Cahill with the Oakland Athletics
|Arizona Diamondbacks – No. 35|
March 1, 1988 |
|Bats: Right||Throws: Right|
|April 7, 2009 for the Oakland Athletics|
(through 2014 season)
|Earned run average||4.07|
|Career highlights and awards|
The Oakland Athletics drafted Cahill in the second round (66th overall) of the 2006 MLB Draft out of Vista High School. In his first full season in minor league baseball, with the Kane County Cougars, he went 11–4 with a 2.73 earned run average, 117 strikeouts and 105 1⁄3 innings pitched over 19 starts to earn a Class A All-Star nod from Baseball America.
|Competitor for United States|
Cahill began 2008 with the Stockton Ports of the California League. He went 5–4 with a 2.78 ERA and 103 strikeouts to earn a California League All star selection and a promotion to AA. He also represented America in Major League Baseball's Futures Game.
Entering the 2009 season, Cahill was ranked 11th among Baseball America's Top 100 Prospects, and made the Athletics starting rotation out of Spring Training along with his Olympic teammate Brett Anderson. On April 7, 2009, Cahill made his Major League debut against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, going 5 innings, allowing 5 hits, 2 earned runs, striking out 1 and received a no decision.
Cahill came into the 2010 season as a starter for the A's, quickly becoming one of the breakout pitchers of the year. He put up borderline Cy Young Award-worthy statistics, finishing the season with an 18–8 record and an ERA of 2.97, making it into the Top 5 of lowest ERA in the American League, behind Félix Hernández, Clay Buchholz, and David Price, all three considered among best pitchers in the American League. His WHIP was also in the Top 5, with 1.11 WHIP.
For the 2011 season, high expectations were set for Cahill. Cahill began the season as the A's #1 starter. Cahill did not replicate his 2010 performance, despite logging in 207 innings in 34 starts. Cahill finished 12-14 with a 4.16 ERA for Oakland.
On December 9, 2011, Cahill and Craig Breslow were traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Ryan Cook, Jarrod Parker, and Collin Cowgill. In his first season in Arizona, Cahill bettered his 2011 performance by going 13-12 in 32 starts. He pitched more than 200 innings for the second straight year and struck out a career high 156 batters.
In 2013, through 17 starts, Cahill was 3-10 with a 4.66 ERA. After his 17th start, Cahill was put on the disabled list for the first time in his career. Cahill missed more than a month due to a hip contusion. He came back in mid August. After his stint in the disabled list, Cahill finished the season on a 5 game winning streak, finishing the 2013 season with a 8-10 record in 25 starts. He led the league in wild pitches with 17.
Cahill struggled mightily at the beginning of the 2014 season. He first began the season 0-4 with a 9.17 ERA, then he was demoted to the bullpen the following week. Cahill made 15 appearances out of the bullpen, recording his first save of his career and lowering his ERA to 5.17. Despite this, Cahill's control didn't seam to get better, he was designated for assignment on June 9th. After going unclaimed, the D'Backs sent him to Single A to fix his mechanical issues. After a month in the minors, Cahill was recalled on July 14th. Cahill was quickly inserted back into the rotation. Cahill finished his rocky 2014 season with a career worst 3-12 record and a career high 5.61 ERA in 32 games (17 starts) for the D'Backs.
In the offseason, he lives in Oceanside, California.
Cahill has a wife named Jessica.
Cahill's best pitch is his sinker, which features excellent downward movement and ranges from 88–92 mph. His sinker is his most frequent offering and is the main reason why he gets so many ground balls. Cahill also has a changeup in the 81–83 mph range, which like his fastball also features excellent downward movement. This is a pitch that he uses frequently against left-handers to get strikeouts. Starting in the 2010 season, Cahill began featuring a 12–6 curveball as well. His curve, which ranges in the 76–80 mph range, has become his main strikeout weapon, and he can get hitters to chase it out of the zone as well as freezing hitters with it in the zone. Cahill also features a rare mid-80s slider against righties, though it is a below average pitch.
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- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)