These 2 young phenom pitchers were traded for one another along with other prospects during the 2011 off season. Oakland who is known to produce great young pitching talent from the likes of Tim Hudson, Barry Zito, and Mark Mulder. Honorable mentions are Rich Harden, Aaron Harang, Billy Koch, Keith Foulke, and Houston Street, all of which have pitching in Oakland since the 21st century.
Cahill has been pitching in the MLB since 2009 with the Oakland A’s, and has held his ground for most part. In 3 seasons in Oakland his combined record is 40-35, pitching over 580 innings in those years, not bad having only one winning season. His best year came in 2010 where he held high caliber numbers, with a record of 18-8, a 2.97 ERA, and 118 K. I believe is low K kept him out of the CY Young award. He holds a career ERA of 3.91 and WHIP of 1.32. The A’s shipped a lot of pitching out this year for prospects before they lose their players for absolutely nothing. Cahill enters a club fresh off the 2011 playoff run, and adds to an already young and dangerous rotation in Arizona. Cahill will most likely sit in the number 2 hole out of spring training behind Ian Kennedy and in front of Daniel Hudson. If you take Kennedy’s, Hudson’s and Cahill’s win totals from 2011, you have 3 front line starters who combined for 49 total wins, that’s only one win shy of the Phillies starting 3 rotation (Halladay, Lee, and Hamels). My Prediction for Cahill: 17-10, 3.45 ERA, 133 K
The high risk-high reward goes to the Oakland A’s and Jarrod Parker. Parker once rated a top prospect by baseball America broke hearts in 2009 as he underwent successful Tommy John Surgery. Jarrod was drafted 9th overall in 2007 by the Arizona Diamondbacks before getting traded to Oakland this off season for Cahill. In his first full season in 2008 Parker went 12-5, striking out 117 batters in just 117 IP. Out of 113 Hits Parker allowed in 08’, he managed to just give up 8 HR. Before undergoing surgery in 09’ he managed to pitch a combined 20 games for High-A and AA. His totals for the 2009 season were 5-6, with a 3.14 ERA. Parker allowed 94 hits in 97 IP, and striking out 95. In 2011 Parker was brought up to the MLB and pitched for the Diamondbacks including the playoffs. He made a total of 6 innings pitched of work, with a 0.00 ERA. He gave up 6 total hits, allowing 1 ER, 2 BB and 1 K. This was just the start for Parker and perhaps a trade show for the Diamondbacks. If parker can live up to his potential, the A’s made and even swap, or perhaps upgraded from Cahill. If Parker makes the MLB starting rotation roster, I am not sure what to project for his shoulder issues. However, I will project full season stats for Parker as a starter: 10-10 4.50 ERA, 101 K