September players of the month
Hitter of the month:
C/1B – Yasmani Grandal
September totals: 291/408/519 – 4 HR, 6 2B, 14 RBI, 16 R
For a very short time in 2012, the tandem of Yasmani Grandal and Yonder Alonso became the Y’s guys because of their torrid offensive production. Shortly there after, Alonso started getting hurt and dropped off the map. Grandal got suspended and then hurt, wiping out his 2013. Alonso has not recovered but during the final month of the 2014 season, Grandal showed a glimpse of the promise that made him part of the Mat Latos deal. Grandal says his surgically-repaired knee is finally back to normal and that could be the reason for his increased production. It will be interesting to see if the strong finish will make Grandal a part of the team’s future plans, despite his sub-par 225/307/401 this season.
Pitcher of the month:
RHP – Andrew Cashner
September totals: 3-1, 3.00 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, 36 IP, 6.25 K/9
If it wasn’t for a stinker during the final weekend of the season, Cashner’s September would have been impeccable. In addition to earning National League player of the week honors, Cash came within 2 outs of becoming the first Padre in 25 years to post back-to-back complete game shutouts. As is always the case with the big Texan, the question is never stuff or ability. The question for Cashner is whether he can consistently throw more than 150 innings in a season. Or, perhaps, whether he will get the chance to do so in a Padres uniform.