Marlins RHP Edward Cabrera, the team’s number one pitching prospect, has been promoted to the Major League roster and will start Wednesday, per the Marlins.
The Marlins announced the move in a Twitter video that showed Cabrera learning of the news from his coaches in Triple-A Jacksonville.
Let’s check in on Edward Cabrera’s Sunday Night. pic.twitter.com/I8H4zLCFno— Miami Marlins (@Marlins) August 23, 2021
Cabrera has rocketed up prospect boards since his dominant showing in the 2019 season, and currently sits at number 30 on MLB Pipeline’s Top 100 list. He is currently the Marlins number two prospect in their Top 30 behind 2021 first round pick Khalil Watson.
Cabrera has posted a 2.93 ERA and 1.14 WHIP in 61 1⁄3 total innings between two rehab starts in Jupiter, five starts in Double-A Pensacola and six starts in Triple-A Jacksonville.
The 23-year-old right hander was signed as an international free agent out of the Dominican Republic in 2015 and is the only player in the Marlins Top 10 prospects that was acquired by the previous ownership group.
Cabrera has been overshadowed by compatriot Sixto Sánchez since they acquired Sixto in 2019, but this debut should be every bit as exciting as Sixto’s was for Marlins fans. Cabrera has also been such a quick riser that many people may not have realized how good he has been and for how long.
Cabrera did not crack the Top 100 on MLB Pipeline until he was ranked as number 99 in 2019. In 2020 he was ranked number 80, before taking an enormous leap at this most recent update all the way up to number 30 overall.
Cabrera will throw a fastball and sinker that can get up near 100, a 60-grade slider, a 55-grade changeup and a good curveball as well. His arsenal of power stuff mixed with good command gives the Marlins yet another pitching prospect with Ace potential.
The Marlins are timing Cabrera’s debut pretty perfectly. After a week in which the Marlins went winless, fans need something to be excited about. I am not sure there has been something fans have been more excited about all year than seeing Cabrera in the Major Leagues.
If you needed an excuse to head out to a Marlins game on Wednesday, you now have a really great one.