Coshow Progressing

TAMPA, FL – Reliever Cale Coshow is having a breakout season of sorts so far in 2015, posting a combined 2.12 ERA between low-A Charleston and high-A Tampa. And while he can feel his game is growing overall, becoming more a pitcher and less of a thrower, he and his coaches know there is still work to be done to become the pitcher he can be.

He posted a respectable 3.76 ERA for the Staten Island Yankees after being selected in the 13th round of the draft that same year out of Oklahoma Christian but then had an injury-plagued 2014 season last year where he accumulated just 15.1 innings over three minor league levels.

During the offseason, however, Coshow worked with his trainer Matt Heath at CrossFit Dioko in Edmond, Oklahoma to become stronger and faster. Through his extensive training, he lost 17 pounds and he is committed to continue his routine to become even stronger throughout the season so he can hopefully advance to Double-A.

“My fastball is harder than ever and I feel like I am in better shape to perform this season,” Coshow said.

Coshow, always known for his power arm, was showing off that power in Charleston earlier this season to the tune of a 1.13 ERA over eleven appearances before earning a promotion to Tampa. This season is his first with the Tampa Yankees and even though he's made just six appearances so far his coaches are already impressed by what he is bringing to the field.

“When I think of Coshow, the words that come to mind are big horse,” Tampa Yankees pitching coach Tommy Phelps said. “I mean he’s a big, strong, strappy kid who has power. Those guys are always fun to watch because you see those big bulldogs out there and you like seeing them going after hitters.”

“I mean, the kid has a big arm and a hard fastball. He can throw up to 98 miles per hour and he competes,” Tampa Yankees manager Dave Bialas added.

Upon the completion of Spring Training, Coshow feels he performed very well because he showed up healthy, in shape, and pitched with power and accuracy.

“Coming into last Spring Training, I was a filler, but now I’m becoming an actual pitcher using all of my pitches,” Coshow said. “Last year, I didn’t really throw my changeup too often because I was throwing so hard, but now I throw my cutter, changeup and fastball.”

Coshow is clearly known for his fastball as he averages 94-96 miles per hour and touches 98, but with his new promotion to Tampa with stronger and better hitters, he realizes he has to make his secondary pitches more efficient.

“In Charleston I would just throw my fastball the majority of the time but instead of trying to blow [these hitters] up with an inside fastball, I’ve had to pitch around guys by going outside with some fastballs, changeups and challenging them by using all of my certain pitches,” Coshow said.

Phelps has only seen Coshow play for a few outings, but he knows Coshow throws the ball over the plate where he wants and can drive the ball down hill at the bottom of the zone well.

“He’s working on his changeup and cutter, but both of those pitches are still in the development stages,” Phelps said. “He doesn’t consistently throw those two pitches where he wants or have the shape that he wants yet. He’s also working on his arm speed with his changeup.”

“He’s only had [several] innings here but he’s throwing strikes," Bialas added. "He’s working on his changeup right now and he also throws a little cutter. It’s coming along real well.”

So far with Tampa Coshow has an ERA of 3.29 in six games with a 1.10 WHIP ratio. At this rate, Phelps is confident that Coshow is pitching, not just throwing, his way into one of the better relief pitching prospect discussions.

“He just needs to work on his fastball command, presence on the mound and secondary pitches,” Phelps said. “I’d like to see him get a feel for the zone with those secondary pitches and get more deception with them.”

Looking back, Coshow thinks a lot of success in Charleston came from his fastball command, cutter, and a crowd of 7,000 fans, but he definitely believes that he has grown into a different pitcher since playing for Staten Island last year.

The 6-foot-5, 260 pound pitcher is working hard to prove himself this season getting physically and mentally stronger.

“I’m glad to play the game with this organization and it’s been a fun season so far,” Coshow said.

Coshow has learned to trust his pitches this season in order to cut down his walks, but he understands there’s still a lot of movement on the learning curve for him to reach the upper levels of the Yankee farm system.

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