Cabrera got the win in extra innings against the Reds on Tuesday, throwing 1.2 scoreless innings with two strikeouts and a hit allowed. Meanwhile, Jim Johnson blew the save in the ninth inning. Afterward, Cabrera drew praise from his outing. "[Cabrera] just keep pitching those stressful innings, and it doesn't bother him a bit," Braves manager Brian Snitker said. "The expression never changes. He just keeps throwing, he keeps pitching. I've been very impressed with his makeup, his mound presence, the way he goes about it, and he's going to get better and better." It's possible that Cabrera could close eventually, especially if he turns his high velocity into more strikeouts.
Cabrera pitched a perfect 10th inning to notch his second save of the year Thursday at the Cubs. After Arodys Vizcaino struggled again Wednesday, Cabrera was called upon to protect a one-run lead, and he needed only seven pitches to close the door on the Cubs. He now has had six appearances with the Braves, and he's allowed one run in five innings of work.
Cabrera was recalled from Double-A Mississippi on Monday. Cabrera has had a solid season out of the bullpen for Double-A Mississippi, going 3-3 with a 3.21 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, and 9.49 K/9 while recording four saves. The 22-year-old has an electric fastball that can hit triple digits, giving him some serious potential to be an effective reliever for the Braves. Alexi Ogando was designated for assignment in a corresponding roster move.
Cabrera was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett on Saturday. With a live arm capable of touching triple digits on the radar gun, Cabrera has the stuff to earn a place on the Braves' 25-man roster before season's end. In his first exposure to Triple-A, Cabrera will look to cut back on his free passes after issuing 35 of them in 48.1 innings between High-A and Double-A in 2015 (53 strikeouts).
Cabrera hit triple digits on the radar gun during Tuesday's Grapefruit League opener, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. "I mean, that's a free-and-easy 100 (mph)," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "Free-and-easy arm, and he threw some breaking balls for strikes. That's exciting." Working the ninth inning Tuesday, Cabrera fanned two and did not allow a hit or a walk. It sounds like the skipper was impressed with what he saw, but Cabrera will need to continue to make strides with his control before the team thinks about entrusting him with major league innings. The 22-year-old has issued 174 walks in 322.2 minor league innings. He was added to the team's 40-man roster last offseason.