Final 2002 Scouting Report: LHP, Yunior Cabrera

Yunior Cabrera was an undrafted international free agent signee in 1977. Cabrera hails from San Pedro de Macoris, D. R. Prior to 2001, Cabrera shifted between starting and relieving.

The past 2 seasons, he's appeared in relief only 3 times. He has yet to average 5 innings per start. So despite the impressive ratios as a starter in both seasons, he doesn't appear to have the arm strength to start. Only, his 15 BB in 37 IP is unimpressive.

Year

Team

W-L

IP

Hits

BB

K

ERA

2002

Cap City

1-0

11

11

2

8

0.82

2002

Brooklyn

3-4

37

31

15

39

2.89

2001

Brooklyn

0-0

3

4

2

4

3.00

2001

Kingsport

3-3

44

38

19

49

3.89


*Stats as of 10/01/02.

Repertoire. Fastball (FB), curve ball (CB) and change up (CU).

Fastball. Cabrera's FB sits at 89 mph. Expect Cabrera's FB to add 2 mph, perhaps more should he be converted to the bullpen.

Other Pitches. Cabrera's best pitch is his CB. His CU needs work.

Pitching. Cabrera possesses excellent command of both his FB and CB until he tires as a SP. He's averaging about 4.6 IP per start. At his age, that doesn't provide much evidence to support he can start. This wouldn't be a problem as a RP.

Projection. Left-handed setup, should he be converted to a RP.

ETA. 2005. Perhaps, sooner.

Left-Handed Relief Pitchers Team
Jason Saenz AA - Binghamton Mets
Phil Seibel AA - Binghamton Mets
Chad Elliott A - St. Lucie Mets
Brian Walker A - St. Lucie Mets
Blake McGinley A - St. Lucie Mets
Ronald "Rylie" Ogle A - Capital City Bombers
Ryan Olson A - Brooklyn Cyclones
Jayson Weir R - Kingsport Mets
Ryan Danly R - Kingsport Mets


COMMENTS


The Mets possess several good arms for various roles in the bullpen. Ryan Danly, Brian Walker and Yunior Cabrera have the best upsides. Walker has enough repertoire to be converted to a SP.

1. Yunior Cabrera already has experience as a RP. Although Cabrera was starting at Brooklyn, he's very likely to be returned to the bullpen. His command of his FB and CB should also allow him to move quickly through the Mets system in a fashion similar to what Jaime Cerda had done in 2001. There are real advantages to starting a RP for a season in terms strengthening the arm and providing an opportunity for Cabrera to learn how to handle different situations.

2. Jaime Cerda projects to be a very solid lefty setup especially if he improves the break on his CB. He has excellent poise.

3. Jason Saenz lacks control of his CB and CU. He could also improve command of his FBs. In converting him to a RP in 2002, he may improve his command by eliminating his CU and 2-seam FB from his repertoire. He has a big breaking CB and for short stints his 4-seam FB sits in the 92-94 mph range. He has potential both as a setup and a situational lefty.

4. Brian Walker was injured the entire 2002 season. When healthy, he would move rapidly through the system as a RP. He has a good FB, CB and SL repertoire. The Mets could use him as a SP.

5. Jayson Weir had been closing at Kingsport before being promoted to Brooklyn. He could be reconverted to a SP. He also could move rapidly through the system if left as a RP.

6. Ryan Olson has an excellent CB, and has a chance to become a good situational lefty.

7. Blake McGinley projects to be a middle RP.



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