Thursday, January 19, 2017

DrB's 2017 Giants Top 50 Prospects: #47 Sandro Cabrera

Sandro Cabrera, LHP.  DOB:  6/22/1995.  6'2", 175 lbs.  International FA.

2015 DSL:  6-2, 2.32, 77.2 IP, 3.01 BB/9, 9.97 K/9.
2016 R:  2-2, 2.81, 41.2 IP, 3.02 BB/9, 8.21 K/9.
2016 A:  0-0, 0.00, 1 IP, 0.00 BB/9, 27.00 K/9.

June birthdays tend to suppress a player's prospect ranking, especially with those obsessed with age vs level.  Cabrera's birthdate meant that even though he had just barely turned 19 yo when signed by the Giants, he did not see game action until his age 20 season which is ancient for the DSL.  You probably need to look at Cabrera in terms of pro experience and he's done everything you would hope for so far. Striking out the side in his 1 inning of A ball work put a nice cap on a successful stateside debut.  I would expect to see him start 2017 in Augusta for his age 22 season, although he will be 21 yo on opening day.

Cabrera is a lefty with an awkward looking delivery.  I don't have a detailed scouting report, but from videos, it looks like he has a low 90's FB with a sharp slider and a changeup.  Likely ceiling is back of the rotation starter or more likely a lefty relief specialist.


  1. Does "an awkward looking delivery" bode any ill omens?
    Does this lead to arm problems, or is it just a funky quirk that helps confuse batters?
    Jumping from a promising 20-year old to another summer baby born in July (of 1964), prospects are looking better for Barry Bonds in HOF voting as he exceded 50% and it follows the trend: the system allowed PED useage with a nod and a wink at the highest level (Selig), so should players be permanently stigmatized for trying to enhance their performance?
    You've probably addressed this (before I found your blog), but what is your professional (and baseball) opinion about PEDs?
    Is taking a performance enhancing substance under medical supervision necessarily harmful to health, or can these drugs sometimes actually be helpful to overall health?

    1. I don't think Cabrera's delivery is a negative, other than I think he will more likely end up as a lefty reliever than a SP.

      I have commented on PED's in the past. In short, while they may have helped a few players put up big seasons, in general, I think they are overrated. Yes, they make you bigger, but not necessarily stronger. I believe you can add at least 90% of the strength you get from PED's just by resistance training alone. At the same time, PED's do not help you with vision, eye-hand coordination, timing, strike zone judgement and numerous other factors that go into being a good hitter.

      I always point to Willie Mays and Hank Aaron as proof you don't have to be pumped up to hit a lot of HR's. Neither Aaron nor Mays were particularly big and I don't think either of them touched a weight in their life, yet they somehow managed to hit over 1400 HR's between them.

      From a medical safety/efficacy perspective, the growing evidence is that anabolic steroids do more harm than good in most clinical applications.

  2. Off topic, but Tyler Beede ( Was never on it so far.) and Aramis Garcia ( Was on it last season.) failed to make the top ten by position prospect list. Once again Giants getting no love, so far, from, Jonathan Mayo, and Jim Callis.

    1. There are a lot of really good prospects out there. I can see why Garcia is not ranked but Beede should be, IMO.