Rated as Miami’s No. 2 prospect, as well as the No. 30 overall prospect in baseball according to MLB Pipeline, Cabrera took center-stage Wednesday night and certainly delivered. In an impressive showing, the 23-year-old right-hander went 6.1 innings allowing three runs on four hits, three walks, and two strikeouts.
Edward Cabrera impressive in Miami Marlins debut
When looking at Cabrera’s showing Wednesday, there were three main points to takeaway from his big league debut going forward.
1. Very Few Mistakes
The young right-hander you could say made only two mistakes Wednesday night which came in the seventh inning via back-to-back home runs on changeups in the upper-half of the zone.
Cabrera threw 78 pitches total across his 6.1 innings, 50 for strikes (64%), and was overall dominant through his first six complete innings surrendering only one hit and one walk. While the seventh inning may be the sticking-out point at first glance, Cabrera made very little, if any, mistakes across the first five-six innings.
2. Ground Balls
Cabrera’s ability to induce ground balls was on full-display Wednesday night as he forced seven ground balls, three of which were for double plays. The 23-year-old’s velocity and ability to locate pitches in the bottom half of the zone will only help him to induce ground balls on a consistent basis going forward.
3. Only Up from Here
While Cabrera was impressive Wednesday, we necessarily didn’t get a massive glimpse of a few things, in particular his big-time strikeout potential. However, that is surely coming sooner rather than later.
Cabrera showed just why he is considered one of the top pitching prospects in all of baseball, and why he is considered a mainstay of the Marlins future rotation in start No. 1. No, it wasn’t a perfect debut, but it was a phenomenal starting point for what should be a special career for the right-hander.
The major league debut of Cabrera was hyped around the league, and it sure did deliver. While this might not have been the most complete performance for Cabrera in start No. 1, it was a very impressive starting point for a player who will be a mainstay in the Miami Marlins rotation for years to come.