Rockies' Cabrera Arrives Early In Big Leagues
Lefthander Edwar Cabrera
had his sights on a September callup from Double-A Tulsa. Instead, the Rockies recalled him to start on June 27, plugging him into the vacancy in the four-man rotation that arose when struggling Alex White was optioned to Triple-A.
Cabrera, a 24-year-old Dominican Republic native who led the minors in strikeouts last season with 217 between low Class A Asheville and high Class A Modesto, went 8-4, 2.94 in 15 starts for Tulsa. He held opposing hitters to a .186 average with 23 walks and 82 strikeouts in 98 innings this season, but did allow 15 homers. Cabrera has average velocity on his sinker and a plus-plus changeup with a developing breaking pitch that he'll need to succeed in the majors. Cabrera was supposed to start in the Texas League all-star game, an assignment he happily passed up.
Biggest Leap Forward:
Left fielder Corey Dickerson
earned an early June promotion to Tulsa after hitting .338/.396/.583 at Modesto with nine homers and 43 RBIs in 240 at-bats.
Dickerson, who shows plenty of hustle, gave away few at-bats and did a much better job of using all fields as he hit for power and average. An eighth-round pick in 2010 out of Meridian (Miss.) CC who slugged 27 doubles and 32 RBIs last season for Asheville, Dickerson has improved on defense to become an average outfielder after being a defensive liability last year. Dickerson got off to a .211/.233/.509 start at Tulsa, but nine of his first 12 hits went for extra bases and he struck out just eight times in his first 57 at-bats.
Right fielder Kent Matthes
hit .334/.378/.642 with 23 homers and 95 RBIs last year at Modesto despite missing the final month of the season with a broken left hand. Matthes, 25, has been mired in a miserable season at Tulsa, hitting .193/.248/.366 with eight homers and 19 RBIs along with 60 strikeouts in 243 at-bats. The Rockies feel he has the physical talent to do well at this level but falling far short of expectations has become mentally taxing for Matthes, whose litany of woes at the plate has resulted in a tense, rigid swing.
• Tulsa shortstop Josh Rutledge hit .333 with four home runs in June, improving his overall average to .297/.330/.483 with 10 home runs and 31 RBIs.
• Center fielder Delta Cleary Jr. was promoted to Modesto, where he struggled last year, after hitting .304/.389/.426 at Asheville with four homers, 35 RBIs and 14 stolen bases in 60 games.