Cubs draft a closer

Cubs draft a closer

Posted by Bruce on Thu, 06/05/2008 - 15:08
The Cubs today selected right-handed pitcher Andrew Cashner, a closer out of Texas Christian University, with their first pick in the amateur draft. Cashner went 19th overall to the Cubs. At TCU, Cashner had 9 victories and 9 saves in 30 relief appearances, with a 2.32 ERA. He had 27 walks and a team-high 80 strikeouts. Interestingly, the Cubs drafted Cashner in the 29th round out of Angelina College in Texas, but he decided to stay in school. "We're very, very happy," said scouting director Tim Wilken. "We're pretty excited at this point. His delivery is pretty darn sound, one of the better in this draft." Wilken said Cashner has put on 15-20 pounds from last year and that the Cubs would let time determine wither Cashner remains a reliever or goes to the rotation in the minor leagues. As far as repertoire goes, Wilken says Cashner has a four-seam fastball with "good ride." Wilken added that Cashner's breaking ball is "as close to a power curve as you'll see in baseball." The fastball, according to Wilken, is 92-98 mph and the curve is 80-85. More to come later.
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