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Andrew Cashner (Credit: Texas Christian University)

Biographical Data
Player Name:Andrew Cashner
Position:Relief Pitcher
School:Texas Christian University
School Type:College
Academic Class:Junior
Weight:195 lbs.
Report Date(s):05/03/08

Focus Area
Fastball:Cashner has had a big spike in velocity and has been touching 97-98 mph.
Fastball movement:When you can throw 98 mph, movement isn't as important.
Slider:It was a plus pitch on occasion and he threw it up to 87-88 mph.
Control:There has been some concern with walks as TCU's closer.
Poise:He doesn't have that run through the wall closer mentality, but he's not afraid of the situations.
Physical Description:Cashner has a big-league body who is durable and strong.
Medical Update:Healthy.
Strengths:Plus fastball and the chance to have a plus slider.
Weaknesses:Command. There's also always a concern with "out of nowhere" guys. Cashner was throwing 90-92 before this season.
Summary:A move to a short relief role has suited Cashner extremely well. As TCU's closer, he's been virtually unhittable, though he has struggled with his command. He's had a big spike in velocity, up to the upper 90s to go along with a very good slider. College closers have become intriguing Draft picks over the past few years and Cashner has positioned himself to be one of the first taken.