Cabrera’s best pitch by SwStr rate at 9.2%, his changeup still averaged 88.2 mph. It did drop far less than league average, which may explain why batters spat on this pitch out of the zone, swinging just 21.1% of the time.
Easily his weakest pitch last year, Cabrera’s curveball generated a -4.3 pVAL. While it did have a 37.7% O-Swing rate to pair with a 29.6% Z-Swing rate, it produced zero whiffs inside the zone and led to a 1.140 OPS. The sample was low, though; it was tossed just 80 times, and gave up six hits in that run.
With 96.4 mph average velocity and above-average movement both vertically and horizontally, Cabrera’s fastball profiles as his best pitch moving forward. Its 65.6% Z-Swing rate and 56.1% zone rate led to many called strikes, and despite its 87.2% Z-Contact rate, its .087 ISO suggested batters didn’t quite tee off on it. It was a large part of his walk problem, though â€” its 25.8% O-Swing was a large contributor to his 4.87 BB/9.