As the Washington Nationals stare down another lost season and have embraced the rebuilding process, the biggest question surrounding the team involves when some of their top prospects will arrive in the majors.
It may not be much longer for one of those prospects. According to Mark Zuckerman of MASNsports, pitching prospect Cade Cavalli could make his major league debut in the coming weeks.
Washington Nationals getting ready to give Cade Cavalli a look
Cavalli does not have much left to prove in the minors. He has pitched well at Triple-A this season, posting a 3.71 ERA and a 1.175 WHiP over his 97 innings, striking out 104 batters with 39 walks. It is just a matter of time before he makes his major league debut.
The Nationals could certainly use someone with his arsenal in the rotation. Cavalli features three plus offerings – a fastball that can touch 100 MPH, a curve, and a slider that has some cutting action – as well as a changeup that could develop into a plus offering as well. That type of arsenal could lead to his becoming the next ace for the Nationals.
There are some questions regarding Cavalli. His command can come and go due to the movement of his pitches. That was an issue in the upper minors as those more advanced hitters would make him throw strikes and fill the zone. If he can do that more consistently, Cavalli could be a star.
Cavalli is certainly worth the look despite those questions. Getting him a chance to compete at the major league level, even if it is over the final four or five weeks of the season, would allow the Nationals a chance to gauge how close he is to becoming a mainstay at the major league level.
The Washington Nationals could give Cade Cavalli a look in the near future. At this point, they have nothing to lose and everything to gain.