In 2017, Cavalli graduated from Bixby High School in Oklahoma
Cade missed most of his senior season with a back injury. He hit .416 as a junior.
In 2017, the Braves chose Cavalli in the 29th round, but Cade chose the Univ In the summer of 2018, Cade posted a 4
In 2017, the Braves chose Cavalli in the 29th round, but Cade chose the Univ
In the summer of 2018, Cade posted a 4
Cade loves to play golf. He loves the outdoors and going duck hunting. He can often be seen bow hunting deer on weekends with a handful of Sooner buds and his brother, Tristian. He also knows his way around a set of nunchucks.
The 2018 Season: Cade joined Oklahoma as a 2-way player. He played in 62 games as a freshman, but struggled to hit as he struck out 94 times in 235 plate appearances and put up a .665 OPS.
He also pitched that season, mostly out of the bullpen where he made 9 appearances with 2 additional starts. The results weren’t good there, either. He threw 17.1 innings with a 6.75 ERA as he allowed 18 hits, walked 13 batters, hit three more, and struck out 18.
The regular season campaign was followed up with a trip to the Cape Cod League. In 13.0 innings he posted a 4.15 ERA, but walked 15 batters with 15 strikeouts.
2019 Season: Cavalli had a breakout year in 2019, starting 12 games for the Sooners and posting a 3.28 ERA in 60.1 IP, giving up 35 walks and striking out 59.
2020 Season: He was having a really strong start to the 2020 season before it was unceremoniously cut short, starting four games with a 4.18 ERA in 23.2 IP. Cavalli had 37 strikeouts to just five walks in those starts.
June 2020: The Nationals chose Cavalli in the first round (#22 overall), out of the Univ. of Oklahoma. Cade signed for $3,027,000, via scout Jerad Head.
June 2020: Here are 10 facts you should know about Cavalli:
–Along with playing baseball, Cavalli has a passion for cutting hair. In fact, Cavalli has an Instagram page (@cavz_cutz) dedicated to his craft, showing off the work he's done for teammates, friends and family. It's a hobby that started early for Cavalli, who buzzed his own hair as a kid before later buying a self-cut system that enabled him to cut and style his own hair with more detail. He's become the go-to barber for many current and former Oklahoma baseball players.
–When he's not cutting hair in his free time, Cavalli is also an avid outdoorsman who enjoys both duck hunting and bow hunting for deer with his teammates and his brother, Tristian –Cavalli's father, Brian, also played baseball at Oklahoma in 1990 –Similar to his father, Cade was drafted out of high school –Cavalli, who also played basketball in high school, set the Bixby High School record for doubles and extra-base hits in a single season as a junior –That back injury didn't stop Cavalli from contributing as a two-way star upon his arrival at Oklahoma –Cavalli took his game to another level in 2019, starting 12 Friday games on the mound and appearing in another 19 games as a designated hitter –His fastball sits at 92-96 mph and tops out at 98 mph with riding action –Cavalli was selected to play for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team last summer –Cavalli was off to an impressive start on the mound in 2020, racking up 37 strikeouts to just five walks over 23 2/3 innings in four starts before the season was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic
–When he's not cutting hair in his free time, Cavalli is also an avid outdoorsman who enjoys both duck hunting and bow hunting for deer with his teammates and his brother, Tristian.
–Cavalli's father, Brian, also played baseball at Oklahoma in 1990. Brian Cavalli was selected in the 50th round of the 1989 MLB Draft by the Cardinals, but instead chose to attend college and play for the Sooners. He later spent one season as a catcher for Class A Boise in the Angels' farm system.
–Similar to his father, Cade was drafted out of high school. He was taken in the 29th round of the 2017 Draft by the Braves, but he opted to play at Oklahoma.
–Cavalli, who also played basketball in high school, set the Bixby High School record for doubles and extra-base hits in a single season as a junior. Cavalli didn't take the mound until he was a sophomore at Bixby High and missed most of his senior season with back issues, but still emerged as Oklahoma's top prep pitching prospect in 2017.
–That back injury didn't stop Cavalli from contributing as a two-way star upon his arrival at Oklahoma. He played in 62 games (55 starts) as a freshman, hitting .202 with six home runs, while also striking out 18 batters over 17 1/3 innings in his 11 pitching appearances, including a pair of starts.
–Cavalli took his game to another level in 2019, starting 12 Friday games on the mound and appearing in another 19 games as a designated hitter. He went 5-3 with a 3.28 ERA over 60 1/3 innings, while posting a .319/.393/.611 hitting line across 72 at-bats. Cavalli's all-around contributions earned him First Team All-Big 12 honors as a utility player.
–His fastball sits at 92-96 mph and tops out at 98 mph with riding action. Cavalli can also make hitters look bad with a low-80s curveball that has both power and depth, and he has developed an upper-80s slider/cutter that is catching up to his curve, according to MLB Pipeline. He's shown the potential for an average changeup, though he'll need to start using that pitch more often.
–Cavalli was selected to play for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team last summer. He made one appearance for Team USA, allowing one run over 2 2/3 innings in his lone appearance against Cuba.
–Cavalli was off to an impressive start on the mound in 2020, racking up 37 strikeouts to just five walks over 23 2/3 innings in four starts before the season was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (P Casella - MLB.com - June 10, 2020)
While Fernando Abad and Wander Suero were doing their thing, providing top-notch haircuts in the Nationals' clubhouse, Cade had turned his kitchen into a makeshift barbershop as a student-athlete at Oklahoma. Only 21 years old, the right-hander estimates he already has given 500 haircuts to teammates, family and friends.
“It’s a good opportunity to get to know the guys,” Cavalli said. “Everyone was with each other all the time. You naturally get closer, you get to know people through that.”
Cavalli considers the fade to be his “trademark” haircut. He showcases his work on a dedicated Instagram page (@cavs_cutz) that features in-progress videos and before-and-after transformations. He’s posted over 30 cuts in 14 months.
“I’ve received probably close to a dozen haircuts from Cav,” said Brady Lindsly, Cade's college teammate (also was drafted by the Nationals) Like Nationals manager Davey Martinez's having his haircut by Suero and Abad, Sooners head coach Skip Johnson appreciated the team aspect of Cavalli’s work
“I’ve received probably close to a dozen haircuts from Cav,” said Brady Lindsly, Cade's college teammate (also was drafted by the Nationals). “They just keep getting better, so I keep going to him. He’s given me some really good haircuts. It’s just really awesome that he does that. I think it’s hilarious. He’s really talented at it, honestly.”
Like Nationals manager Davey Martinez's having his haircut by Suero and Abad, Sooners head coach Skip Johnson appreciated the team aspect of Cavalli’s work. “I think it adds to some camaraderie, for sure,” Johnson said. “He’s pretty talented. He has charisma. He’s a typical barber [laughs]. It’s never a dull moment with him, so it was pretty cool.”
With each snip of the scissors, a relationship grows. The clippers and capes become just as important as the bats and gloves as a way for the players to build chemistry off the field. Just as Abad and Suero’s operation grew from one to two chairs, there could be room for a third for Cavalli.
“MLB Barbershop,” Abad said. (Camerato - mlb.com - 6/17/2020)
Cavalli took advantage of being at the Nationals' alternate training site, in Fredericksburg, Virginia. in August, 2020 He would throw five innings or 75 pitches every sixth day at the Nationals' alternate training site in Fredericksburg, Va. The coronavirus pandemic wiped out the minor league season, but now the 22-year-old from Oklahoma is facing the most proven minor league hitters in the system.
“I get to be around a lot of guys who have lived it and done it," Cavalli said. "There’s a lot of wisdom in camp. The game situations have gone smoothly, and the feedback from our hitters has been awesome."
Cade is very likable guy. He is a gentleman and very polite.
In 2020, Cavalli logged more than 50 innings combined between the alternate training site in Fredericksburg, Va., and instructional league in Florida, so he should be ready to go in 2021.
Cade fit right into a spot in the club’s 60-man player pool and impressed the big leaguers with his performance in a simulated game at Nationals Park before the start of the delayed major league season. Cavalli had back issues in high school and a stress reaction in his arm in college, but he was healthy all summer while adjusting to pitching every sixth day instead of once a week.
In 2021, the Baseball America Prospect Handbook rated Cavalli as the #1 prospect in the Nationals' organization. And he was at #2 in 2022.
Cavalli has a strong work ethic and a desire to not just make the majors but to become a regular all-star.
July 11, 2021: Cavalli pitch in the All-Star Futures Game. He averaged 99.1 mph with his six fastballs.
Aug 26, 2022: Cade had been anticipating his Major League debut for a while. Not in the sense that he was getting anxious and impatient, but rather prepared through daily meditation and visualization.
“I put myself on that mound plenty of times before I got there,” Cavalli said Cavalli, the Nationals’ No “There was no panic,” Cavalli said Cavalli’s debut had been highly anticipated since he excelled in the Minors last year—his first full season of pro ball since being drafted “It was talked about for a while,” Cavalli said of his debut
“I put myself on that mound plenty of times before I got there,” Cavalli said. “So I felt like I had already been there. It was really cool.”
Cavalli, the Nationals’ No. 4 prospect, per MLB Pipeline, tossed 4 1/3 innings in the Nationals’ 7-3 loss to the Reds. The 24-year-old right-hander allowed seven runs, six hits and two walks, struck out six and hit three batters across 99 pitches.
“There was no panic,” Cavalli said. “I felt very composed. But I’ve got to execute more; it comes down to that. You’ve got to execute pitches, and I didn’t do that tonight. I didn’t put my team in a position to win a ballgame. I’ve got to be better.”
Cavalli’s debut had been highly anticipated since he excelled in the Minors last year—his first full season of pro ball since being drafted. He was with the team late into Spring Training and was expected to make it to the bigs this year, but the club didn’t want to rush him until they felt he was ready to stay in the starting rotation.
“It was talked about for a while,” Cavalli said of his debut. “That’s something that’s very hard to ignore as a player because it’s popping up and your teammates and everyone’s talking about it. But the biggest mental challenge for me was being able to just stay present—it was a blessing that I got to be able to do that mental exercise. Every single day, I had to wake up and just be like, ‘I’m going to be present here in Triple-A and get better so that if I do get the opportunity to get here, I want to make a statement.’ That’s what I’m trying to do.”
Following nearly two full seasons of accumulating Minor League accolades and tallying double-digit strikeouts, Cavalli earned the callup to start the series opener against the Reds after going 3-1 with a 1.47 ERA in his last seven starts with Rochester.
“It was very, very exciting,” Cavalli said A key for Cavalli was putting those emotions out of mind and zoning in on the zone “He repeated his mechanics really well, which was really nice,” manager Dave Martinez said “He’s gonna be really good,” said Reds manager David Bell It would be understandable for Cavalli to think far down the road after reaching a monumental milestone “You’re working hard because this is your dream,” Cavalli said TRANSACTIONS
“It was very, very exciting,” Cavalli said. “I’ve been working my entire life. Whenever you get told that, it’s kind of like a shock at first. I was like, ‘Holy moly, this is really going on?’ I was about to call my pops, and all that emotion just hit me and flooded me. I walked out the locker room and I just broke down.”
A key for Cavalli was putting those emotions out of mind and zoning in on the zone. He landed 57 of his 99 pitches for strikes and delivered a mix of 40 percent four-seam fastballs (maxed at 97.8 mph), 36 percent curveballs, 13 percent changeups, eight percent sliders and two percent sinkers. Cavalli worked through some issues gripping the ball as well.
“He repeated his mechanics really well, which was really nice,” manager Dave Martinez said. “That’s something that when he left Spring Training, we wanted him to do. We added the changeup and he worked on it, and his changeup will play here. I mean, it really will. He threw some good ones, so that to me is exciting. Moving forward, I’m actually really excited to see him go out and compete again in five days.” Cavalli also made a strong impression on his first Major League opponent.
“He’s gonna be really good,” said Reds manager David Bell. “That’s an understatement. I know everybody here knows that. We were talking about that in the dugout. You can tell he’s got the stuff to be here, and probably will be for a long time. Even being on the other side, it’s fun to watch somebody like that in their debut.
It would be understandable for Cavalli to think far down the road after reaching a monumental milestone. But for him, it is another stepping-stone in a Major League career that is just beginning.
“You’re working hard because this is your dream,” Cavalli said. “When you’re down there and you’re doing your job, you’ve just got to stay present and try not to think about that too much. I’m honestly just glad that it happened. I had to get better and earn my way here.” (J Camerato - MLB.com - Aug 27, 2022)