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11/17/1986 (30 y, 3 m, 7 d)
2008 Rule 5 Draft - Round: 1, Pick: 3, Overall: 3, Team: San Diego Padres
$0.2M / 1 Years (2015)
Cabrera signed a minor league contract with the White Sox, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports. (1/17/2017)
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Year in Review:
A Rule 5 pick from the Colorado Rockies system, Cabrera not only stuck with the Padres, but was one of their bright spots. Cabrera made the jump from A-ball and still nearly completed his rookie season as a league-average hitter. Defensively, things were a little worse with a -10.1 UZR. All told, the season has to be considered at least somewhat successful. Not many 22-year-olds can make the jump from A-ball to everyday starter in the Majors and find themselves with an above-replacement-level season, but Cabrera did. The Padres could probably upgrade the position if they flip into a win-now mentality, but that seems highly unlikely.
The Year Ahead:
Cabrera’s outstanding speed (25 steals last year in 32 attempts) makes him a decent option for stolen bases and it should be interesting to see if his usually high OBP ability in the minors translates over. At one point in the minors he stole 73 bases in 89 attempts. A lot of that will be dictated by his ability to battle back in his at-bats since pitchers threw first-pitch strikes to him nearly 60% of the time – a testament to their lack of faith in the young shortstop. Cabrera is probably not the greatest of options despite his speed, since he hits for no power and doesn’t figure to score many runs with a lackluster lineup behind him. (R.J. Anderson)
After a solid 2009 rookie season, Cabrera ran hard into the Sophomore Slump, ending the season as one of the worst hitters in baseball. The Padres showed little faith in him bouncing back, acquiring both Jason Bartlett and Orlando Hudson to fill their middle infield spots in 2011, and Cabrera is likely ticketed for either a utility infielder job or a trip back to Triple-A this year. He has enough speed to steal some bases even in a reserve role, but the chances that he could end up off the roster entirely make it hard to justify investing too much in Cabrera on draft day. He has zero power and plays half his games in a pitcher’s paradise, so stolen bases are the only area where he might actually help your team. If he was a guaranteed 250 plate appearances, he could be worth a roster spot, but that seems like a best case scenario rather than an outcome you should bet on. (Dave Cameron)
The Quick Opinion:
Unless you play in a very deep NL-only league, you can do better.
After a breakout 2009, Cabrera failed to live up to expectations in 2010, and was sent to Triple-A last season. He walks at a decent clip and steals bases, but strikes out far too much for who won't contribute any power. (Chris Cwik)
After a breakout season in 2009, Cabrera failed to do much of anything over the next two years until the Padres called upon him in late May to see if he could fix their gaping hole at the shortstop position. It was then that he remembered his role in this game and he went on to lead the National League with 44 stolen bases. Even more impressive was the fact that he was caught just four times, giving him a 92% success rate, a feat seen only by the likes of Mike Trout, Desmond Jennings and Coco Crisp. Unfortunately, Cabrera doesn't offer much of anything else. He has almost no power (.078 isolated slugging percentage) and he doesn't hit for a high average (.246 in 2012), and has iffy defense. His glove and speed are just enough to keep him in the lineup, though. The Padres have already stated that the shortstop job is his to lose in 2013, so even with a half-decent spring, he should remain a regular in the lineup. If he can maintain his slightly better than average walk rate and possibly lower that 24.5% strikeout rate, then perhaps he'll increase his OBP and be able to maintain his 40-plus stolen base benchmark. (Howard Bender)
The Quick Opinion:
Cabrera is all about speed and virtually nothing else. He won't hit for a high average and has almost no power, but considering how thin the shortstop position is coupled with his ability to produce a 40-plus stolen base season with a full year's worth of at-bats, he'll have some value in roto leagues, for sure.
The Padres’ 26-year-old shortstop was in the midst of a breakout season when MLB slapped him with a
50-game suspension for violating the league’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program
. A .283 average with 108 hits, four home runs, 54 runs scored and 37 stolen bases were or were on pace to be career bests through just 95 games prior to his suspension. Some may consider the spike in performance a result of the PEDs, but others could point to his improvement in pitch recognition and plate discipline.
Brett Talley discussed
his plate discipline, highlighting an improved on-base percentage -- his OBP jumped from .324 in ‘12 to .355 in ‘13 -- thanks to better contact rates and less strikeouts. And obviously when one gets on board, he has a better chance to swipe bags and cross the plate -- essential fantasy contributions for middle infielders who lack pop. Going forward it’s difficult to predict which version of Cabrera we’re going to get. Is he going to be the .279 OBP guy with the 22.4% strikeout rate circa 2009, or will we see more of the .355 OBP, 15.9% K% 2013 version of Everth Cabrera? Either way, the switch-hitting shortstop may be a draft day value due to some site’s default rankings considering his totals came in 95 games. Cross your fingers and hope that a potential 50 steal, 100 run short stop falls in your lap in the middle rounds of your upcoming drafts. (Alan Harrison)
The Quick Opinion:
The steals should be there no matter which version of Everth Cabrera fantasy owners get this year. But the strikeout rate is important to his batting average and ability to get on base. And his true talent in that category is hard to figure, considering the timing of his suspension and break out.
It would appear that Cabrera's 2013 breakout may have had quite a bit to do with the PED suspension that cut the season short for him. Last year he saw his batting average drop more than 50 points, and he stole half as many bases in roughly the same amount of plate appearances. That could be why he was non-tendered by San Diego and has yet to be signed as of this writing. It's possible he lands in a situation where he gets some playing time, and he could be a cheap source of speed if that happens. But at this point it seems that Cabrera's value may have been incredibly short-lived. (
The Quick Opinion:
Returning from a drug suspension that cut short his 2013 season, Cabrera was wildly disappointing in 2014. He was non-tendered by the Padres and had not been signed elsewhere as of this writing.
The real intrigue with Cabrera wasn't just the speed at the always difficult to fill shortstop position, but the fact that he paired it with a 9-10% walk rate which meant he didn't have to entirely rely on his average to get on base. Of course a lot of times we see these types of players start to get challenged more because pitchers aren't afraid of powerful damage and the walk rate tanks. That has been the case with Cabrera, as he has just a 5% walk rate the last two seasons (albeit in just 496 plate appearances). Unfortunately, Cabrera's demise also lends credence to miracle effect that some bestow upon performance enhancing drugs. He was popped in the Biogenesis mess and simply hasn't been the same since. We've seen guys rise from further depths than this, and Cabrera is still on the right side of 30, but even latching on with a new team wouldn't give him any fantasy viability. He's at the stage where he needs to show something before he's worth a shot. (
The Quick Opinion:
Cabrera once looked like a promising speedy middle infielder, but he just hasn't been the same since 2013, posting a horrific .552 OPS with just 20 stolen bases in 119 games over the last two seasons. That came after seasons of 44 and 37 SB in 2012-13. Now he's looking for work at age 29.
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