Cabrera has a tightly wound athletic body reminiscent of Justin Upton. In fact, Cabrera’s tools at the same age are very reminiscent of Upton’s. He ran the 60 in 6.34 seconds in Arizona and has an explosive first step that enables him to steal bases at will (he had 5 steals in one game in Florida) and the aggressiveness and instincts to use his speed. He throws 90-plus mph from the outfield with a very quick release and his speed will give him well above average range at any outfield position.
One PG scout remarked after seeing Cabrera for four days, "I haven’t been to Japan (or anywhere else) but I suspect that this is the best 16-year old baseball player on the planet."
Cabrera's strong athletic body and quick twitch movements all around were impressive, but it was his plus-plus raw bat speed that made him a true standout. Quality pitching from the Langley Blaze kept him off balance and he didn't square up anything in game action, but the off-balance popups he hit were towering, suggesting that when he does square the ball up that it will explode off of his bat.
Additionally, I'd like to share some photos and video, plus one more quote on his swing:
And one of his signing!
Finally, the videos which provide more interesting scouting info. We get good looks at his arm, his speed, his swing, and his bat speed (wow!)
and these two shorter videos:
In the PG scouting report above I link to, there's this comment:
Cabrera’s hitting mechanics from the right side are still on the raw side, with an early drift to his front side in games and some back side collapse on his swing, but he has electric bat speed and as much home run power as any player on the DPL roster. Any scout who saw his batting practice in Dunedin will remember the line drive he hit off the Blue Jays minor league building in left centerfield.
We hear the term "raw," a lot. From the videos, it looks like he fundamentally has decent form. A little adjustment and tweaking and refinement here and there, and he could have a textbook swing. But I'm very bad at dissecting swings. So, McCoven prospect hounds, what do you guys think of his swing? Do you agree with PG about the early drift and back side collapse?
PS> Would love FLA-giant's feedback on this, too. I miss him.