Cabrera hasn't been throwing at the Marlins' alternate training site over the past week due to a minor right arm injury, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports. Miami was already without one of its starting pitchers (Jose Urena) due to a positive COVID-19 test, and the team's pitching staff could be further depleted after a surge in additional positive tests among Marlins players and coaches in recent days resulted in the postponement of Monday's home opener versus the Orioles. Cabrera would have been one of the prime candidates to fill any potential openings in the rotation that might exist, but his own injury will leave him out of the mix for the time being. The 22-year-old right-hander is viewed as one of the top arms in the Miami farm system after he submitted a 2.23 ERA and recorded 116 strikeouts over 96.2 innings between High-A Jupiter and Double-A Jacksonville in 2019.
The Marlins optioned Cabrera to Double-A Jacksonville on March 6. One of the better young pitchers in the Marlins' farm system, Cabrera will open the 2020 season where he finished it in 2019. Miami will likely monitor Cabrera's innings count carefully in 2020, but if he can quickly replicate the success he found in his initial taste of Jacksonville last season, he could move to Triple-A Wichita before the year ends.
Cabrera threw 19 of 32 pitches for strikes while consistently working in the high 90s with his fastball during his spring debut Wednesday against the Cardinals, Jordan McPherson of The Miami Herald reports. The 21-year-old right-hander also flashed a changeup that topped out at 94 mph as well as a slow curve that he had a little trouble locating. Cabrera is coming off a breakout campaign at High-A and Double-A, and while he may not make his big-league debut until 2021, the Marlins' No. 3 fantasy prospect could force the team's hand this summer with another strong season in the high minors.
Cabrera was added to the Marlins' 40-man roster Wednesday, Andersen Pickard of MLBDailyDish.com reports. One of the top pitching prospects in all the minors, Cabrera was excellent at High-A and Double-A last year. He has a chance to end up with three plus or better pitches and could reach the majors sometime this summer.
Cabrera (infection) was activated from the 7-day injured list ahead of his scheduled start for Double-A Jacksonville on Monday. Cabrera has been cleared to rejoin Jacksonville's rotation after spending more than three weeks on the injured list with an infection. The 21-year-old owns a combined 2.23 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 110:29 K:BB across 92.2 innings with Jacksonville and High-A Jupiter and will look to finish the season strong.
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