Cabral could play important role for Yankees

Lefty specialist shined in 2013, could be more important out of pen this year
03/08/2014 10:37 AM ET
By Doug Williams

Background: Cesar Cabral is a 25-year-old lefty reliever on the Yankees. He was originally signed by the Red Sox in 2005 and was in their organization until 2011. During his seven years in the minors, Cabral finished with a 3.78 ERA.

2013 Season: Interestingly enough, Cabral didn't pitch well in both Double-A and Triple-A last season but did pitch well in the majors. He appeared in eight games for the Yankees in 2013, posting a 2.45 ERA. Cabral held lefties to a .125 average, but righties hit .400 against him.

Greatest Strength: Cabral is a typical lefty specialist with a fastball-slider combo. His strength is going to be coming out of the bullpen to get an out against a lefty as he did last season for the Yankees.

Greatest Weakness: Cabral had a less specific role in the minors, and it was obvious that his weakness is facing right-handed hitters. If Cabral gets another shot at the big leagues in 2014, he will rarely be seen facing righties.

Prediction: It's not inconceivable that Cabral wins a spot in the Yankees bullpen if they decide to carry two lefties out there. Matt Thornton will be the premier lefty specialist for the Yankees, and the other lefty (possibly Cabral or Manny Banuelos) will focus more on middle-innings. The safe bet would be that Banuelos starts the season in the minors as a starting pitcher, and that Cabral will indeed be a part of the Yankees bullpen. comments