San Diego Padres Odrisamer Despaigne to make his Major League Debut Tonight

San Diego,CA- The San Diego Padres have called-up Cuban import right-handed pitcher Odrisamer Despaigne from Triple-A El Paso and he will make his major-league debut today against the San Francisco Giants in Andrew Cashner’s place. CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that San Diego Padres starting pitcher Andrew Cashner has been scratched from his start today against the San Francisco Giants today due to shoulder soreness. 

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According to Heyman the Padres are just being cautious with his shoulder that feels a little sore. Cashner missed four starts this season when he was on the disabled list due to soreness and irritation in his throwing elbow. Odrisamer Despaigne, 27, defected from Cuba last July and worked out for the Padres and other major league scouts along with Cardinals shortstop Aledmys Diaz in February  at the Padres’ spring training facility. 
Odrisamer Despaigne signed with the San Diego Padres on a minor league deal in early May. Odrisamer Despaigne began the season in Double-A, but was promoted to Triple-A El Paso after two starts. Despaigne is (1-3) with a 6.03 ERA and 41 strikeouts in 31 1/3 innings in seven starts between Double-A and Triple-A. The Padres will need to make another move in order to open a spot on their 40-man roster for Odrisamer Despaigne.

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  • Odrisamer Despaigne is expected to project as a 4th-5th starter in the rotation or a middle reliever at the major league level. Despaigne pitches from a variety of arm angles and throws his fastball between 92 mph- 94 mph.

    Here’s video of Odrisamer Despaigne’s minor league debut in Double-A San Antonio:

    "“I would say his stuff is average across the board. He’s got feel and he’s got deception, and he knows how to pitch. The biggest thing going for him is his ability to mix and match and change slots and change arm angles. He probably throws four different pitches from different slots and different angles. He never gives guys the same look, and he throws a lot of strikes. But he doesn’t have anything plus.” The official considers Odrisame Despaigne’s pitches to be fringe-average or slightly above-average, depending on the day. “I see him as a middle inning type of guy. He’s going to have to really throw a ton of strikes to have success. He’s really no different than a lot of six-year free agents and non-roster invitees that are out there right now. I think he fits in well to a bullpen probably as a middle inning reliever and potentially a long guy or a No. 5 starter.”"