Pitching prospect Edward Cabrera left a lasting impression on the Marlins on Wednesday afternoon.
The Miami Marlins are making an impression on Major League Baseball early in the Grapefruit League with five straight wins to open the season.
Regardless of whether the games aren’t part of the regular season and they don’t impact the future of the 2020 season, five wins are still just that and the players who are doing the most damage are those who are trying to earn a spot on the parent club’s roster.
We may not have predicted things would start out this way for the Marlins, but fans should see this as a good sign toward the future.
Pitching prospect Edward Cabrera showed why he should be on the team’s roster at some point this season, throwing heat and impressing the coaching staff and veterans in camp.
"“Pretty much as billed, for me,” manager Don Mattingly said via MLB.com. “For me, he was aggressive. He’s got good arm action on his offspeed stuff.”"
And a fastball that touched 99 MPH. The Marlins have three flame throwers who can touch that kind of velocity with Jorge Guzman and Sixto Sanchez also on the team’s radar for early advancement to The Show.
Add No. 1 starter Sandy Alcantara, who has the arsenal to be a real dominant figure on the mound and Miami has a solid future with its rotation core. Add Caleb Smith, Pablo Lopez and Jordan Yamamoto and Miami is stacked in that department.
Wednesday was a chance to marvel at Cabrera, who is one of the few players to remain with the organization after Derek Jeter took over the day-to-day operation of the organization.
"“He’s got a chance to be a superstar, man,” catcher Francisco Cervelli said. “That’s it.”"
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Cervelli was on the receiving end of Cabrera’s pitches, so he knew first hand how effective Miami’s No. 6 ranked minor league prospect was on the mound.
And after watching him in the second half of the 2019 season here in Jacksonville, I can tell you first hand he has the ability to take over games one pitch at a time. While Sanchez is considered the team’s top prospect, Cabrera isn’t that far behind.
It appears the Marlins are set with their first two starters – Alcantara and Smith with Lopez third in the rotation. The fourth and five spots will be determined here in Spring Training. Cabrera is considered a longshot to make the roster, but anything is possible.
"“Cabrera projects to open the season at Triple-A Wichita as part of a rotation that should include prospects Sanchez, Nick Neidert, and Jorge Guzman,” Joe Frisaro of MLB.com wrote."