How did he get here?: Signed as free agent, April 2009
Stats: 5'11", 185 lbs, Bats/Throws: Right/Right
Age as of April 1, 2010: 25 (26 on April 4, 2010)
Career (2003-05, 2007-09)
Cabral was signed out of the Blue Jays organization in April 2009, and took over a utility role in the field, playing mostly at SS, but spending 10+ games at 1B, 2B, and 3B, as well. Cabral posted the best numbers of his career at Lancaster with an .819 OPS. He does not strike out much, and encouragingly, his XBH rate didn't increase dramatically at Lancaster over the rest of his career.
Cabral posted a .958 Fld% at SS for Lancaster, committing 12 errors in 289 chances, but turned 33 double plays for the JetHawks.
What went right?
Plate discipline. Cabral isn't going to be a liability with the bat, but a K:BB ratio of 1.75 will certainly help. He did get some help, with a .335 BABIP. He'll be 26 on April 4, so he is a little old for the Cal League, but he'll most likely head up to Corpus in 2010.
What went wrong?
Thanks to nine games in Winter Ball, his splits at Lancaster have been erased, but if we had to pick something from a limited look at his numbers, I'd like to see a little more speed out of him. He has only stolen 20 bases (and been caught 13 times) in 416 games. Ideally out of a small-ish shortstop, you'd like to get some SBs in there. But admittedly, I'm reaching here.