TCU alumnus and San Diego Padres pitcher Andrew Cashner was named the National League Player of the Week on Monday, an honor that accompanies his breakout 2014 season.
In two outings last week, Cashner allowed two runs on six hits with 14 strikeouts over 17 innings, good for a 1.06 ERA over those two starts.
Cashner came within three outs of posting back-to-back, complete game shutouts—a feat that no Padre pitcher has accomplished since 1992.
Cashner also provided an offensive spark for the Padres in Saturday’s 3-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants, going 2-for-3 with a triple, the first triple by a MLB pitcher this season.
The former Frog’s award-worthy performance is not an aberration for Cashner in this 2014 MLB season.
Despite a 5-7 overall record, Cashner has a 2.21 ERA over 18 starts and a career-best strikeout to walk ratio of 3.17.
Although Cashner missed three months of the season with injuries, if he had completed more games, his 2.21 ERA would be second-best in the National League, behind league-leader Clayton Kershaw.
Cashner spent one season at TCU in spring 2008, compiling a 9-4 record with a 2.32 ERA.
He was then drafted in the first round of the 2008 MLB draft by the Chicago Cubs.
The 6-foot-6-inch righty spent two years with the Cubs organization before being traded to the San Diego Padres in 2012, where he has rapidly developed into one of the Padres’ mainstays in the starting rotation.