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:
— Fish Stripes (@fishstripes) September 18, 2021
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:
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) September 12, 2021
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.