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PostSubject: Ramon Cabrera | C NEWS   Sat Dec 08, 2012 9:33 pm


Ramon Cabrera will begin the season at either Double-A Erie or Triple-A Toledo. (MiLB.com)
Tigers acquire Cabrera, give Oliver fresh start

By Jason Beck / MLB.com | 12/05/12 8:35 PM ET

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- For the second time in as many chances, the Tigers have gone to the Winter Meetings at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center and traded for a promising hitter named Cabrera. This one was a little smaller than the last.

Instead of a Triple Crown winner, the Tigers acquired a switch-hitting catching prospect in their deal Wednesday afternoon, sending Andy Oliver to Pittsburgh for Ramon Cabrera. They'll take it.

In the process, the Tigers' first -- and perhaps only -- deal of these Winter Meetings closed Oliver's roller-coaster Tigers tenure and gives him what they hope is a fresh start in another organization.

"We thought that perhaps a change of scenery would not be a bad thing," team president/general manager Dave Dombrowski said.

The Tigers drafted Oliver with a second-round pick in 2009. A year later, he was pitching in Detroit's rotation, making a handful of starts as a replacement for Rick Porcello. He struggled before being sent to Triple-A Toledo after the All-Star break, but he showed the power-lefty potential that the Tigers saw in him.

He was on the doorstep of the big leagues, but after two more starts in a brief stint with the Tigers in 2011, his career seemingly turned. He had solid numbers at Double-A Erie and Triple-A Toledo in 2010, but went 13-22 with a 4.79 ERA over the next two years as a Mud Hen, walking 168 batters over 265 innings with 255 strikeouts.

And yet, with his talent, he put himself in a solid position to compete for the Tigers' open rotation spot last spring with an impressive opening stretch of camp. That bid fell apart in the second half of camp as his walk total rose, landing him back at Toledo for a third season.

"We couldn't get him to throw strikes on a consistent basis," Dombrowski said. "And if he does, with his arm, he has a chance to be a very fine pitcher."

By the end, Oliver was pitching out of the Mud Hens' bullpen. If he was going to compete for a job with the Tigers next spring, it would've been as a reliever.

Instead, he'll go to camp with the Pirates with a chance at a few different roles.

"He seems capable of doing a lot of roles for us," Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said. "We like the arm, like the fastball, the breaking ball, like how he does things. And as tough as is to give up young switch-hitting catcher that we like, a lot, we felt Andrew was a good addition to our club."

Said Dombrowski: "I think it's a good gamble on their part, and I hope it works out."

The 23-year-old Cabrera was a Florida State League batting champion at Class A Bradenton in 2011 before batting .276 with three home runs and 50 RBIs between Double-A Altoona and Triple-A Indianapolis this past season. The 5-foot-8, 195-pounder owns a .292 batting average in his five-year minor league career, but just a .400 slugging percentage.

Cabrera will not compete for the Tigers' backup catcher role, even if Detroit doesn't add another backstop. He'll begin the season at either Erie or Toledo, depending on if fellow catching prospect Bryan Holaday wins the backup job in Detroit.

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


"If you have to choose between power and speed and it often turns out you have to make that choice, you've got to go for speed." Source: TV Guide Interview (April 3, 1982)
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PostSubject: Re: Ramon Cabrera | C NEWS   Thu Feb 07, 2013 5:33 pm



Ramon Cabrera
2013 Rank: 20
ETA: 2013
Position: C
Age: 23, DOB: 11/05/1989
Bats: S, Throws: R
Height: 5' 8", Weight: 195
Signed: Apr. 11, 2008 - PIT
Scouting Grades* (present/future): Hit: 4/6 | Power: 3/3 | Run: 3/3 | Arm: 5/5 | Field: 4/5 | Overall: 4/5

The son of one-time big leaguer Alex Cabrera, Ramon came to the Tigers from the Pirates in last December’s Andy Oliver trade. He’s shown an ability to barrel up the ball and make consistent contact to all fields. His approach gives him the chance to hit for a high average, but though he’s strong, power is not at all a part of his offensive game. He moves very well behind the plate and exhibits soft hands. He has a solid average arm strength, but has thrown out just 22 percent of would-be basestealers over the course of his Minor League career. As he moves to the highest levels of the Minors, his first chance at proving he can be a regular behind the plate may not be too far away.


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PostSubject: Re: Ramon Cabrera | C NEWS   Mon Feb 18, 2013 2:42 am



Top Prospects: Cabrera, DET

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2013 MLB.com Top Prospects: Cabrera is a contact-first hitter who?s shown an ability to hit for average


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PostSubject: Re: Ramon Cabrera | C NEWS   Fri Mar 14, 2014 10:41 pm

Marte released as Tigers make first spring cuts

By Adam Berry / MLB.com | 3/12/2014 5:56 P.M. ET

LAKELAND, Fla. -- The Tigers made their first round of Spring Training roster cuts Wednesday morning, sending out eight players and unconditionally releasing right-hander Luis Marte.

Marte hasn't pitched for the Tigers since 2012, when he posted a 2.82 ERA in 22 1/3 innings over 13 appearances. The 27-year-old righty pitched in three games for Triple-A Toledo last year before undergoing season-ending surgery on his right shoulder. Marte was designated for assignment when the Tigers signed outfielder Rajai Davis this offseason.

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said the decision to release Marte, rather than reassign him, was simply a product of the numbers game.

"He wasn't going to make the big league club, and it was a situation where there really wasn't a spot in Triple-A for him," Ausmus said. "You never want to tell someone that you're releasing them, but the truth is it's better now than later, [because] you have an opportunity to catch on with somebody else.

"He's a great kid, a classy kid. Worked hard. It just wasn't going to work here. Hopefully he can catch on in another organization."

Left-hander Casey Crosby and right-hander Melvin Mercedes were optioned to Triple-A Toledo, while right-hander Jose Valdez and catcher Ramon Cabrera were optioned to Double-A Erie. Right-hander Drew VerHagen, lefties Duane Below and Robbie Ray and catcher James McCann were reassigned to Detroit's Minor League camp.

Ausmus said he and pitching coach Jeff Jones were impressed by VerHagen's mound presence and ability, but the 23-year-old could use more experience. The same could be said for Ray, acquired in the deal that sent Doug Fister to Washington, but Ausmus added that the 22-year-old lefty also needs to refine his secondary offerings before he's Major League-ready.

"I was actually impressed with Robbie," Ausmus said. "He's one of the few guys who has -- we've talked about kind of a swing-and-miss fastball. It plays up a couple miles per hour on the radar gun. But I think it's important for him to not only go down and gain experience, but work on his secondary pitches -- specifically the breaking ball, and see if we can tighten that up. But I certainly liked how he pitched.

"He's definitely close. A lot of it's going to depend on the secondary pitches. If he commands his secondary pitches, he's going to be a Major League pitcher, because his fastball plays in the Major Leagues right now."

After their first wave of spring roster moves, the Tigers have 46 players remaining in Major League camp.

Adam Berry is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @adamdberry. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


"If you have to choose between power and speed and it often turns out you have to make that choice, you've got to go for speed." Source: TV Guide Interview (April 3, 1982)
-- Sparky Anderson
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