Alberto Antonio Cabrera
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 4", Weight 210 lb.
Alberto Cabrera made it to the majors in 2012.
Cabrera signed with the Chicago Cubs in July 2005; the scouts were Jose Serra and Sandy Nin. He made his pro debut the next summer with the DSL Cubs, going 5-6 with a 2.27 ERA, striking out 55 and walking 18 in 71 1/3 IP. He tied for 8th in the Dominican Summer League in losses. He fell to 3-3, 5.40 in his first season in the US, with the 2007 Boise Hawks, while battling shoulder problems. He spent 2008 with the Peoria Chiefs, going 4-6 with a 5.71 ERA with nearly as many walks (30) as strikeouts (37) in 52 innings.
Back with Peoria in 2009, the 20-year-old made some progress, going 8-2 with a save and a 4.48 ERA. He walked 54 and threw 16 wild pitches in 96 1/3 innings. He tied for 5th in the Midwest League in wild pitches. He split 2010 between the Daytona Cubs (7-5, 3.28) and Tennessee Smokies (0-4, 6.33, 1.90 WHIP). He threw 20 wild pitches for the year, the most of any Cubs minor leaguer. Chicago added him to their 40-man roster that winter.
In 2011, Cabrera struggled with Tennessee (6-2, 5.36) and the Iowa Cubs (3-6, 6.60) with a 1.84 WHIP on the year, walking 74, throwing 15 wild pitches and allowing a .322 average. He was second in the Chicago chain in walks and tied for second in wild pitches. That winter, he was 0-1 with a 4.74 ERA for the Toros del Este. Alberto began 2012 back with the Smokies, now as a reliever and doing better (2-1, 5 Sv, 2.52 in 23 G, 45 K in 35 2/3 IP). Returning to Iowa, he was 2-0 with a 4.19 ERA and 29 strikeouts after 19 1/3 innings but with a .337 average allowed after posting a .217 mark for Tennessee. He was still given the call-up to The Show when Chicago dealt away Paul Maholm and Ryan Dempster at the trading deadline and moved reliever Casey Coleman to the rotation, opening a spot in the bullpen.
In his MLB debut, Cabrera relieved Shawn Camp with a 7-1 deficit in the 8th, two on and none out against the Pirates. He had a fine inning, retiring Alex Presley on a fly then striking out both fellow rookie Starling Marte and Josh Harrison to escape the jam. Carlos Marmol relieved him in the 9th.
Sources: 2012 Cubs Media Guide