Primarily a shortstop his first two seasons in high school, Cahill had pitched just 19 innings prior to 2006.
Trevor was an outstanding student, graduating from high school with a 4.6 grade point average, thanks to advanced placement classes. He graduated fifth in a class of about 650 students and scored 1,950 out of 2,400 on his SATs. That is why he committed to Dartmouth College of the Ivy League as a senior at Vista High School in San Diego in 2006. And on the mound his senior high school season, Cahill was 5-4 with a 2.31 ERA and 109 strikeouts in 67 innings.
The A's are confident Cahill will become more consistent with a professional approach to conditioning, training, and preparation.
In 2007, Baseball America rated Trevor as 10th-best prospect in the A's organization. And they moved him up to #6 in the spring of 2008.
Then, in the offseason before 2009 spring training, they had Cahill as second-best prospect in the Oakland A's farm system, behind only LHP Brett Anderson.
In 2007, Cahill was named the A's Minor League Pitcher of the Year. And in 2008, he was a repeat winner as A's organizational Pitcher of the Year.
In August 2008, Trevor was a member of Team USA in the Beijing Olympics.
Cahill is partial to classic rock and ranks Led Zeppelin among his favorite bands and warms up during games to the accompaniment of Jefferson Airplane's "White Rabbit."
- Trevor's nickname is "Pterodactyl," or "Dactyl" for short.
Cahill was tested for food allergies during the 2012 offseason and the results convinced him to avoid gluten and dairy products.
Cahill warms up to the song "White Rabbit" by Jefferson Airplane.
June 2006: The A's chose Cahill in the second round, out of Vista High School in San Diego. Instead of going to Dartmouth College, Cahill signed with the A's for a bonus of $560,000. Craig Weissmann is the scout who signed him.
December 9, 2011: The Diamondbacks sent P Jarrod Parker, OF Collin Cowgill, and P Ryan Cook to the A's; acquiring Cahill, P Craig Breslow, and cash.
April 2, 2015: The Braves acquired Cahill and cash considerations from the D-backs in exchange for Minor League outfielder Josh Elander.
June 19, 2015: The Braves released Cahill.
July 2, 2015: The Dodgers signed Cahill to a Minor League contract.
Aug. 14, 2015: The Dodgers released Trevor.
August 19, 2015: Cahill signed a Minor League deal with the Cubs.
December 14, 2015: The Cubs signed free agent Cahill.
Nov 3, 2016: Cahill chose free agency.
Jan 20, 2017: The Padres signed free agent Cahill.
- July 24, 2017: The Royals and Padres swapped multiple Major League pitchers with Kansas City sending Matt Strahm, Travis Wood, Minor League infield prospect Esteury Ruiz and cash considerations to San Diego in exchange for Ryan Buchter, Trevor Cahill, and Brandon Maurer.
|Birth City:||Oceanside, CA|
|Draft:||A's #2 - 2006 - Out of high school (CA)|
Cahill has a devastating 87-92 mph two-seam FASTBALL with hard late sink, a 90-95 mph four-seam fastball, a swing-and-miss 80 mph 12-to-6 knuckle-CURVEBALL with excellent downer movement, a 77-78 mph knuckle-CURVE, a hard 82-84 mph SLIDER that he can throw from different angles and has cutter-like action at times, and a circle-CHANGEUP.
His two-seam fastball has very good sink and bores in on lefty hitters. That sinker moves so much that sometimes it is difficult to keep it in the strike zone. It could potentially be among the best sinkers in baseball.
His changeup has improved dramatically and he uses it in any count. He is still developing his slider, which is good but erratic. But it is his curveball that is the best because hitters have such a tough time picking up the rotation on it out of his hand. He uses it in any count.
2016 Season Pitch Usage: 4-seam Fastball: 6.8% of the time; Sinker 47.7% of the time; Change 26.1%; Slider .1%; CURVE 19.2%; and Cutter .2% of the time.
- Cahill has the rare combination of a strikeout pitcher who gets groundballs and doesn't allow many walks. With his repertoire and command, hitters often had to guess which pitch was coming next, slowing down their bats and rarely resulting in good contact.
Trevor has good command, poise, and mound presence. He is mature for his age.
In 2008, Cahill grew into his body. People noticed a big jump in his confidence; it showed in his body language.
And in 2009, Trevor's poise improved. He didn't panic, instead showing confidence and an ability to take control of a situation. But he also gave up an A's rookie record 27 home runs.
His delivery is simple and compact. And he has good balance over the rubber. But, he occasionally cuts off his extension a little short out front, putting too much unnecessary strain on his back and shoulder.
But as of spring, 2015, Trevor was throwing from a higher arm slot to create more consistency in his release point, something he worked on with Mike Harkey, the D'Backs pitching coach all winter. And the results were promising.
But Cahill got off to a rough start in 2015.
- 2015 Improvements: The righthander struggled mightily in 2014 and was demoted at one point to Class A to work on his mechanics. Command was a big issue for Cahill, and at the root of that was his inability to keep a consistent release point.
"I'm getting there," Cahill said. "I just changed a couple of things, so I'm just getting to where it comes out at the same point every time. It feels good. I feel like I have a better understanding of what to key off of to get consistent."
Cahill focused on throwing more over the top during his workouts before 2015 spring trainng. In the past, his arm angle was lower. There still is some work for Cahill to do, however, when it comes to his signature pitch, the sinker.
"The four-seamer feels good, curveball and changeup feel good," Cahill said. "It's just finding the sinker grip where I can still get some movement on it, but stay over the top." (By Steve Gilbert / MLB.com 2/25/15)
In 2015, coming from a higher, more over-the-top arm slot, he had more success because he is more straight-on to the plate.
- As of the start of the 2017 season, Trevor has a career record of 69-76 with 4.05 ERA, having allowed 114 home runs and 1,097 hits in 1,149 innings.
- In 2010, A's manager Bob Geren noted what a great job Trevor did on defense.
"Cahill's had an incredible fielding year on the mound," Geren said. "He's been unbelievable. He just has a real wide spread of the arms where he catches a lot of balls up the middle that other guys won't get to. And he's a ground ball pitcher; he gets himself into a position in his delivery to flag down a lot of balls that are hit."
In 2006, Cahill was headed toward being a first round pick, but strep throat led to a couple of poor outings just a couple of weeks before the draft. So Cahill dropped to round two.
In 2006, after signing with the A's, he was limited to just four appearances by a rotator cuff injury. "It wasn't that serious," Cahill said during 2007 spring training. "It's alright now. I keep stretching so it doesn't tighten up on me."
Before the 2007 season: Trevor suffered with a viral infection that caused him to lose weight. But he gained 20 pounds later in the year.
- August 2008: Cahill strained his ribcage during the Olympics and was shut down after that.
April 4-20, 2010: Trevor began the season on the D.L. with a left scapula stress reaction. Technically, that is a stress reaction in the left shoulder blade area, which is strange because he is a righthanded pitcher.
Cahill says the problem first cropped up the year before. The bone injury is typically the result of a repetitive motion.
July 1-August 16, 2013: Cahill was on the D.L. with a right hip contusion.
July 9-Aug 16, 2016: Cahill was on the D.L. with right knee patellar tendinitis.
April 6-16, 2017: Trevor was on the DL with strained lower back.
May 14-July 4, 2017: Trevor was on the DL with strained right shoulder.
August 10-Sept 1, 2017: Cahill was on the DL with a right shoulder impingement. It was later discovered that he had "rotator cuff fatigue".