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Cabrera shines in the Winter league

Watching Melky play center field for the Yanks last year was very painful indeed. He was supposed to be our best defensive outfield prospect, but flopped around like a player who never caught a fly ball before. This Winter:

Cabrera, a 21-year-old Dominican, is playing for Las Aguilas Cibaeñas this winter. Cabrera is hitting .298 (25-for-84) with six doubles, one triple, 11 RBIs, five stolen bases and an impressive .375 on-base percentage through the first 31 games of the season.

I thought it was a big mistake for the Yanks to promote the 20 year old up from Trenton-Columbus and thrust him in the spot that DiMaggio called home. He hit .211 (4-for-19) with no RBIs with us and I thought that experience could have ruined his chances of ever playing in a major league uniform. He wasn't just bad, he was awful. These types of embarrassing experiences have destroyed "many-a-player" before him. This is great news for the kid and shows a mental toughness that I didn't know he possessed.