Andrew Cashner Enters The Mix For The Cubs 5th Guy In The Rotation!

Patrick SchaeferCorrespondent IJanuary 17, 2010

MESA, AZ - MARCH 03:  Relief pitcher Andrew Cashner #70 of the Chicago Cubs pitches against the Oakland Athletics during the spring training game at HoHoKam Park on March 3, 2009 in Mesa, Arizona. The Cubs defeated the A's 6-4.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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     The Chicago Cubs 1st round 19th overall pick of the 2008 draft Andrew Cashner is in the mix for a job in the starting rotation for the cubs. At the Cubs convention Lou Piniella was asked about Ben Sheets. Piniella responded by saying that the Cubs' focus, pitching wise, is to add a veteran right-handed setup man. Piniella mentioned Carlos Silva, Tom Gorzelanny, Sean Marshall, Jeff Samardzija and Andrew Cashner as possibilities for the fifth spot in the rotation. They would join Carlos Zambrano, Ted Lily, Ryan Dempster, and Randy Wells in the rotation. 
     Cashner is a 6 foot 5 right-handed 185 pound 23 year old pitcher from Texas. Andrew features a mid-90's fastball and a plus slider to his arsenal. In his only season at TCU (Texas Christian University) Andrew was 9-4 in 30 appearances with 9 saves and a 2.32 ERA, Cashner was dominant for TCU after switching to the closer's role and was projected as a top-tier reliever, who could also be a starter in the majors.  Last year in 42 innings in High A Daytona Cashner posted a 1.50 ERA with a whip of 1.10, In AA he had an ERA of 3.39 and whip of 1.23 in 58.1 innings. Cashner also pitched 19.2 innings in the Arizona Fall League with a 1.37 whip and a 4.58 ERA.
     Andrew Casher will join three other 1st round draft picks by the Cubs at spring  training Tyler Colvin who is on the 40 man roster, Josh Vitters, and last years top pick Brett Jackson. They are four of 19 non-roster players invited to spring training with the Cubs. I previously did a profile of all the non-roster infielders invited to camp with the Cubs, stay tuned I will be breaking down the outfielders (including 2009 1st rounder Brett Jackson), the rest of the pitchers and the catchers. Who do you think is Cubs' best option for the 5th man in the rotation?