Today’s prospect watch will be on Rays minor league pitcher Genesis Cabrera, who is currently at Bowling Green, which is the lower Single-A out of the Rays’ affiliates.
The 18-year-old southpaw entered the Rays farm system back in 2013. He was successful in his early career back in the Dominican Summer League and Rookie Appalachian League, then he graduated to full-season ball in 2016. He earned a mid-season All-Star honor in the Class A Midwest League at age 19, which is quite impressive.
Now, he continues to impress and improve, as he owns a 7-3 record this year with a 3.20 ERA. He started 15 out of the 16 games he participated in. In those 16 games, the Dominican Republic native has thrown 78.2 innings where he struck out 60 batters. Opponents have only hit .232 against him and a combine WHIP of 1.25.
In addition to this kid’s success, his arsenal plays a big factor. He throws a fastball that consistently ranges between 92-95 mph with late life, a slider that also has late life and appears to have a nice shirt slicing action, plus he continues to improve his changeup that gets lots of right-handed hitters out. Interestingly, Cabrera is a versatile prospect due to his arsenal that allows him to either become a reliever or stay as a starter. The way he controls his pitches and the advanced arsenal he has will keep him as a starter, but his fastball-slider paring could make him a dominant late inning reliever.
Finally, Cabrera stands at 6’0″ and weighs 165 pounds, which hurts his ability to create a downhill plane. He has to improve his strength and durability, as he progresses throughout the minors on to his road to the show.