San Francisco Giants Prospect Gustavo Cabrera Off to a Fast Start at Salem-Keizer
Do you remember Gustavo Cabrera? He was the Giants’ top foreign amateur singing back in 2012, when they gave him a $1.3 million signing bonus, which is probably the most they’re given any international amateur since then.
Cabrera had a promising season in the Dominican Summer League in 2013 at age 17, slashing .247/.379/.360 and stealing 21 bases in 28 attempts. That off-season he slashed something far more serious, nearly cutting off his right hand, as he slipped and fell either through a glass table or window. The hand was successfully sewn back together, and I think he underwent micro-surgery, but there was a real question if he’d have enough function in his right hand and wrist to resume a professional baseball career.
Cabrera lost almost all of 2014 and 2015 to the injury and rehabilitation, but he’s back in 2016, and still showing a little promise. He started this season at Class A Augusta, and he struggled there, slashing only .232/.293/.319 in 75 plate appearances. With the start of the Class A- season, he’s been sent down to Salem-Keizer and is off to a hot start, going 6 for 15 with a home run in his first four games.
At age 20 now, he will be a back on track as a prospect if he has a strong season at the short-season A level. Right now the main thing is for him to be playing every day and seeing how his wrist holds up.