The Chicago Cubs righty reliever Alberto Cabrera may be in his first season out of the bullpen, but the flame-throwing 23-year-old may be nearing his first major league callup. According to John Arguello of Cubs Den, Cabrera and his plus-plus fastball may the next rookie to break into the majors:
Cabrera has flown under the radar but quietly has become the guy I consider to be the Cubs top pitching prospect, at least among those who have actually pitched this season. Ideally, you'd like your top prospect to be a starter, but the Cubs can use all the arms they can get. And another bullpen arm certainly wouldn't hurt.
Cabrera currently sports a 2.57 ERA and 2.91 FIP with the Triple-A Iowa Cubs through four appearances. In his 35 and 2/3 innings in Double-A, Cabrera struck out over 30 percent of the batters he faces while walking only 6.7percent -- good for a 2.27 ERA and 2.25 FIP.