Everth Cabrera: Key to Padres Success
When you look at the 2013 San Diego Padres you need to look no further than their emerging superstar shortstop, Everth Cabrera. Even though he recently landed on the disabled list with a wonky hamstring, Cabrera has been the key ingredient in the Padres success this season, success that nobody saw coming at the beginning of the season. Cabrera forms a nice young core for the Padres, especially around the infield with other potential studs, Yonder Alonso, Jedd Gyorko, and Chase Headley. The Padres also have guys like Cameron Maybin, Carlos Quentin, and Kyle Blanks, all of whom could have massive impacts on a ball game when playing to their potential. But ultimately, Cabrera has truly been the Padres spark plug in 2013.
When looking at Cabrera’s stats through to his injury, he was certainly on pace to make a case for an all-star bid. He was batting .305 at the time of his injury, to go along with his minimal pop with 4 home runs and 24 RBI. The areas where Cabrera really excels at is his speed and defense. Through 69 games (620 innings) this season Cabrera has committed only 4 errors, which is good for a fielding percentage of .988. He has stolen 31 bases already, and has only been caught 7 times this year. The impact Cabrera has with his legs and defense allows for him to have an impact on the game to make up for his lack of power, something he never really has possessed. His 2013 groundball percentage of 58% shows his lack of power but the fact he puts the ball in play with frequency allows for him to reach base with infield singles, and reach base via the error due to defenders needing to rush their throws to first base in order to get him out. He is just a pain for pitchers on the basepaths and opposing pitchers would rather not see Cabrera on base.
The Padres currently sit at .500, 36-36 which is good for only 3 games back of NL West leading Arizona Diamondbacks. If the Padres wish to continue to make a surprise push for a playoff spot or at least play meaningful baseball down the stretch, Cabrera is going to need to be the key. As long as he keeps getting on base for Blanks, Quentin, Headley, and Alonso to drive him in, the Padres should continue their success. Everth Cabrera, the key to the Padres 2013 success.