Name: Cale Coshow
DOB: July 16, 1992
Repertoire. Fastball, Cutter, Slider, Changeup.
Fastball. Coshow went primarily from a starting pitcher in 2015 to more of a reliever type [he did make nine starts though] last year and the fastball went up a tick or two as a result in those shorter outings, going from averaging 95 mph to more around 96-97 mph as a reliever. He once again hit 100 mph too. More of a grip-and-rip-it type guy though as a reliever, one who wasn't really noted for his rather average command anyway, that approach was more evident coming out of the bullpen where he was more interested in over-powering batters than worried about pounding the strike zone and as a result the number of balls and walks increased. There is better control than he displayed in 2016 [50 walks in 89 innings] but it can evade him for long stretches too but his game is more about plus-plus power, power he can hold not only for multiple innings but deep into seasons as well.
Other Pitches. Coshow actually has three somewhat decent secondary pitches in his repertoire but by far the most reliable and most consistent is his cutter. Sitting in the low-90s, the movement isn't very big as it just has a little bit of late cutting action to give the hitters another look. It can be a solid strikeout pitch for him but more so than anything it's a pitch he uses to pitch to a different part of the plate more than anything. He has both a slider and a changeup in his arsenal too but neither is much more than a big league average pitch at times; sometimes they're both below average, and it's a big reason why he is being used more as a reliever these days. The changeup doesn't get a whole lot of fade and depth to it, sitting more in the high-80s, and the same with his slider. Both pitches though are not there consistently in the movement department and neither are pitches he commands as well as he would like either. There's a solid ceiling to both pitches but he doesn't throw them nearly as much pitching out of the bullpen so the ceiling might not ever get tapped.
Pitching. As mentioned above, Coshow's main approach on the mound is to simply over-power batters with nearly every pitch. He's not up there to change speeds and locations, he's all about attacking hitters with plus [sometimes plus-plus] fastballs early and often. He has just enough secondary-wise to keep hitters a bit more honest than they would like and Coshow is also very adept at keeping the ball low too, thanks to a heavy fastball. The major downside to that though is he doesn't have the ability to change speeds, slow down bats, change locations, or even a hitter's eye level too much so opposing batters can sit in a particular zone and at a particular speed...it's all about timing him up, which admittedly can be a challenge. Burly and strong, standing 6-foot-5 and weighing 260 pounds, he doesn't look the part of an athlete too much but he does move quite well for a guy his size even though shedding a few more pounds could do wonders helping him field his position better and/or holding runners more.
Projection. We mentioned a year ago coming off his breakout season that Coshow was a bit of a starting pitcher tease because even though he could hold his velocity deep into starts, a rare quality indeed, he simply didn't have enough in his secondary arsenal from a consistency standpoint to safely project as a long-term big league starting pitcher day in and day out. He does have enough right now with the cutter, however, and both the slider and changeup can be big league weapons on any given day enough to be an emergency starting pitcher type but he best projects an an eventual short-inning reliever better suited for the middle relief or setup role, especially if the cutter can tick up to a plus level or if the slider can gain some more consistency. It's not fair to compare him to Dellin Betances breaking ball-wise but there are some really apt comparisons fastball-wise as somebody who can approach triple digits on the radar gun, overpower batters, and somebody who can also have his bouts of wildness too. And like Betances, another former minor leaguer with some starting experience, Coshow will most likely break in as a seventh inning guy before having to prove his big league worth and perhaps sliding back further in the bullpen.
ETA. 2017. Coshow fastball-wise is already pretty special and protecting an arm like his is beyond tough. He'll need to be Rule 5 Draft protected next offseason and the Yankees will want to see him challenged before then. He should see ample Triple-A time this upcoming season and the smart money says he'll see the Bronx at some point later in the year too.