OAKLAND, Calif. Even though Oswaldo Cabrera got off to a 3-for-19 without walks and nine strikeouts in his first five MLB games, Yankees manager Aaron Boone sounded confident the rookie would find his way at the plate, saying the at-bats were much better than the numbers indicated.
And the actual fact the 23-year-old was revealing his ability at three different positions over those five games masked a few of his potential issues offensively.
Now, Cabrera gets results at the plate, aswell.
He previously his second straight three-hit game Friday night in the Yankees 3-2 make an impression on the Athletics.
Cabrera tripled to right field against left-hander JP Sears in the 3rd inning and added singles in the fifth and sixth innings. Even though he made an out, it had been a liner to right in the eighth.
The youngster also made an excellent running catch in right field. His only mistake came when he got picked off in the sixth.
Cabrera in addition has now started at four different spots on the field second base, third base and shortstop, along with right field.
And he hasnt struck out in his past five games.
Cabrera also offers provided the Yankees with a switch-hitter, something these were lacking with Aaron Hicks practically glued to the bench during a disastrous slump.
Its what the Yankees were searching for if they promoted Cabrera from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to serve in a computer program role.
But thats not absolutely all.
For an extremely young player, he plays free and possible for it being his first taste of the big leagues, Boone said Friday. Thats not necessarily easy to come across. It is possible to tell he loves playing the overall game.
Since his arrival, he’s got been a normal in the lineup, helping spell DJ LeMahieu (still coping with a sore toe), and also serve as outfield depth with Hicks struggling and Giancarlo Stanton not prepared to go back to the field after missing over per month with left Achilles tendinitis.
Cabreras average exit velocity is 89.4 mph, just behind LeMahieu and Anthony Rizzo (89.6), and before Andrew Benintendi (89.2) and Isiah Kiner-Falefa (86.4).
Hes fun to view, Stanton said of the rookie whom the Yankees signed out of Venezuela in 2015 for $100,000, in exactly the same class and for exactly the same deal as Deivi Garcia.
Cabrera has hit well because the 2020 minor league season was canceled because of COVID-19, posting an OPS of .803 with Double-A Somerset, where he spent the majority of last season, after not playing above High-A before 2021.
He continued to create in a nine-game stint with SWB last season and did so again this season, having an .832 OPS in 47 games at Triple-A before his promotion to The Bronx.
He looks comfortable and confident on both sides, said one AL scout. Its prematurily . to state if its sustainable, but you can find what to like about him.
And he’s got provided a boost to a team that has been lagging.
The Yankees have won five straight games with Cabrera starting and contributing in every of these.