A breakout 2011 season saw Asdrubal Cabrera assert himself as one of the best offensive weapons at shortstop. A disappointing 2012 season saw him fall back among the game’s other interchangeable options.
So, which Cabrera is the real Cabrera?
Well, after spending half of last season batting second for the Indians, Cabrera is slated to bat third. That means we’ll definitely see more than the 68 RBI that 2012 brought us, but honestly, that might be the only significant change from last year. Our xBA formula confirms what we’ve seen these last two years — Cabrera is indeed a .270s hitter — and I was actually happy to see his HR/FB rate fall to just 9.9% after powering his way to 13.3% in 2011. That 2011 rate was more than double his previous career high, so sticking at 9.9% the following year is a pretty nice follow up.
At a Glance
Neutral: R, HR, SB, BA, OBP, SLG, OPS
Best-case scenario: Ben Zobrist (TB)
Likely scenario: Brandon P...