Prospect Countdown: #36 David Cash

Following up on our Top 50 Orioles Prospects List, ITW has a detailed scouting report on #36 David Cash.

When your father and namesake was a three time All-Star that played in 1,422 major league games, it can be difficult to fly under the radar. Yet, that's just what David Cash III has done. Originally drafted out of high school in the 21st round, Cash chose the University of South Carolina over the Orioles organization. After transferring to the University of Florida in time for his junior season, where he ranked second on the team with a .298 batting average, the Orioles again took a chance on him with their 40th round pick. This time, they were able to sign Cash and he had an impressive professional debut with the Aberdeen Ironbirds.

DOB: 11/22/85 Height: 6-3 Weight: 180 B/T: S/R

David Cash's age 20 season:

Level AB BA OBP SLG HR SB CS BB/AB K/AB
SS 111 .297 .355 .405 1 5 3 .09 .16
NY-P AVG. -- .242 .313 .334 -- -- -- .09 .22

Offense

Much like in college, Cash‘s main offensive weapon was an ability to hit for average. Although he has enough size to hit for power, his swing is more conducive to line drives. The organization has been reluctant to try to add loft to his swing, instead preferring him to concentrate on playing small ball and spraying the ball around the field. Cash has average speed and is regarded as a smart base runner. Though he has been a switch-hitter since his youth, he is a much better hitter from the left side, leading to speculation that he may forget about batting right-handed altogether.

Defense

With good reason, the Orioles see Cash as a candidate to be groomed as a utility player. He has played all over the field in the past few years. As a freshman at South Carolina, he moved around the middle infield. At Florida, Cash played almost exclusively third base. When he joined the Ironbirds, however, he deferred to players ahead of him on the organization depth chart and saw most of his action in the outfield corners or as the designated hitter. At any position, Cash works extremely hard and has good range. In the infield, his best position is second base, where his limited arm strength plays up. Despite limited experience in the outfield, Cash made rapid progress and already shows plus potential in the corners.

Outlook

David Cash made it known in 2006 that he is not expecting to get by on his father's name. Those within the organization were impressed with his work ethic and baseball acumen such that he'll likely get a full season worth of at bats for the Delmarva Shorebirds next season. He profiles as a super-utility type and the Orioles will facilitate his defensive development by moving him around to just about every position but catcher. In fact, if the Shorebirds get in a real bind, Cash even pitched for an inning of the All-Star game of the well-scouted Cape Cod League. He'll have to maintain close to a .300 batting average to be an asset offensively, but that is a skill he's demonstrated capable of in the past.

Michael Hollman is the Senior Writer for Inside The Warehouse and can be reached via email at Publisher@InsideTheWarehouse.com


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