Asdrubal Cabrera Speaker Profile
Shortstop for the Cleveland Indians
Asdrubal Cabrera Biography
Asdrubal Cabrera was born November 13, 1985 and is aswitch-hitting infielder for the Cleveland Indians of Major League Baseball.
After coming up through the Seattle Mariners organization,he was acquired by the Indians on June 30, 2006, in exchange for Eduardo Perez.Cabrera spent the remainder of the 2006 season at Cleveland's Triple-A minorleague team, the Buffalo Bisons.
Cabrera was a non-roster invitee to the Indians 2007 springtraining but was reassigned to their minor league camp March 16. He started2007 at Double-A with the Akron Aeros and was named to the Eastern Leaguemid-season All-Star team. He was promoted to the Indians' Triple-A affiliate,Buffalo Bisons July 30 and then to Cleveland August 7. Cabrera made his majorleague debut the following night against the White Sox, starting at secondbase. He was hitless in three at-bats and scored a run after he was hit by apitch in the sixth inning. Four days later, Cabrera picked up his first major leaguehit, a double, against Mike Mussina of the New York Yankees. Cabrera's firsthome run came August 18, 2007, off Jason Hammel of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays ina 8-1 victory for the Indians. Cabrera eventually assumed Cleveland's everydaysecond baseman job despite being a natural shortstop, taking over for anineffective Josh Barfield.
In 2007, Cabrera helped power the Indians to a tie for thebest record in baseball (96-66 with the Boston Red Sox) with his late inningheroics. Cabrera batted .375 (21 for 56) in the 7th inning or later. For goodluck, Cabrera wears a white beaded necklace which was made for him by hiswife. In the 2007 postseason, he became the first baseball player namedAsdrubal to ever compete in the American League Championship Series.
At Progressive Field on May 12, 2008, Cabrera turned the14th unassisted triple play in MLB history against the Toronto Blue Jays in thesecond game of a doubleheader. In the fifth inning, with Toronto's MarcoScutaro on first base and Kevin Mench on second, Cabrera dove and caught a LyleOverbay liner, stepped on second base before leading runner Mench could return,and then tagged Scutaro who had already passed second base. Ron Hansen, who hadturned an unassisted triple play in 1968, was in attendance to witnessCabrera's feat.
On June 9, 2008, Cabrera was optioned to Triple-A Buffaloafter hitting a team low .184 with 14 RBI in 52 games. Barfield was called backup to take his place. During his stay in Buffalo, Cabrera hit .326 in 34 gameswith 25 runs, seven doubles, four homers and 13 RBI. He was also namedInternational League Batter of the Week after hitting .394, going 13 for 33,with three doubles, three homers and six RBI. Cabrera was called back up to theIndians on July 18, and has since hit .261 (30 for 115) with 3 homers, raisinghis season average (with the Indians) from .184 to .216.
Cabrera hit his first career grand slam against New YorkYankees' pitcher Anthony Claggett to highlight a 14-run second inning for theIndians on April 18, 2009 at new Yankee Stadium, and had a career high fourhits and five RBI as the Indians went on to win 22-4.
He made two rehab starts on July 12 and 13, 2010 with theMahoning Valley Scrappers, the Indians' Short-Season A affiliate, going 2-for-6with a walk, double, and 2 RBI in a 10-5 loss and 4-2 win at EastwoodField. Cabrera began his stint with the AA Akron Aeros on July 15, 2010 formore rehab work in his recovery from a broken left forearm. He was activatedfrom the 60-day disbaled list on July 20.
Cabrera resides in Anzoategui, Venezuela with his wife,Lismar, and his son.
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