Saturday, June 27, 2009

Evaluating Everth

Last night, we dropped Kaz Matsui and picked up Everth Cabrera, to play in out Middle Infield position.

We gave Matsui about two weeks, where he provided a below average OBP, three runs, two RBI, and no HR's or SB's.

Onto the stage steps 22-year old Everth Cabrera, of the San Diego Padres.

This kid is listed at 5'8" 160 lbs.  He has no power, but tons of speed.  In addition, he's produced a high OBP throughout his minor league career (.384).

That .384 OBP is more impressive when noting how young he is.  It's not like he's a 25-year old player pounding on 22-year old pitchers in Double A.

No doubt about it, Everth Cabrera is someone to pick up if stolen bases are important to your league's scoring.  In the past week, he has two steals on two attempts.  His career stolen base record is an impressive 109 steals, in 235 games, with 31 caught stealing.  Last season, in A ball, he stole 73 bases, in 121 games, while being caught 16 times.

To have sustainable success on the Major League level, Cabrera will need to cut down on his strikeouts.  He struck out 101 times last year, while walking 51 times.

Hopefully, some tutelage from the Major League hitting instructors will go a long way with his development.  His wheels are for real.  In addition to his stolen base numbers, he's had a sparkling BABIP (batting average of balls in play) over .350 two and three years ago, and a .429 BABIP last season.

If you're carrying any dead weight on your roster, and your looking for steals, this might be the right time to give Everth Cabrera a look.

Enjoy your weekend.  Go Cubs.

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