Mauricio Cabrera

#56 RP / Atlanta Braves / EXP: 1YRS Height: 6-3 Weight: 225 lb Age: 23 College: None Bats/Throws R/R

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    Mauricio Cabrera has plenty of velocity as he is one of the hardest throwers in the game with a 100.1 mph average fastball. However, it takes more than velocity to close, which is why the 23-year-old rookie only netted six saves in 2016. He has a low strikeout rate for someone with his velocity and he walks way too many batters at this stage to be used in the late innings on a consistent basis. Atlanta just gave Jim Johnson a new two-year deal, meaning Cabrera will be afforded time to improve his command, control and pitch repertoire. A positive for Cabrera is that he has yet to allow a home run at the major league level and did not allow one in 72 innings of baseball in 2015.

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    • Cabrera is suffering from elbow soreness and could need a stint on the disabled list to start the season, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Atlanta will back off using Cabrera for a few days to assess the extent of his injury. It's bad timing for the high-leverage, high-velocity reliever, who could find himself in the running for saves later in the year if this turns out to be a minor setback.

    • Cabrera gave up two runs on one hit, two walks and a hit batter over 0.2 innings during Monday's Grapefruit League game against the Marlins. He struck out one. It's the second time in a week that Cabrera's control has deserted him, not an encouraging sign with Opening Day getting closer. The 23-year-old's 100 mph fastball has made him a popular spec saves play this preseason but after posting a 4.5 BB/9 last year in his big league debut, Cabrera will need to learn to harness his heat before he'll be a truly reliable bullpen arm in any role.

    • Cabrera threw a shutout inning in Saturday's Grapefruit League opener against the Blue Jays, allowing one hit and one walk, and the stadium radar gun recording him hitting 100 mph with his fastball on four separate pitches, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Stadium guns can be a little generous, but that's still ridiculous velocity for the last week of February. Cabrera will fill a setup role for the Braves this season behind closer Jim Johnson, and attempt to get his results to match the raw stuff he brings to the mound after he managed just a 7.5 K/9 in 38.1 major league innings last year.

    • Braves' Mauricio Cabrera: Will fill setup role
      By RotoWire Staff

      Cabrera will set up Jim Johnson to begin 2017, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Braves manager Brian Snitker squashed any thought of a spring competition for the ninth-inning role Friday, naming Johnson as his closer and saying Cabrera would join Arodys Vizcaino (shoulder) as his primary setup men. Cabrera's triple-digit heat didn't translate into big strikeout numbers last season in the majors, but he should still be a solid source of holds this year, and could work his way into some saves if Johnson falters or gets dealt.

    • Cabrera will head into spring training expected to be a key part of the Braves' bullpen in 2017. Jim Johnson is still around and seems likely to begin the season as the closer, but Cabrera and his triple-digit fastball will be ready to step in if Johnson is unable to repeat his 2016 career revival. Despite his overpowering heat, Cabrera's lack of control or a dependable off-speed pitch have kept him from posting big strikeout numbers, but the 23-year-old still has time to refine his arsenal. Fantasy players who don't like to spend big on saves may want to make Cabrera a priority target in the endgame of their auction or late rounds of their draft.

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    2016 ATL 41 0 38.3 5 1 6 32 19 31 2.81 1.30
    2015 ATL 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00
    TOTAL 41 0 38.3 5 1 6 32 19 31 2.81 1.30