WharfRat wrote:Hm...impressive numbers for AAA, but the tiny sample size pretty much invalidates them, since he could have just been on a hot streak. I'm not familiar with him, does he project as major-league material or what?
Absolutely. He's only 20 though, so this really is a feast or famine move.
That is - if he's successful, then it puts the Yankees in a better position at the trading deadline - as in, "We're no longer desperate"
However, if he struggles, and it gets into his head, he loses trade value, and the Yankees lose their position for a trade, resulting in typical over-paying.
He may have been called up at the request of another team (OAK?) as well.
here's some scouting reports:
Lack of plate discipline clouds Melky way
With the non-waiver trade deadline 30 days away, the Yankees earlier this week promoted the best position player currently in their minor-league system, moving 20-year-old centerfielder Melky Cabrera to Triple-A Columbus.
Cabrera's manager at Double-A Trenton, Bill Masse, said he needs work on pitch selection. His best hitting tool might be hand-eye coordination, but it also plays to his greatest flaw.
"The thing about Melky is, he has such hand-eye coordination that if there's a fastball up around his chin, he can still hit," Masse said yesterday. "And if there is a breaking ball that bounces in the dirt before the plate, he may hit that, too."
Cabrera apparently saw something he liked last night, hitting an eighth-inning grand slam to beat the Richmond Braves.
Once Cabrera improves his pitch selection, Masse said he will hit for average. In 75 games at Trenton, Cabrera was 81-for-303 (.267) with nine home runs and 44 RBIs.
Masse added that Cabrera made great strides in the field, especially with his first step. In baseball terms, he said Cabrera has a "plus arm," "plus range" and "plus speed."
Melky Cabrera, Columbus Clippers [Triple-A, Yankees]
Cabrera is on the move, having been promoted to Triple-A Columbus after hitting .272 with nine homers and 42 RBIs at Double-A Trenton. The move seems to be working as Cabrera is batting .385 (8-for-21) with three homers and seven RBI in his first six games with the Clippers. One of the Yankees top outfield prospects, the club may be accelerating Cabrera's development considering some of the problems they've had in the outfield in The Bronx.
Whether that means Cabrera actually makes it to New York this season remains to be seen. It would seem highly unlikely but injuries and age have left the Yankees outfield vulnerable and the club has promoted from within with a greater frequency this season than in the past.
Cabrera has good gap power and appears to be an average to above average center fielder, a position at which the Yanks have had problems with this season.
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