Name: Cale Coshow
DOB: July 16, 1992
Repertoire. Fastball, Cutter, Slider, Changeup.
Fastball. Coshow is the epitome of a power pitcher both with his physical presence and his near triple-digit radar readings. Standing 6-foot-5 and weighing perhaps a conservatively listed 260 pounds, he averages mostly 95-96 mph with his four-seam fastball and can top out at 100 mph, especially in shorter inning stints. While not a plus command pitcher with his heater, he is actually very adept at throwing strikes and keeping the ball in the lower half of the strike zone rather well. In fact, the fastball isn't just really fast it is quite heavy as well. What the Yankees found out last season too was that he is able to hold his velocity multiple times through a lineup and deeper into his starts.
Other Pitches. Coshow's bread and butter "offspeed" pitch was and remains his cutter, an above average big league pitch that averages 90-92 mph. Like his fastball he can throw it for strikes consistently and it allows him to keep right-handed batters from sitting on the inner-half of the plate. Prior to 2015 he was primarily a two-pitch hurler and it's one of the biggest reasons the Yankees transitioned him back to the starting rotation, so he could begin working on both a true slider and a changeup. Both pitches are relatively in their infancy stage. The slider sits more in the mid-to-high 80s and the changeup can actually average 87-90 mph. He can throw both for strikes but neither have the consistent desired movement just yet. Still, scouts believe both pitches have the chance to be average big league pitches after some more development.
Pitching. There's no mixing words, Coshow is not up on the mound to change speeds and give batters a different look, he's all about peppering the strike zone early and often and trying to overpower batters. A heavy fastball pitcher, the good news is he has the innate strike-throwing ability to be ahead in most counts and rarely has to go offspeed. He also keeps the ball consistently low, better than most power pitchers, and as a result he doesn't serve up many home runs at all [he's given up just five in 170 career innings]. All of his pitches are power pitches for sure so the one downside is he doesn't have the ability to slow bats down much. While his physical presence is intimidating, he isn't exactly quick off the mound or very athletic so he doesn't field his position or hold runners as well as he could if were able to shed some weight.
Projection. Coshow is a bit of a starting teaser; he has the rare ability to hold his plus-plus velocity for many innings at a time and just enough potential with his secondary pitches to manage his way through a lineup more than once to perhaps develop nicely into a big league starting pitcher. However, outside of his reliable cutter, none of the secondary pitches project to be much more than average and there are some legitimate question marks about his overall conditioning. While he proved to have some real endurance in his first professional taste at starting last season, it remains to be seen if his heavier weight could ultimately be a detriment year in and year out. While there's some tangible starting potential and the ceiling of a number three type pitcher in a rotation, ultimately he best projects as a late-inning power reliever, one that can not only air it out upwards of triple digits each night but do so a few times per week too. Think of a not as tall but thicker version of Dellin Betances projection ceiling-wise, especially if the cutter can tick up to a plus level.
ETA. 2017. The Yankees aren't about to abandon all hope of Coshow as a starting pitcher just yet. In fact, they really want him to have the extra innings to further develop the slider and changeup. He should be ticketed to pick up where he left off in 2015 and begin the season in the Double-A Trenton starting rotation and an eventual call-up to Triple-A Scranton later in the year is a likely scenario.