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.
Cabrera (elbow) is still at least a few days away from finding out when he'll be able to throw again, and a DL stint to begin the season appears likely, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports. The 23-year-old said Saturday the discomfort in his elbow has subsided over the last few days, but the Braves have no reason to rush Cabrera back into action. His status for the regular season should become clearer once the team determines when he's able to resume throwing.
Cabrera (elbow) will refrain from throwing for a few days, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports. The news further indicates the likelihood that Cabrera begins the season on the DL. The right-hander is coming off a stellar rookie season in which he posted a 2.82 ERA over 41 games and quickly established himself as a nice reliever in the Braves' bullpen. Unfortunately, it appears his 2017 campaign will be temporarily sidelined until he returns to full health.
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.