Braves sign Dominican pitching prospect

The Braves added another promising pitching prospect to their stable of young arms by signing 16-year-old Dominican right-hander Mauricio Cabrera.

The Boston Red Sox were among other teams that pursued Cabrera, who is the younger brother of Cubs Double-A pitching prospect Alberto Cabrera.

Braves general manager Frank Wren confirmed the signing, but declined to comment on the amount of Cabrera’s signing bonus.

Baseball America reported that Cabrera received a “high six-figure” bonus.

Cabrera is 6-foot-2 and about 180 pounds, and scouts say he features a curveball, relatively advanced change-up (for a pitcher so young), and a fastball that’s been clocked in the upper-80-mph range.

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NRBQ

July 3rd, 2010
9:56 pm

The Santa Domingo Braves just keep getting better and better.

We are rocking with players who’s names end with a vowel.

The Devil Wears Prado Jerseys

July 3rd, 2010
10:46 pm

If he’s already throwing in the high 80’s at 16 then the kid must have a really live arm. Good addition to the organization.

JC from DR!

July 3rd, 2010
11:44 pm

Santo Domingo. SantO Domingo! SantO0O0O!!!

Sowega

July 4th, 2010
12:49 am

Braves seem to be on a roll under Wren signing Latin free agent prospects. This seems to be a trend mirrored by other successful organizations.

What?

July 4th, 2010
1:16 am

Do they still make baseball players in the USA?

Another Dave

July 4th, 2010
1:52 am

“Do they still make baseball players in the USA?”, just ask the Heywards. If you can play at the highest level then welcome to the camp. The purest meritocracy in the land.

jim

July 4th, 2010
8:01 am

What is the story with TV covereage today? I have MLB Extra Innings and the game is not listed in their upcoming games.

Mike S

July 4th, 2010
8:45 am

Dang 16 yrs old with a High 80’s FB, Plus Curveball, and solid change. I hope this kids arm holds together. The braves are building a heck iof a stable of young arms. Between Teheran, Vizciano and now Cabrera we will hopefully get one< two if lucky, Plus starters in a few years to join Jurrjens and Medlen.

Mike Jay

July 4th, 2010
9:08 am

Brave’s have always had a strong presence south of the border. This goes way back to when Cox was the GM and he put a precedent on scouting and development. it was carried on with Schureholz and now Wren.

16 years old 6′2 and 180 lbs. Wow. Tell him to go easy on the curveball at such a young age.

A dude

July 4th, 2010
10:25 am

Many women have liked my presence south of the border.

robdawg08

July 4th, 2010
10:28 am

Does the signing of a 16 year-old kid deserve its own blog ? No.

Braves need to sign some hitters too.

robdawg08

July 4th, 2010
10:29 am

I see many Tommy John surgeries in his future with all those curve balls.

VP

July 4th, 2010
12:18 pm

Tim Hudson, Prado, Heyward are all All stars.

VP

July 4th, 2010
12:22 pm

In a seriously WTF moment:

Omar Infante made the all star team!!!!!!!!!!!!!

VP

July 4th, 2010
12:23 pm

Brian Mcann made the all star team as well.

timmy2times

July 4th, 2010
12:23 pm

no glaus….but infante….wtf

timmy2times

July 4th, 2010
12:24 pm

and no wags….crazy

Rodney Ho

July 4th, 2010
12:24 pm

All Star picks for the Braves: Hudson, Infante, McCann, Prado, Heyward

timmy2times

July 4th, 2010
12:26 pm

manuel is only taking howard….holy crap

VP

July 4th, 2010
12:26 pm

What’s up with Infante over Glaus???

timmy2times

July 4th, 2010
12:26 pm

i guess he figured he could add werth as a replacement for heyward

nola braves fan

July 4th, 2010
12:27 pm

Infante! gotta hand it to Charlie.. he realizes how good/important that guy is…

timmy2times

July 4th, 2010
12:28 pm

i hope bobby out of retirement next year to manage the all star team…cause the bravos are going to the series

timmy2times

July 4th, 2010
12:28 pm

damn…bobby comes out

timmy2times

July 4th, 2010
12:30 pm

why the hell is wells asking manuel about the phillies during a selection show…lets hear more about the all stars…db’s

VP

July 4th, 2010
12:30 pm

It seems according to Charlie, utility player is a new position added there so he picked Omar Infante.

Congrats to Omar and the rest of the team. It’s been a while since the Braves had five players on the team. Like the good ol’ days.

VP

July 4th, 2010
12:31 pm

You are asking for logic from David Wells?

nola braves fan

July 4th, 2010
12:33 pm

good call VP.. sounds like utility man is a spot on the roster. and prob a good idea seeing how important the game is (still redic that this game counts…)

VP

July 4th, 2010
12:36 pm

I just wish Heyward didn’t suffer this injury. He could wowed a national audience.

We will go get ‘em in the WS Jason.

The Devil Wears Prado Jerseys

July 4th, 2010
12:55 pm

Infante over Glaus was strange, but Glaus’s numbers have slumped a bit the last couple of weeks so I wasn’t really expecting him to make it. A real snub is Joey Votto of Cincinnati. The guy leads the league in OPS. Billy Wagner and Heath Bell being left out of the bullpen was also puzzling.

Some weird choices by Charlie Manuel, but I’m thrilled for Omar. Didn’t see that one coming.

tvsportscaster

July 4th, 2010
1:04 pm

I don’t think Infante made the team, that was a mistake earlier by ESPN, they confused him with Martin Prado. Infante is not on the team and Billy Wagner is one of the five finalists fans can vote on.

TXDawg

July 4th, 2010
3:26 pm

You guys who think it was Infante over Glaus are delusional. Listen to the program. Infante was picked as the NL’s best Utility Player, a huge honor especially considering this is the first year for a pick of this kind. Glaus’s potential for being picked was absolutely different from the selection of Infante.
What Glaus has done for the Braves doesn’t necessarily translate into All-Star status. While he has helped ignite the Braves offense, it’s still a team game and if the other players weren’t getting on base he wouldn’t have had anyone to drive home. IMO him being voted in/out could go either way. Not to ride the fence, but I think there are other 1B in the NL better than him so I have no problem with him being left off.

robdawg08

July 5th, 2010
1:34 pm

I’m a big Infante fan but utility players have no place on the all-star team over players that are in the lineup every day. Brave or no Brave. Its not his fault that he isn’t a starter but it isn’t Dan uggla’s (with 16 homeruns) either…

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