestionAnswer
2015-11-05 12:00:00 (link to chat)I feel like Daniel Norris really didn't help Andrew Cashner with pitch framing this year. Is that on point?
(Mike from SoCal)
Derek Norris is actually a good framer according to our data, we have him saving over 12 runs with presentation this past season. Now, I'm not an expert in presentation (ask Harry Pavlidis!) but it's possible that Norris did better with a Kennedy or someone else, and less well with Cashner. I'm not sure about how framing varies by pitcher type, but it's conceivable that a guy who works around the zone and has less loud stuff might be easier for the catcher than someone like Cashner. (Jeff Long)
2015-04-07 14:00:00 (link to chat)What NL pitchers do you feel are being underrated or have some untapped potential? Excluding the well-known elite arms.
(bumphillips from rain puddle)
I'm real big on Andrew Cashner over the next few years. He has made some significant mechanical improvements to shore up the most glaring weaknesses in his game (B+ delivery now), and he has the stuff to scale the next level. I really like how Michael Wacha addressed his repertoire-related needs last season, adding not one but two breakers to his fastball-change arsenal, and he has quickly gone from over-rated (this time last year) to under-rated. I think that Gerrit Cole is also ready to make the leap, and though some folks have soured on him a bit for not making the elite jump last season, he also improved his delivery to reach the A- club at a very young age, and I am very optimistic about his future. (Doug Thorburn)
2015-01-20 19:30:00 (link to chat)In a dynasty league, I can keep 4 of these 6, who would you keep? Collin McHugh, Andrew Cashner, Carlos Martinez, Dee Gordon, Wil Myers, and Clint Frazier. I'm interested in who has the most long term value. Thanks!
(cracker73 from Florida)
I'd drop McHugh easy, then probably Frazier next. (Ben Carsley)
2014-08-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Tyson Ross and Andrew Cashner the most underrated top of the rotation in baseball?
(John from Ohio)
When they are both healthy, you can make a good argument for them. Ross is probably more underrated outside of fantasy circles: I know a lot of casual fans who don't even know who he is. (Mike Gianella)
2014-04-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)What are you thoughts on Tyson Ross and Andrew Cashner? Would you consider them top 20 SP?
(JR from SD)
I really liked both coming into the season, especially Cashner, who I had 25th overall coming into the season and he's been amazing. I can easily see Cash in the top 20. Not sure Ross has the consistency for that just yet, but he has the raw talent to do it. (Paul Sporer)
2014-03-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who's your breakout player for 2014?
(Alex from Anaheim)
Alex, I'm on the Andrew Cashner train. Somehow his late-season dominance slipped under my radar, but when you go back and watch those starts (and some of his other appearances from earlier in the year) he looked better than advertised. Obviously he has a power arsenal, but the finesse aspects to his game surprised me: he was keeping the ball down, mixing his pitches, and so on. Just impressive stuff. Health issues are always going to be a concern with Cashner, but I think he's in for a big season provided he can stay on the field. (R.J. Anderson)
2014-03-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)You need to put together a team of MLB astronauts for a hypothetical space mission to save the world. Who's the crew? Who's the captain?
(Slick Vaughn from Popeyes)
Been thinking about this one for an hour now. I'd go: Joel Peralta as the captain (has guts and leadership abilities), Tim Collins (to fit into small places), Andrew Cashner (to fit into large places; plus stereotypical Texan), and Nyjer Morgan (familiarity with the terrain). (R.J. Anderson)
2014-03-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Breakout sleeper pitcher this year?
(Ryan from Connecticut)
Andrew Cashner, Rick Porcello (Paul Sporer)
2014-03-12 14:00:00 (link to chat)Am I alright with a fantasy pitching staff anchored by Scherzer, Cain, Shelby Miller, Andrew Cashner, RA Dickey, Drew Smyly and Tyson Ross?
(Lou from washington)
I have no idea. How big is your league? I like a lot of those pitchers. If you're in a 20-team NL-only league, well done! (Except for the three AL guys.) (Ben Lindbergh)
2014-01-21 18:00:00 (link to chat)Andrew Cashner what kind of pitcher is he this year? Going forward. How much earnings are we talking?
(Francois from Toronto)
Cashner will be a very good pitcher this year assuming health. He started going to his slider more in the second half and the result was a higher strikeout rate but just a harder pitcher to hit overall. I see him as a high teens bid proposition in NL-only but he could earn in the $20s if everything breaks right. (Mike Gianella)
2014-01-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is this the year that Andrew Cashner really breaks out? Or are we waiting a year or two for him to build strength and stamina?
(Jonah from Redwood)
I'd say 175 innings and a 3.09 ERA was a pretty good breakout wasn't it? He got some help to get to his 3.09 ERA as his 4.18 FRA would indicate, but he threw 175 innings. That's huge. That was the big question for Cashner. In that park, he's going to continue to be very good, he will gain some more stamina and be able to hold his plus velocity deeper into games and the season. I'd expect the strikeout numbers to rise some. (Jeff Moore)
2013-11-22 14:00:00 (link to chat)Doug, I need your input on long-term value. 10 team dynasty with 7 pitcher slots. Have Strasburg, Sale, Fernandez, Harvey and Chapman. Need to select two from Brandon Beachy, Andrew Cashner, Corey Kluber, Brett Anderson, Henderson Alvarez. Help appreciated. Thank you.
(nictaclacta from Glendale)
Your top end is ridiculous, even if you have to wait on Harvey. I would hold on to Cashner from the second group, no doubt, while your last guy is a tougher call. Since your 7th slot could change between now and this time next year, you are probably looking for 2014 value (or trade value) with a shot at upside - for that reason I would choose between Beachy and Anderson. Anderson still has the name and the hope, but the faith is all but sapped, so that is a dice-roll for 2014 with prayers for a break-through season that ups his trade value. Beachy is a command guy, and since command is the last thing to return from TJS, I would say that he has the best chance to vault his value next season, though his down velocity in a small sample of 2013 adds some concern.

On the jukebox: White Zombie, "Thunderkiss '65" (Doug Thorburn)
2013-11-22 14:00:00 (link to chat)What are your thoughts on Andrew Cashner and Danny Salazar for 2014?
(MickeyRivers from NY)
Huge fan of Salazar. An avg fastball at 97 mph with a killer split and solid mechanics? Yes please. The only concern is Salazar's lack of a breaking ball, which might be a problem in the future. Cashner made great strides with his command, and his delivery is very stable while maintaining top-end velo. His development is a step ahead of Salazar's, but and though Cashner has a deeper repertoire, he doesn't have a secondary pitch that is as effective as Salazar's split. It's a close call, but I'd take Salazar in 2014, though their long-term projections will depend on how they adjust.

On the jukebox: Thrice, "Unquestioned Answers" (Doug Thorburn)
2013-08-08 17:30:00 (link to chat)Is Andrew Cashner worth holding onto in a 10 tm dynasty league? He gets a ton of ground balls and has good stuff, but the results (mainly Ks) just aren't as good as the stuff would indicate. He's been pretty good, but should I keep waiting for more, or is this what he is?
(Shawnykid23 from CT)
Hi Shawny

Mixed league? Eh. I own Cashner in my NL expert league. He's fine in that format, but for a shallower league you really want more strikeouts. Cashner throws hard and gets a lot of grounders but there's nothing in his approach that speaks to a sudden spike in the K rate. The contact rates are way up and - logically - the swinging strike rates are way down this year. Maybe some improvements are coming in the long run, but nothing's going to change this year. He's a match-up play for me in mixed. (Mike Gianella)
2013-03-20 11:00:00 (link to chat)What are your thoughts on Andrew Cashner? I love his K/BB ratio and wonder if you think he could be a top 40 starter if he gets 25 starts.
(Briscodarlin from CO)
I love his K's, not the BB's. Top 40 is hard to see, and that's even if he gets 25 starts, which is also questionable IMO. His single-season high as a pro is 111 innings... total. (Cory Schwartz)
2013-03-20 11:00:00 (link to chat)Thoughts on Andrew Cashner this season? Top 50 SP if he can pitch 180 innings?
(Briscodarlin from CO)
See above. I'd bet the under on those innings... way under. (Cory Schwartz)
2013-03-06 20:00:00 (link to chat)The SP I will roster most this year is ________ because I see him as a breakout candidate relative to his ADP. The Hitter most rostered for same reasons is: _______?
(Donald Loria from Milwaukee)
I see myself owner lots of Alex Cobb and Andrew Cashner shares this year. Jacoby Ellsbury will also end up on a lot of my squads it seems. (Paul Singman)
2012-02-23 11:00:00 (link to chat)Is Brad Boxberger the Closer by the end of the year? Any chance he starts the year in the Bullpen? Thanks
(jake1m from Jenny Lind, Ca.)
Boxberger will compete for a spot in the bullpen. Whether he makes the big club out of spring training or not, he'll see material time with the Padres in 2012. I'm not sure he'll be the closer. If Huston Street is traded at some point, I'm guessing that Andrew Cashner or maybe Ernesto Frieri would be next in line, although Cashner's health and Frieri's control raise questions. (Geoff Young)
2011-09-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Does it make sense for the Cubs to move Sean Marshall into the rotation next yr, given their SP woes and lack of a pitching pipeline?
(Matt from Chicago)
It usually makes sense to move any reliever who's capable of starting into the rotation, barring a real embarrassment of wealth. Marshall's stuff has really played up in the pen, though, so in his case, another switch might not be the best idea. Marshall has already been a starter, so we can see how that went--in about 225 innings in the rotation in 2006-2007, he was worth about half a win. In roughly half that number of innings over the past two seasons in the bullpen, he's been worth four wins. Unless you think his shiny new strikeout rate is something that would actually survive a move back out of the bullpen, it probably makes sense to leave him be and look elsewhere (Andrew Cashner to the rescue!). Cue Ray Davies singing "This is Where I Belong." (Ben Lindbergh)
2010-07-26 14:00:00 (link to chat)Why aren't the Cubs looking to deal Carlos Marmol? I despise closers on bad teams (Soria) and he is a prime injury candidate. If they are as enamored with Andrew Cashner and ready to declare him their closer of the future, why not put Marmol on the market as the other RP available are a joke?
(Gray from Chicago)
I think they view Cashner as a starter long-term, and I don't think they view Marmol as an injury waiting to happen. Marmol's cheap, and they don't want to trade anyone that's both cheap and effective. (Ken Funck)
2010-07-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)I have read various reports that the Cubs intend on keeping Andrew Cashner in the bullpen longterm...so why were they stretching him out as a starter in the Minors. If you say experience I am going to lose it.
(Jake from Seattle)
I would prefer not to get into the head of the Cubs front office. (Marc Normandin)
2010-05-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Are the Cubs better off making a deal for a pen arm or promoting from within( Andrew Cashner or Jay Jackson)?
(Matt from Chicago)
I would have already had Cashner in the majors. I know he's starting in the minors but he was a dominant reliever in college. I can't believe he is still in the minors. (John Perrotto)
2010-02-18 14:00:00 (link to chat)Does Andrew Cashner have the upside of Kerry Wood, either as a starter or a reliever?
(Dennis from LA)
Absolutely not. But that's not a knock on Cashner. I don't need more than two hands to count the numbers of pitcher since Wood who have equaled his upside. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-05-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)Better of the two Chicago minor leaguers? Andrew Cashner (Cubs) or Dexter Carter (White Sox)
(heeler from Peoria, IL)
Cashner. Not even close. (Kevin Goldstein)


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