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Genesis Cabrera
Trending: ↑ 22%
P | B/T: L/L | 6' 2" 180LBS | Age: 23

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Stats

W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2019 0 2 4.87 13 2 1 20.1 19 1.67
1 Season 0 2 4.87 13 2 1 20.1 19 1.67
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2019 13 0-2 4.87 20.1 19 1.67
1 Season 13 0-2 4.87 20.1 19 1.67

Standard MLB Pitching Statistics

SeasonTmLGBFWLERAGGSSVIPHRERHRBBSOWHIP
2019 STL NL 99 0 2 4.87 13 2 1 20.1 23 16 11 2 11 19 1.67
*: All Star Season, Rankings AL/NL: Top 5 10 15 20      Click for Chart.

Scouting Report

2020

A skinny, undersized left-hander with big arm strength when he signed with the Rays for $34,000 in November 2013, Cabrera has steadily grown into his wiry-athletic frame in the pro ranks and had his stuff tick up as a result. He reached Double-A for the first time as a 20-year-old in 2017 and he was having a solid campaign in his return to the Southern League the next year when the Cardinals acquired him as part of the Tommy Pham Deadline deal. Though he pitched to mixed results as a starter at Triple-A Memphis in 2019 and struggled in his first two starts with St. Louis (6.45 ERA), Cabrera fared much better as a reliever when he rejoined the Cardinals in mid-June and ultimately earned a spot on the club’s postseason roster after posting a 3.12 ERA across eight appearances as a September callup.

Cabrera generates easy velocity with a lightning-quick arm and explosive delivery, but he’s still learning how to harness his electric stuff and throw strikes. The mid-90s fastball he shows as a starter plays up in shorter bursts, and he topped out at 99 mph while averaging 96.4 mph with the Cardinals in 2019. He has swapped his power slider for a slower, more distinct curveball that flashes above average in the low- to mid-80s with a good spin rate and downer action. He also throws a changeup in the upper-80s that right-handed hitters struggle to square up.

Cabrera was able to trim his walk rate last season in Triple-A, but he struggles to consistently deliver quality strikes because he has a violent delivery that makes his over-the-top arm slot difficult to repeat. That, in turn, leads to questions about the southpaw’s future role, with many pegging him as a reliever long term. The Cardinals still believe in Cabrera as a starter and will develop him as such in 2020, knowing that they can easily slot him into their Major League bullpen if his control doesn’t improve.



2019

Scouting grades: Fastball: 65 | Curveball: 45 | Slider: 55 | Changeup: 50 | Control: 40 | Overall: 45

Signed by the Rays for $34,000 in November 2013 out of the Dominican Republic, Cabrera reached full-season ball three years later and earned midseason All-Star honors in the Class A Midwest League. He reached Double-A for the first time as a 20-year-old in '17, following a strong showing in the Florida State League, and he was having a solid campaign in his return to the Southern League when the Cardinals acquired him as part of the Tommy Pham deal at the 2018 non-waiver Trade Deadline. After finishing the season in Triple-A, Cabrera dominated as a reliever in the Dominican Winter League, posting a 0.63 WHIP with 21 strikeouts in 14 1/3 innings for Tigres del Licey.

Cabrera has added strength to his wiry frame and had his stuff tick up as a result. The left-hander generates easy velocity with his quick arm, sitting in the mid 90s and bumping 98 mph with his fastball. His slider registers in the upper 80s, thrown with late, short slicing action that gives it a cutter-like feel at times, and he also throws a changeup that is effective against right-handed hitters. His curveball is below average and represents a distant fourth pitch. Though his stuff can be electric, Cabrera struggles to throw strikes at times because he has a violent delivery that makes his over-the-top arm slot difficult to repeat.

Whether Cabrera can refine his delivery enough to improve his control -- 4.6 BB/9 in 2018; 3.7 BB/9 in his career -- will determine if he remains a starter. The Cardinals will continue to develop him in that role, but as a lefty with a big fastball and a swing-and-miss breaking ball, Cabrera's appeal as a potential bullpen asset is undeniable.


2018

Scouting grades: Fastball: 60 | Slider: 55 | Changeup: 45 | Control: 50 | Overall: 45

Signed out of the Dominican Republic in November 2013, Cabrera impressed during his brief U.S. debut two years later in the Rookie Appalachian League. Graduating to full-season ball in 2016, Cabrera earned mid-season All-Star honors in the Class A Midwest League at age 19, though he did wear down physically late in the season. He continued to make developmental strides in 2017, beginning the season in the Florida State League and then moving up to Double-A at the midseason mark, pitching well at both stops. He was a Southern League All-Star in 2018 before getting traded to the Cardinals as part of the Tommy Pham deal.

Though he's thinly built, Cabrera has a live arm that produces easy velocity in the form of a 92-95 mph fastball with late life that has been up to 97 in the past. His slider registers in the mid- to high-80s, thrown with late, short slicing action that gives it a cutter-like feel, and he also has the makings of an advanced changeup that aids his effectiveness against right-handed hitters. What's more, the young southpaw is adept at changing hitters' eye levels from an over-the-top release point, though some scouts worry about his ability to create favorable downhill plane given his height.

That Cabrera already repeats his delivery well bodes well for his chances of remaining a starter, especially with so much physical projection remaining in his wiry frame. He has the arsenal and control profile to develop into a big league starter, although his fastball-slider pairing also gives him a bright future as a reliever, one who is particularly effective against same-sided hitters but also capable of recording outs on both sides of the plate.


2017

Scouting grades: Fastball: 60 | Slider: 55 | Changeup: 45 | Control: 50 | Overall: 45

Signed in November 2013, Cabrera spent his first pro season in the Dominican Summer League before impressing during his brief U.S. debut in the Rookie Appalachian League. The Dominican Republic native graduated to full-season ball in 2016, earning mid-season All-Star honors in the Class A Midwest League at age 19, though he did wear down physically late in the season. He continued to climb the ladder in 2017, beginning the season in the Florida State League before moving up to Double-A at the midseason mark. 

Cabrera's live arm generates easy velocity in a fastball that consistently sits between 92-95 mph with late life. His slider registers in the mid- to high-80s, thrown with late, short slicing action, and he also has the makings of an advanced changeup that he's already comfortable deploying against right-handed hitters. He's adept at changing hitters eye levels from an over-the-top release point, though some scouts worry about Cabrera's ability to create favorable downhill plane given his height.

Cabrera should be able to tack on strength to his wiry frame as he matures physically, and in turn it should improve his durability. He has the arsenal and control profile to develop into a big league starter, although his fastball-slider pairing also give him a bright future as a reliever, one who can get outs on both sides of the plate.


2016

Scouting grades: Fastball: 60 | Slider: 55 | Changeup: 45 | Control: 45 | Overall: 45

Signed in November 2013, Cabrera spent his first pro season in the Dominican Summer League before impressing during his brief U.S. debut last year in the Rookie Appalachian League. The Dominican Republic native graduated to full-season ball in 2016, earning mid-season All-Star honors in the Class A Midwest League at age 19.

Cabrera's live arm generates easy velocity in a fastball that consistently sits between 92-95 mph with late life. His slider registers in the mid- to high-80s, thrown with late, short slicing action, and he also has the makings of an advanced changeup that he's already comfortably deploying against right-handed hitters.

There are concerns about Cabrera's ability to create downhill plane given his height, but, so far, he's shown that he can keep the ball in the park. Meanwhile, he should be able to tack on strength to his wiry frame as he matures physically, which should in turn improve his durability. Cabrera has the arsenal and control profile to develop into a big league starter, although his fastball-slider pairing also give him a bright future as a reliever, one who can get outs on both sides of the plate.



Statcast - Pitching

Season Pitches Batted Balls Barrels Barrel % Exit Velocity Launch Angle Sweet Spot % XBA XSLG WOBA XWOBA XWOBACON Hard Hit % K % BB % ERA xERA
2019 372 67 4 6.0 87.7 15.4 29.9 .256 .425 .332 .340 .368 31.3 19.2 11.1 4.87 4.89
ALL 372 67 4 6.0 87.7 15.4 29.9 .256 .425 .332 .340 .368 31.3 19.2 11.1
MLB 41087 6.3 88.2 11.9 32.7 .252 .417 .317 .330 .390 34.7 21.7 8.3

Transactions

Team Date Transaction
08/05/2020 St. Louis Cardinals recalled LHP Genesis Cabrera from Cardinals Alternate Training Site.
07/19/2020 LHP Genesis Cabrera assigned to Cardinals Alternate Training Site from Memphis Redbirds.
03/26/2020 St. Louis Cardinals optioned LHP Genesis Cabrera to Memphis Redbirds.
11/19/2019 LHP Genesis Cabrera assigned to Tigres del Licey.
08/31/2019 St. Louis Cardinals recalled LHP Genesis Cabrera from Memphis Redbirds.
07/27/2019 Memphis Redbirds activated LHP Genesis Cabrera from the 7-day injured list.
07/18/2019 Memphis Redbirds placed LHP Genesis Cabrera on the 7-day injured list retroactive to July 16, 2019.
06/25/2019 St. Louis Cardinals optioned LHP Genesis Cabrera to Memphis Redbirds.
06/24/2019 St. Louis Cardinals optioned LHP Genesis Cabrera to Memphis Redbirds.
06/13/2019 St. Louis Cardinals recalled Genesis Cabrera from Memphis Redbirds.
06/05/2019 St. Louis Cardinals optioned LHP Genesis Cabrera to Memphis Redbirds.
05/29/2019 St. Louis Cardinals recalled Genesis Cabrera from Memphis Redbirds.
03/09/2019 St. Louis Cardinals optioned LHP Genesis Cabrera to Memphis Redbirds.
01/02/2019 Tigres del Licey placed LHP Genesis Cabrera on the reserve list.
11/20/2018 St. Louis Cardinals selected the contract of Genesis Cabrera from Memphis Redbirds.
10/13/2018 LHP Genesis Cabrera assigned to Tigres del Licey.
09/02/2018 LHP Genesis Cabrera assigned to Memphis Redbirds from Springfield Cardinals.
07/31/2018 St. Louis Cardinals traded CF Tommy Pham and Future Considerations to Tampa Bay Rays for RF Justin Williams, LHP Genesis Cabrera and RHP Roel Ramirez.
07/31/2018 LHP Genesis Cabrera assigned to Springfield Cardinals.
10/13/2017 LHP Genesis Cabrera assigned to Tigres del Licey.
06/26/2017 LHP Genesis Cabrera assigned to Montgomery Biscuits from Charlotte Stone Crabs.
04/04/2017 LHP Genesis Cabrera assigned to Charlotte Stone Crabs from Bowling Green Hot Rods.
09/07/2016 LHP Genesis Cabrera assigned to Bowling Green Hot Rods from GCL Rays.
09/02/2016 LHP Genesis Cabrera assigned to GCL Rays from Bowling Green Hot Rods.
04/05/2016 LHP Genesis Cabrera assigned to Bowling Green Hot Rods from Princeton Rays.
10/03/2015 Princeton Rays activated LHP Genesis Cabrera from the temporarily inactive list.
07/27/2015 Princeton Rays placed LHP Genesis Cabrera on the temporarily inactive list.
05/28/2015 LHP Genesis Cabrera assigned to Princeton Rays from DSL Rays.
03/07/2014 LHP Genesis Cabrera assigned to DSL Rays.
11/01/2013 Tampa Bay Rays signed free agent LHP Genesis Cabrera to a minor league contract.