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Asdrubal Cabrera

Asdrubal Jose Cabrera

  • Bats 6' 0", Weight 170 lb.
  • Bats Both, Throws Right

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Asdrubal Cabrera debuted in the major leagues at age 21 in late 2007.

Cabrera was signed by scout Emilio Carrasquel in August of 2002 for the Seattle Mariners. He debuted professionally with the 2003 Aguirre team and hit .283/~.369/.384 and made the Venezuelan Summer League All-Star team at shortstop. In 2004, the 18-year-old debuted in the US with the Everett AquaSox and batted .272/.330/.427 in 63 games. He made the Northwest League All-Star team at shortstop. Baseball America ranked him as the #8 prospect in the NWL, between Richie Robnett and Matt Macri.

In 2005, Cabrera led Mariners farmhands with 10 triples. He played for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (.318/.407/.474 in 51 games, mostly at second base), Inland Empire 66ers (.284/.325/.418 in 55 games, back at SS) and the Tacoma Rainiers (.217/.250/.304 in games). Just 19 years old, he had made it to AAA. Baseball America rated him as the best defensive second baseman in the Midwest League. They also said he was the #19 prospect in the MWL and #12 in the California League, between John Danks and Chris Iannetta.

The Venezuelan hit .236/.323/.360 for the Tacoma Rainiers in his first 60 games of 2006. He was then dealt to the Cleveland Indians for Eduardo Perez.

With Cleveland, he was assigned to the Buffalo Bisons and batted .263/.295/.337 in 52 contests.

In 2007, Cabrera spent most of the year in AA, a level he had skipped before. He produced at a .310/.383/.454 line in 96 games for the Akron Aeros with 78 runs and 23 steals (in 30 tries). He batted .316/.350/.395 in nine contests for the Bisons also. Through August 25, he was tied for fourth in the Eastern League with Jackson Melian in average. By that time, though, Cabrera was already in the majors.

Called up to replace Mike Rouse on the roster, Cabrera grounded out to 2B Andy Gonzalez while facing Jon Garland in his first at-bat in the major leagues. He hit .283/.354/.421 in 45 games for the 2007 Indians and made just one error in the field.

Cabrera turned an unassisted triple play on May 12, 2008. He made a diving grab of a liner from Lyle Overbay, touched second to force Kevin Mench then tagged out Marco Scutaro to complete the play. It was the 14th such play in MLB history.

On May 17, 2010, Cabrera fractured his left forearm in a collision with 3B Jhonny Peralta in a loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. The Indians were in a defensive shift with Hank Blalock at the plate when the two collided behind second base as Cabrera dove to field a ground ball hit up the middle.

On May 18, 2011, Asdrubal hit two home runs and got five hits against the Reds. He became only the fifth MLB shortstop with a 5-hit, 2-homer day; the others had been Roy McMillan, Cal Ripken Jr., John Valentin and Barry Larkin.

Cabrera was the hero for the Indians on Opening Day on April 2, 2013 against the Toronto Blue Jays. He hit a two-run homer off R.A. Dickey in the 5th, then in the 6th, with the bases loaded and none out, made a backhanded grab on a sharply hit ground ball by Adam Lind to start a rally-killing double play that secured his team's 4-1 win.

Sources: 2007 Indians Media Guide, MILB.com, 2004-2007 Baseball Almanacs

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • 2-time AL All-Star (2011 & 2012)
  • AL Silver Slugger Award Winner (2011)
  • 20-Home Run Seasons: 1 (2011)

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