Cubs Excited About Cabrera Despite Double-A Struggles





CHICAGO—Perhaps in 2011, Alberto Cabrera will be able to enjoy some success on the Double-A level. But it wasn't in the cards for him in 2010.

The 22-year-old righthander enjoyed a banner year at high Class A Daytona at the beginning and end of the season. But a midseason promotion to Double-A Tennessee was rough.

He finished 0-4, 6.33 with 24 walks and 35 strikeouts in 43 innings for the Smokies.

Cabrera showed some flashes of brilliance. He allowed one earned run on three hits with a walk and eight strikeouts in 51⁄3 innings against Carolina on June 22. He gave up an earned run on four hits in six innings against Jacksonville on May 24. But his overall body of work caused him to head back to Daytona, where he flourished.

Overall for Daytona, he was 7-5, 3.28 with 26 walks and 90 strikeouts in 93 innings. He picked up the team's lone complete-game shutout of the season in the opener of a Sept. 1 doubleheader with Clearwater.

Heading into this season, the hard-throwing native of the Dominican Republic owned a 20-17 mark in four seasons since signing with the organization in 2005, including an 8-2 record with low Class A Peoria last year. But his career ERA (4.26) was a little high and he walked 120 batters and struck out 198 in 258 innings.

Now that he is getting older and getting comfortable with his 6-foot-4, 210-pound frame, Cabrera was able to cut down on the walks in his two stints with Daytona. And despite his struggles with Tennessee, the Cubs brass remains impressed.

"He got out to a great, fast start and not many people knew about him," farm director Oneri Fleita said. "He's been in a organization a few years and always had a good arm. He needed to harness the strike zone and he did just that. He throws in the upper 90s. It's all come together for him."

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• Tennessee's season came to an end when Jacksonville's Chris Hatcher hit a ninth-inning homer off Luke Sommer in Game Four of the Southern League championship series. It was one of the few mistakes the lefthander made in Double-A this season. Sommer had a 2.02 ERA and eight saves in 30 appearances with the Smokies during the regular season.

• Triple-A Iowa's Brad Snyder, who hit 28 homers and 106 RBIs, earned a callup to the parent club in early September. On Sept. 30 he drove in the only run off Heath Bell in a 1-0 victory at San Diego.