Originally posted on MyTeamRivals.com  |  Last updated 5/27/13
In 2008 the Chicago Cubs selected Andrew Cashner in the first round of the first year player draft. At the time Cashner was a closer at Texas Christian University. However, the Cubs initally used him primarily as a starter where he realized a great deal of successful. Then in 2010, out of desperation, the Cubs moved him back into the pen. I believe this was a poor decision and set Cashner back. In his book. Pitch Like a Pro, Leo Mazzone discussed this type of situation. He believes when young fastball pitchers are converted into relievers, they will fire away blind heat throwing particularly nothing but fastballs and won’t learn anything about real pitching. Mazzone goes on to say, “the most important thing a pitcher can do to improve his pitches is to accumulate a lot of innings”. This is why I blieve the Cubs made a huge mistake with him. The Cubs trade Cashner to the San Diego Padres last season and the Padres continued to use him as a late innings reliever, until last month. The...
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