2008 Cards AFL Interviews: Brad Furnish

The third of our nine exclusive Cardinals interviews from the Arizona Fall League is with Peoria Saguaros left-handed relief pitcher Brad Furnish. The former second-rounder discusses his 2008 season during which he was promoted from Palm Beach to Springfield and what he is working on in the AFL.

Lefty Brad Furnish is one of three St. Louis Cardinals starting pitching prospects that all throw from that side invited to the 2008 Arizona Fall League as a part of the Peoria Saguaros to try their hand at relief. With the major league club in need of left-handed help, it was hoped that one of the group of Furnish, Justin Fiske and Tyler Norrick might step up against the advanced competition the AFL offers.

So far, the going has been tough for the 2006 second-round draft pick from TCU. Set to turn 24 in January, Furnish has been roughed up for 13 earned runs in 11 2/3 Arizona innings for an ERA of 10.03. He has yielded 18 hits and six walks with an opposing batting average of 3.75. Furnish has fanned eight. Since making some adjustments, Furnish has allowed four runs in his last 7 1/3 innings (4.91 ERA).

The 2008 regular season was a bit uneven for Furnish also. Coming off surgery, he initially struggled with his control at A-Advanced Palm Beach and after 25 appearances there, including 20 starts, his ERA was over five. Never a ground ball pitcher, he allowed four fly outs for every three ground outs.

Yet, coming off a good outing after an awful July overall, he was promoted to Double-A Springfield and pitched well in four starts there to close the regular season (1.64 ERA and OBA of .221).

Coming into the 2008 campaign, we ranked Furnish as the Cardinals organizations' 30th-ranked prospect after he was not among the top 40 the year before.

The 6-foot-1, 185-pounder sat down to discuss his 2008 season, his objectives for this fall and next spring prior to a recent AFL game.


Furnish pitching in the AFL

Part two

Upcoming interviews in this series: Shane Robinson, Justin Fiske, Tyler Greene, Tyler Norrick, Brett Wallace and Steven Hill.

Previous AFL interviews:
Manager Ron "Pop" Warner.
RHSP Adam Ottavino

Brian Walton can be reached via email at brwalton@earthlink.net.

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