Cashner named 2013 Pitcher of the Year

SAN DIEGO - The San Diego Padres today announced that right-handed pitcher Andrew Cashner has been unanimously named recipient of the Clyde McCullough Pitcher of the Year Award, as voted on by the San Diego chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America. Cashner is a first-time winner of the award. The Padres will announce the 2013 recipient of the Most Valuable Player award on Thursday.

Cashner, 27, went 10-9 with a 3.09 ERA (60 ER, 175.0 IP), a .233 (151-for-647) opponent batting average and 128 strikeouts against 47 walks over 31 games, 26 starts. In his 26 starts, the right-hander went 10-9 with a 3.04 ERA (56 ER, 165.2 IP). He set career-highs in several categories, including wins, starts, complete games, innings pitched, quality starts (19) and strikeouts. In his 11 starts at Petco Park, Cashner posted a 5-4 record with a 1.92 ERA (16 ER, 75.0 IP), a .221 (60-for-271) opponent batting average and 50 strikeouts against just 12 walks, the third-lowest ERA ever by a Padres starter in a single season at Petco Park.

Acquired by the Padres in a four-player trade with the Chicago Cubs prior to the 2012 season, Cashner led the team in ERA, ranked second in wins, innings pitched, strikeouts, quality starts and complete games and third in games started. On September 16 at Pittsburgh, he tossed a one-hit shutout, his first career complete game, while facing the minimum 27 batters, becoming the first player in Padres team history to face the minimum 27 batters in a nine-inning complete game. The performance was voted on by fans at MLB.com to be the Head & Shoulders Pitching Performance of the Month among all of Major League Baseball for September.

The 27-year-old finished his season by going 3-4 with a 1.70 ERA (12 ER, 63.2 IP) and a .199 (46-for-231) opponent batting average over his final nine starts from August 2 through September 22. He did not allow an earned run over his final 16.0 innings pitched and allowed just three earned runs over his final five starts, going 2-1 with a 0.72 ERA (3 ER, 37.2 IP) in that stretch.