Edwar Alfonso Cabrera
- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 6' 0", Weight 175 lb.
Pitcher Edwar Cabrera came to the majors in 2012.
He was signed by scouts Martin Cabrera and Rolando Fernandez and Colorado Rockies' Dominican Operations manager Jhonathan Leyba for the Rockies in 2008. He began his first pro campaign with the DSL Rockies and was excellent (5-1, 0.92, 75 K, 26 H in 48 2/3 IP), earning a promotion to the Casper Rockies, where things fell apart (0-4, 7.80 despite 38 K in 30 IP). '09 was also split between the same clubs with a 1-0, 1.16 record and 50 whiffs in 31 innings in the DSL and an improved 3.38 ERA for Casper with 28 K in 21 1/3 innings.
The Dominican lefty had mixed results with the 2010 Tri-City Dust Devils - a poor record (1-8) but a decent ERA (3.07) and great strikeout rate (87 in 73 1/3 innings). He led the Northwest League in losses, but also in strikeouts (10 more than runner-up Josh Hungerman) and 7th in ERA (between Matt Branham and Nate Long). He spent 2011 with the Asheville Tourists (4-2, 3.14, 110 K, 18 BB in 86 IP) and the Modesto Nuts (4-1, 3.56, 107 K, 23 BB in 81 IP). He set the Rockies minor league strikeout record, breaking Josh Kalinowski's mark of 215 set in 1998. He also led the minor leagues in whiffs.
Cabrera began 2012 with the Tulsa Drillers and had a solid start (8-4, 2.94, 82 K, 65 H in 98 IP). He was selected for the World team for the 2012 Futures Game a few days before making his debut, causing him to miss the Futures Game. He was called up to replace Alex White but only lasted one start before he would be back on the farm.
Cabrera made his major league debut with the Rockies on June 27, 2012. He was the starting pitcher against the Washington Nationals but was hit very hard, giving up 7 runs (5 earned) and 3 home runs (to Tyler Moore, Ryan Zimmerman and Ian Desmond) in 2 1/3 innings. He was then sent down to the Colorado Springs Sky Sox to make way for Drew Pomeranz.