The Athletics sent one of the minor leagues’ most dominant pitchers from high Class A to Double-A today, promoting righthander Trevor Cahill from Stockton to Midland.
Cahill’s lively sinker and curveball helped him strike out 103 batters in 87 1/3 innings (10.6 per nine innings) with a 2.78 ERA and an outstanding 2.19-to-1 groundout-to-air out ratio. Cahill’s last start with Stockton was his worst–the 20-year-old walked six in six innings, giving him 31 walks on the year–but his entire body of work was unparallelled in the Cal League this year.
From a selfish standpoint, it’s disappointing that now I won’t get the chance to see Cahill at the Carolina-California League all-star game next week at Myrtle Beach, but it will be interesting to see how Cahill fares against much older competition in the Texas League. The promotion makes Cahill the second-youngest pitcher in Double-A (Orioles righthander Chris Tillman is younger than Cahill by a month and a half) and the youngest pitcher in the TL.
With Cahill and righthanders James Simmons and Vin Mazzaro, the Rock Hounds now have one of the more formidable rotations in Double-A, with more help potentially on the way should the A’s at some point promote lefty Brett Anderson from Stockton.