Imagine sexy upside starters are a twirling jump rope, and I’m skipping right outside of the swinging jump rope, counting myself off before jumping in. Okay, the jump rope are the Marlins’ sexy, upside rookie starters and I’m, well, me. It’s so hard to know where to jump in on the Marlins’ sexy, upside rookie starters. Do I cover Sixto Sanchez (again), Max Meyer, or Edward Cabrera? Not to mention, they have five starters in their rotation that I love — Sandy Alcantara, Trevor Rogers, Pablo Lopez, Elieser Hernandez, and Jesus Luzardo. The Marlins are just stacked with starters. Before we get to Edward Cabrera and what he can do (or you can skip to the 2nd paragraph, but that is cheating), can Cabrera even get in this rotation? Yes. Long answer: Yeeeeeeeeeeeees. Sandy Alcantara is the only surefire starter. As said about 168 words ago, I love the Marlins starters, but “safe” they are not. Rogers was so overworked by the end of the year; Pablo, Elieser, Jesus and Sixto might be good for 800 IP or 80. Speaking of 80, it’s how many innings Edward Cabrera threw last year because of elbow soreness. Um, cool? Well, Prospect Itch covered that, here’s what he said, “Cabrera didn’t throw much in 2020 due to recurring elbow soreness, then opened this season in the same limbo. Unlike about 90 percent of these stories, Cabrera’s did not wind up with Tommy John surgery. Instead, the thickening 6’5” righty was hitting 100 mph by midseason and combining that heat with a have-a-seat changeup at 92, a tight slider at 87 and an average curveball at 83. His slider has generated the best results thus far in the big leagues, holding opposing hitters to a .167 slugging percentage in 100 pitches. He’s thrown it 23.5 percent of the time, preferring the fastball (36.9%) and change (24.6%), each of which has been hit hard (.758 xSLG and .824 xSLG, respectively). He’s certainly a sleeper target for 2022 redraft leagues, but his command will have to take a step forward, something I think is fair to bet on given the organization’s history and the player’s baseline athleticism. Unlike Grey, who is an out-of-shape loser.” That’s hurtful, man. So, what can we expect from Edward Cabrera for 2022 fantasy baseball?

You didn’t think we’d go from “sore elbow” to something so positive, did you? I didn’t either, tee bee aitch. His stuff is so top-line nasty, though. Here, a taste:

That’s pretty much laying out to you everything you need to see as far as breaking balls in one concise video. Here’s the speedball and counterpunch:

If you don’t feel a tingle in your tenders after watching those two clips, you might want to check your pulse. You could be dead. As I’ve said previously while quoting Itch, Edward Cabrera is something of a supersized Sixto with more strikeouts but less command. That’s as good as a summary you’re gonna get without going too deep. If the elbow holds up, Edward Cabrera could be a top 25 starter next year for 100 IP: Think his teammate Trevor Rogers. The command does worry me, but it wasn’t bad in lower levels of the minors, and I think it can come in a flash, making him one of the great sleeper arms in the very late rounds. While there is more risk here than maybe someone who just threw 200 IP, “if the elbow holds up” could be said about literally every pitcher. For 2022, I’ll give Edward Cabrera projections of 6-8/4.21/1.36/123 in 114 IP with a chance for much more and less.

  1. galica123 says:
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    Grey!!!

    Awesome!

    a. Love EdCabJr! He’s #47 on my revamped MiLB list (currently 4th draft, 81 in total), sandwiched between Kjerstad and Byson Stott. The 15-round MiLB portion of our draft in that 12-team 4×4 dynasty takes place next Monday, 4-hour slow clock again.

    b. Norm MacDonald quote of the day for Wake for November 22, 2021

    ‘The California State committee voted 38:0 to rename route 118 the Ronald Reagan Freeway, the 83 year-old president joked: ‘People have tried to drive over me for years, this is the first time I will welcome it.’ Everyone had a good laugh even though nobody knew what the hell he was talking about.’

    c. Norm MacDonald quote of the day for November 22, 2021

    ‘Airline complaints have risen 22% over the last year, the #1 complaint ‘they lost my baggage’ followed closely by, at #2, ‘I didn’t like being in that fiery plane crash’.

    d. Marx Brothers quote of the day for November 22, 2021

    Woman: ‘I don’t think you want to marry me.’

    Groucho: ‘How can you say that? We’ve been engaged for almost ten years.’

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. Same
      B. HAHA
      C. HA!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        D. Sounds familiar, that’s a new one?

        • Ante Galic says:
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          Grey!!

          Used before, guilty!!

          Cheers,
          Ante

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Haha, impressive I caught it

            • Ante Galic says:
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              Grey!!

              It’s evidence that I grow on you.

              Cheers,
              Ante

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Haha, yup!

  2. abangs says:
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    Someone bafflingly dropped Cabrera in the final days of the season in my dynasty league, and I spent every last FAAB dollar I had left to nab him.

  3. Philip says:
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    Good stuff, Grey! Wish I had this guy. His owner is very protective.

    What I do have is an abundance of SP in my 6×6 20-team dynasty and I should probably move some. I’m not quite competitive yet, but should be soon. Which guys would you be looking to move?

    Gausman, Woodruff, Flaherty, F. Peralta, Urias, Trevor Rogers, May, Mahle, Gilbert, Skubal, Ashby.

    I’d love to move Gausman because he’s older, but the league seems shy of him.

    Thanks, Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Hard to trust Flaherty to stay healthy after his last few years…Rogers I worry about…Is that Dustin May? Can you get anything for him?

      • Philip says:
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        I’m gonna hold tight on May. Doubt he’d fetch much besides.

        So, Flaherty and Rogers? Do you not trust Rogers to further develop?

        • Grey

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          I trust them both to a certain point but out of those guys who could fetch something more than they might be worth

          • Philip says:
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            Gotcha. Is Peralta one to keep? I’m basically married to Urias.

            • Grey

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              Yeah, I love Freddy

  4. Nick says:
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    Grey

    so sorry cause it s so early in the new season

    KEEPER Dynasty league

    i need top drop 3 batters and 2 pitchers

    C Stephenson
    1B Jose Abreu Jarred Walsh (OF) Alex Kiriloff (OF)
    2B Tommy Edman Ty France Vidal Brujan
    3B A Rendon Jose Miranda
    SS Lindor Tim Anderson Willy Adames
    OF1 Acuna
    OF2 Nick Castellanos (FA)
    OF3 JD Martinez
    util Austin Hays

    i d say Hays France
    i would like to drop Rendon but not sure if Miranda will start at 3B

    Pitchers
    SP1 Giolito
    SP2 Snell
    SP3 Cease
    SP4 Logan Webb
    RP1 Ryan Pressly (SV)
    RP2 Raisiel Iglesias (SV) (FA)
    RP3 C Javier ? starter or reliever
    RP4 Alex Reyes (SV)
    Util Luke Weaver Luis Patino

    IR Glasnow or never until 2023 ??

    Weaver and Glasnow would be down for me in 2022

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hays France, Miranda

      Weaver, Glasnow

  5. DonnieB says:
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    I am signed up for DC at 12:00 ET on 11/29 per your link but so far it shows I am only one. Is that draft still on or was link wrong or what? I think I signed up first day link was posted. Thanks!

    • Grey

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      League is full…You must’ve been placed in another league

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