Cishek continues to make name for himself

SAN FRANCISCO — Steve Cishek isn’t just making a name for himself right now. The 25-year-old right-hander pretty much has thrown better than any reliever in the Marlins’ organization since Sping Training.

“I said last week, the guy who impressed me most on the Miami Marlins all year long was him, since Spring Training,” manager Ozzie Guillen said. “This kid has got a chance to be a good one.”

Cool under pressure, Cishek is 3-0 with an 0.79 ERA in 12 appearances. He has 12 strikeouts in 11 1/3 innings and four walks.

“Cold blood,” Guillen said, meaning Cishek has ice-water in his blood.

A fifth round pick in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, Cishek has the makings of a future closer. His fastball is in the mid-90s, and he has a side-arm delivery. He might get some save chances right now with Heath Bell struggling.

Pitching two scoreless innings under intense pressure in Wednesday’s 3-2 win in 10 innings just continues to build his confidence.

“I think any outing helps,” Cishek said. “When you’re able to put a zero on the board, it boosts your confidence. Yeah, the hostile environment might bring a little more excitement and boost the adrenaline. But as long as you put a zero on the board, it’s all the same, in terms of gaining experience.”

Catcher John Buck says Cishek hasn’t come close to reaching his potential.

“I don’t think he’s even touched the iceberg in how good he can get,” Buck said. “It’s the deceptiveness. It’s the not very common arm angle — ankles and elbows going everywhere. He’s going from the side, and the way he kind of jumps out at you.”

Joe Frisaro

 

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