Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Cashner gunning for spot in Cubs' rotation

While the Rangers grapple with the decision whether to keep Neftali Feliz in the bullpen or stretch his arm out and make a starting pitcher out of him, the Cubs are going through the same process with former Horned Frog Andrew Cashner.

After being used as a closer during his time at TCU, Cashner made his big-league debut last year and pitched 54 innings out of the bullpen for the Cubbies and is seen as one of the organization's top pitching prospects. But as a Texas native with a 100-mph fastball, comparisons to Kerry Wood and Nolan Ryan are only natural, as Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune points out.

Cashner himself is ready to contribute in whatever capacity the team needs, writes ESPN's Bruce Levine, but one Cubs' blogger already thinks Cashner is a lock to switch over to the starting rotation this year.

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