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BASEBALL: Former Warrior Cabrera named Rookie of the Year in Puerto Rico
PUERTO RICO – Former Rend Lake College pitcher Freddie Cabrera was named Rookie of the Year in the Puerto Rican Baseball League’s Winter Championship season 2011-12. Cabrera was officially recognized Jan. 10 at the Sports Museum of Puerto Rico in Guaynabo. The league is more than 115 years old.
Cabrera’s team, the Mayaguez Indians, led the league in team pitching with a combined ERA of 3.05, and team batting with a combined average of .296. In a 5-2 win over the Caguas Creoles, Mayaguez earned a 17th franchise national championship. The game was played before a reported attendance of 9,247 fans at the Stadium Isidore ‘Cholo’ Garcia de la Sultana Oeste.
Cabrera, a native of Isabela, Puerto Rico, pitched from 2008 to 2010 at Rend Lake. He had an ERA of 6.283 with a record of 3-5 his sophomore season. He signed with Central Methodist University. In June, the Los Angeles Dodgers selected Cabrera in the 26th round of the Major League Baseball Draft.
“Freddie is a kid that worked his butt off while he was here at Rend Lake,” said Warrior Coach Tony Etnier. “He made huge strides with his velocity, going from a mid- to upper-80s arm to a low- to mid-90s guy. I’m quite certain that his work ethic has carried over to pro ball and I look forward to following his career. To be honored as Rookie of the Year in Winter Ball in Puerto Rico is a huge honor, which he now shares with several guys who are now in, or at one point made, the big leagues.”
Cabrera is still with the Dodgers organization – playing minor league ball this season for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes in the Class A Advanced California League. He has thrown three innings, giving up three hits and a walk.
According to a release from the Puerto Rican league, the following were awarded at the ceremony in January. The list specifies the award, the recipient’s name, and his team.
MVP: Jorge Padilla (Caguas)
Leader of the Year: Lino Rivera (Caguas)
Rookie of the Year: Freddie Cabrera (Mayaguez)
Pitcher of the Year: Juan Padilla (Caguas)
Comeback Player of the Year: John Rodriguez (Ponce)
Star-Studded Team: Catcher Martin Maldonado (Mayaguez); First Baseman Randy Ruiz (Mayaguez); Second Baseman Ivan de Jesus (Ponce); Third Baseman Jeffrey Dominguez (Carolina); Short Stop Irving Falu (Mayaguez); Outfielders Miguel Negron (Mayaguez), Edgardo Baez (Caguas) and Jorge Padilla (Caguas); Left-Handed Pitcher Juan Padilla (Ponce); Reliever RJ Rodriguez (Ponce); and Designated Hitter John Rodriguez (Ponce).