Former CMU Baseball Pitcher Cabrera Named Rookie of the Year
PUERTO RICO -- Former Central Methodist pitcher Freddie Cabrera was named 2011-12 Rookie of the Year in the Puerto Rican Baseball League's Winter Championship season. Cabrera was officially recognized at the Sports Museum of Puerto Rico in Guaynabo.
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 in 2011 in Fayette. During the season, he posted a 6-4 record with a 3.06 ERA in 15 appearances and a single-season school record 78 strikeouts. In June, the Los Angeles Dodgers selected Cabrera in the 26th round of the Major League Baseball Draft.
"It is a well-deserved honor," Central Methodist head coach Fred Smith said. "Freddie has always been a hard worker, and we are very proud of him."
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.