The Miami Marlins could have a pair of aces atop their rotation in the next year or two. Sixto Sanchez had been one of the hot pitching prospects for years, and showed the potential to be an ace in his time with Miami last year. However, Sanchez may not even be the best prospect on his own team, as that honor could be given to Edward Cabrera.
It may be a bit longer for Cabrera to realize that potential in the majors. He has an inflamed nerve in his right biceps and is currently not throwing, although he is with the team in camp.
Miami Marlins right to be cautious with Edward Cabrera
At this point, the Marlins do not have a timetable for Cabrera to return. They are waiting to see what will happen, as to whether or not this issue will resolve itself on its own, or if something needs to be done.
The 68th ranked prospect according to MLB.com, Cabrera showed the potential to dominate in 2019. He posted a 2.23 ERA and a 0.993 WHiP in his 96.2 innings between the Florida State League and the Southern League, striking out 116 batters with 31 walks. Although he was likely to need some time in the minors this season due to the lost 2020 campaign, he was likely to reach the majors relatively soon.
It is easy to see why the Marlins, and prospect prognosticators, are so high on Cabrera. His fastball sits in the 95 to 97 MPH range, and he can touch triple digits with the offering while generating plenty of grounders. His slider is his out pitch, generating plenty of swings and misses. His changeup improved dramatically in 2019, and if he can continue that progression, Cabrera has the makings of a frontline starter.
But that will only happen if the Marlins are patient. While his inflamed nerve may not be anything to worry about, it makes perfect sense for Miami to wait and make certain that he is healthy. Having a potential pair of aces in Sanchez and Cabrera is far more important to the Marlins future than rushing him through any concerns with his arm.
The Miami Marlins are being cautious with Edward Cabrera. While his inflamed nerve may not be anything major, they are doing the right thing.