WASHINGTON – The Nationals were able to add depth and talent to the farm system in late July, with a flurry of trades that brought prospects into the system from the Dodgers, Cardinals, Blue Jays and other organizations.
But Washington also has a top prospect from its own draft class of 2020.
Cade Cavalli, the 22nd overall pick out of the first round last year out of Oklahoma, began this season at high Single-A Wilmington, made 11 starts at Double-A Harrisburg, and then made his fourth start on Thursday for Triple-A Rochester.
“He has really developed so much on the field this year from each start,” Mark Scialabba, assistant general manager, player development, told Federal Baseball on Thursday about the native of Tulsa. “He has certainly been challenged along the way but he has certainly shown the electric stuff that has allowed him to have success and show everyone what he is capable of.”
Cavalli, 23, was 3-1 with an ERA of 1.77 in seven starts with the Blue Rocks before he was bumped up to Harrisburg.
With the Senators, he was 3-2, 2.79 in those 11 starts.
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In his fourth start with Rochester, he went five innings and allowed two earned runs to get the win over Buffalo on Thursday. The Red Wings are slated to end their season October 3.
“He is still a work in progress in certain areas,” Scialabba said. “He has to has to continue to command the strike zone and command his off-speed pitches, but he is learning how important it is to get ahead, stay ahead, and believe in his pitches.”
He was 1-3 with an ERA of 5.40 in his first four starts with Rochester.
Overall, Cavalli was 7-7 with an ERA of 2.88 in 22 starts at three levels on the season with a WHIP of 1.21.
Earlier this year, Cavalli jumped 49 spots on the Baseball America Top 100 list of prospects to 33rd overall.
“The emotions were unreal – a flood of emotions,” he told reporters after he was drafted by Washington. His goal with the club, he said on the night of the 2020 Draft, was another title after the won it all in 2019.
“Help the organization win a World Series,” Cavalli said.
“I ended up with the best organization out there; I am fired up.”