Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Meet the Marlins Prospect: Steven Cishek

Steven Cishek - Relief Pitcher - 6′6 - 200lbs - 22 years old - Bats: Right - Throws: Right

Steven Cishek
Jamestown 1 2 1.95 32.1 19 30 .175 1.21 0.28

The Marlins selected Steven Cishek in the 5th round of the 2007 draft out of Carson-Newman College, a small school in Tennessee. He pitched mostly out of the bullpen with CNC. In 43 innings, Cishek struck out 43 against 10 walks, posted a 3.14 ERA and held opposing hitters to a .228 batting average. The 6′6 righty really impressed after being drafted and making 25 appearances in short-season Jamestown. He absolutely dominated the New York-Penn League, giving up just 20 hits in 32.1 innings. He struck out nearly 1 per inning, and walked 19. The walks are a bit of a concern, but some believe he is just “effectively wild”. Opposing batters hit just .175 off of him.

When scouts looked at him as a senior in high school, he was throwing in the low 80s but as he has gotten stronger over the past 3 seasons, he now hits in the low 90s, but has been clocked at 95mph. His slider is below average at this point but it made great strides last year, while his changeup has all the makings of a plus pitch. His college coach suggested that if he was at a bigger school, he would have been a 1st rounder.

Cishek should take on Greensboro this year, with a chance at a promotion to Jupiter if he continues to pitch as well as he did in Jamestown. The continued development of his slider should help him climb the relief pitcher prospect ladder in this organization.

Update: Steven is 0-0 with a 7.20era in 5 innings of work. He has given up 9 hits while striking out 3 and walking 2. Half the runs he gave up were in an April 12th outing vs Asheville.

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