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December 17, 2012 2:00 am
Checking in on some hard-throwing, command-challenged pitching prospects in the Caribbean Winter Leagues
With pitchers as fragile as they are these days, most organizations would rather send their top pitching prospects home for the winter unless they happened to miss significant time during the regular season. Many of those top prospects have the mid-90's fastballs, wipe out breaking pitches, and enough command to dominate in these leagues. Those who end up pitching in the Caribbean Winter Leagues, however, typically do not. And that's why it's rare to see a performance like Alberto Cabrera had for the Toros Del Este in the Dominican Republic on Sunday. The 24 year-old Cubs prospect walked six -- this is why he's not relaxing at home for the winter -- but he tossed no-hit ball over four shutout innings with 10 strikeouts. This is why the Cubs still think he can help them in the future.