Melky Cabrera, Left Field, Chicago White Sox, #53
Date of Birth: 8/11/1984
Birthplace: Bajos De Haina, Dominican Republic
Current Salary: $15,000,000
Melky Cabrera, left fielder for the Chicago White Sox, was first signed by the New York Yankees in 2001 when he was just 17 years old. He played in the Yankees' minor league system from 2003 through 2005, playing with the Yankees in just six games in 2005.
In 2006, his first full season with the Yankees, Cabrera batted .280 with 129 hits and 26 doubles in 130 games. He was a left fielder that season but moved to center field in 2007.
Cabrera had a good year with the Yankees in 2009, batting .274 with 133 hits, 28 doubles, 13 home runs, and 68 RBIs in 154 games. On August 2, 2009, he hit for the cycle. Although he played well for the Yankees, they traded him to the Atlanta Braves in December, 2009.
In 2010, his only year with the Braves, Cabrera played all three outfield positions. That year, he batted .255 with 117 hits and 27 doubles in 147 games.
Cabrera signed a one-year, $1.25 million contract with the Kansas City Royals in December, 2010. The 2011 season was Cabrera's best one, with career highs in hits (201), doubles (44), home runs (18), RBIs (87), and stolen bases (20). He batted .305 in 155 games. He played in center field in 2010.
Although Cabrera had a very good 2011 season, the Royals traded him after the season ended to the San Francisco Giants. In 2012, he batted a career high .346 with 159 hits, 25 doubles, 10 triples, and 60 RBIs in 113 games. That year, he won the All Star Game MVP. However, Cabrera's performance in 2012 is tainted by his use of PEDs that resulted in a 50 game suspension.
In November, 2012, Cabrera signed a two-year, $16 million contract with the Blue Jays. He suffered from a knee injury and back surgery in 2013 that limited his playing time to just 88 games. He finished the 2014 season with 171 hits, 35 doubles, 16 home runs, 73 RBIs, and a .301 batting average.
Cabrera signed a three-year, $42 million contract with the White Sox in December, 2014. He finished the 2015 season with 172 hits, 36 doubles, 77 RBIs, and a .273 batting average. As a left fielder, he made 220 putouts and 5 errors in 150 games.
Cabrera had a strong 2016 season, finishing with a .296 batting average. He had 175 hits, 42 doubles, 14 home runs, and 86 RBIs in 151 games. Defensively, as a left fielder in 147 games, he made 232 putouts and 3 errors.
Career batting statistics for Cabrera through 2016 include:
- 1,520 games played
- 1,609 hits
- 314 doubles
- 114 home runs
- 97 stolen bases
- 683 RBIs
- 738 strikeouts to 437 walks
- .286 batting average
Career fielding statistics for Cabrera as a center fielder through 2016 include:
- 561 games played
- 1,273 putouts
- 14 errors
- .989 fielding percentage
Career fielding statistics for Cabrera as a left fielder through 2016 include:
- 891 games played
- 1,460 putouts
- 18 errors
- .988 fielding percentage