Final 2004 Scouting Report: 2B, Marcos Cabral

The New York Mets selected Marcos Cabral in the 31st round of the 2002 draft out of Southwest Miami High School and began his professional career with the Kingsport Mets in 2003. Here is a scouting report on the K-Mets' second baseman, Marcos Cabral.

Vital Statistics:
Name: Marcos Cabral
Position: Second Base
DOB: April 4, 1984
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 180
Bats: Right
Throws: Right

When Marcos Cabral was drafted he knew right away that he wanted to immediately begin his professional career and forego college. Cabral told us: "Right out of high school I knew I wanted to enter professional baseball and just get better as fast as I can. I pretty much knew professional baseball would be my path." Cabral began his professional career in the Appalachian League in the summer of 2003 with the Kingsport Mets and had an unspectacular debut, to say the least. He struggled at the plate and hit just .198 with the K-Mets but did show good patience.

What was the reason for his early struggles? As is the case with most high school players making the leap into the pros, his body was just not developed enough. "Last year I had problems physically, I was not physically strong enough to last the entire season. I had to get my body ready physically, I learned lots of things on the mental part of the game. I worked on my hitting a lot with different coaches, and they really helped me a lot on my mechanical part of my swing." The Mets sent Cabral back to Kingsport this past season for some more seasoning after working on his mechanics in extended Spring Training. And the extra work seemed to pay off as Cabral was definitely a different hitter in 2004. Cabral hit .267 and showed more pop in his bat than he did his first year, slugging an admirable .388.

Known as a defensive wizard, Cabral got drafted on the strength of his defense and drew early comparisons in high school to another former Met, Rey Ordonez. "What I have that I don't think every player has is my defense. That is the biggest part of my game. I make plays that other guys can't make, I turn many double plays that many can't turn. I think I am a solid defender that you can put out on the field every day, and that you know I will get the outs", says Cabral. But like Ordonez, Cabral's Achilles' heel is his offensive production.

Year

Team

AVG.

AB

Hits

HR

RBI

R

SB

BB

K

OBP

SLG

2004

Kingsport

.267

116

31

2

10

20

3

15

25

.356

.388

2004

Kingsport

.198

131

26

0

9

15

4

21

25

.316

.252


* Stats as of 10/1/04

Batting and Power. As is the case with most middle infielders, Cabral does not possess great power. In fact, his power is definitely below average. What he is able to do is hit the ball into the gaps and has the ability to rack up quite a few doubles. He has a decent eye at the plate and is very selective but will have to work on his pitch recognition with the breaking stuff. How he handles the off-speed pitches will go a long way towards figuring out his future as a legit prospect. Until he does, Cabral is a .260-.270 hitter. He does have the ability to hit to all fields.

Base Running and Speed. Cabral is a good base runner with adequate speed but does not have the blazing speed usually attributed to middle infielders. He'll pick his spots and steal a base if the pitcher is not paying attention. He projects to steal 10-15 bases annually. Cabral is a better runner when in motion...meaning, he's better from first to third than he is from first to second.

Defense. Defense is truly the strength of Cabral's game. He makes the hardest of plays look routine. Whether it is playing second base or shortstop, Cabral can turn a double play with the best of them. He has fantastic range and a very good arm. Defensively, Cabral already has the look of a Major League infielder.

Projection. Still so early in his development, it's hard to see Marcos Cabral as a legit starting second baseman (or shortstop) at the Major League level someday. Youth is on his side and he certainly has the chance to prove the scouts wrong. But right now he has the look of a decent utility player down the road. He'll advance as far as his offense can take him. His defensive prowess certainly is going to aid his chances of reaching the Majors.

ETA. N/A. Cabral has a long way to go offensively before he's considered a Major League prospect. Defense is only going to take him so far. Cabral should be in the mix at middle infield in Brooklyn next season for his first taste of A-ball, which should be a good judge of his future as a prospect.

Second Basemen

2004 Team

Danny Garcia

AAA - Norfolk Tides

David Bacani

AAA - Norfolk Tides

Chris Basak AA - Binghamton Mets
Chase Lambin AA - Binghamton Mets
Robert McIntyre A - St. Lucie Mets
Wilson Batista A - St. Lucie Mets
Blake Whealy A - Capital City Bombers
Matt Fisher A - Brooklyn Cyclones
Kevin Rios A - Brooklyn Cyclones
Marcos Cabral R - Kingsport Mets
Bryan Zech R - Kingsport Mets
Todd Dulaney R - GCL Mets
Armand Gaerlan R - GCL Mets


Comments

The Mets are loaded with possible Major League utility men at second base for them in the minors. Garcia, Bacani, and Basak all have the look of utility players and possible situational hitters down the road. Chase Lambin is the one second base prospect that could wind up being a starting second baseman at the Major League level, but it's more likely he'll be #1 on the utility prospect depth chart. Blake Whealy is the most intriguing second base prospect. He can be a great utility player down the road if he doesn't make the leap as a starting second baseman. There's a decent chance that the Mets might move a shortstop prospect or two over to second base. Here's a quick breakdown the Mets' first base prospects:

1) Danny Garcia - Garcia has been the victim of the New York-Norfolk shuffle, enough so that it has been tough to find consistent at-bats. He's consistent enough at the plate, with good gap power, and solid in the field. Garcia's a legit Major League prospect, but most likely as a utility player and pinch-hitter. Think Joe McEwing with more pop.

2) David Bacani - Nicknamed "Pound for Pound" by his teammates, Bacani gets the most out of his size. At just 5'7", Bacani is a good hitter with some decent power and was among the Eastern League leaders in hitting this past season. He's probably too small to be an everyday starting 2B at the Major League level, but don't tell him that. Bacani can be a very good backup player in the Majors.

3) Chris Basak - Basak is another prospect that has the look of a very useful utility player at the Major League level. He can play 2B, SS, and 3B. He's a decent hitter with adequate power and good speed on the base paths.

4) Chase Lambin - Talk about your logjams. Lambin is another very good utility prospect in the Mets' system but has perhaps the best chance (among Basak, Bacani, and Garcia) to be a Major League starting second baseman. He got some time in at first base and third base at the Instructs this fall. He's a leader in the clubhouse and on the field and is easily one of the hardest workers among all Mets' prospects.

5) Robert McIntyre - Time is running out for McIntyre as a 2B prospect. So much so, he was tested as a possible pitcher in the Instructional Leagues this fall. He's a non-factor as a legit prospect at the plate after hitting .208 for the St. Lucie Mets this past season.

6) Wilson Batista - Batista logged more games in at SS but a permanent switch to 2B is not far off. Blessed with great speed, Batista has a good batting eye and has shown flashes of being able to be a consistent hitter atop the lineup. He only needs some more seasoning before being able to make that leap into the next category of good prospects.

7) Blake Whealy - Perhaps the best Major League 2B prospect in the Mets' farm system, Whealy has shown excellent power for a middle infielder and that should aid his cause as he rises through the ranks. He turned around his season after a disastrous start and got a lot of scouts to sit up and take notice with his strong finish to the 2004 season. Whether or not he makes it to Shea, chances are he'd be a great piece in a future trade at minimum on the strength of his bat.

8) Matthew Fisher - Fisher is a decent power hitter for a guy his size (5'9"). Solid in the field, Fisher has the look of a late round draft pick (33rd round in '04) that could defy the odds and make some noise in the prospect ranks. He reminds some scouts of Marcus Giles for his stature and approach at the plate.

9) Kevin Rios - Rios has more potential than he's shown thus far. Right now he has the look of a very useful utility player, able to play most infield positions. Think Danny Garcia with a little more power potential. He still has a chance to be a good 2B prospect for the Mets.

10) Marcos Cabral - Cabral has decent gap power and could prove to be a useful infield utility player down the road. He does not project to be a Major League starting second baseman at this time.

11) Bryan Zech - A Florida State product, Zech's baptism to professional baseball and the wooden bat did not go over well this past season. He did not show the same promise he had at FSU (.342-8-46-9). We'll see what he can do next season as he's better than his numbers suggest.

12) Todd Dulaney - Dulaney is steady. He's steady on the field and at the plate. The problem is he does not have the look of a difference maker at the plate in the early going.

13) Armand Gaerlan - Despite playing 2B, SS, and 3B, Gaerlan has the look of a future second base prospect in the Mets' farm system. He committed way too many errors this past season and looks more comfortable at second base. Gaerlan has good speed and an excellent batting eye. He could be a good leadoff hitter as he matures.

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