Cabrera has been a big-time base-stealer since he stole 25 in his rookie year in 2009. He bounced up and down between AAA and the majors for much of his career before breaking out last season with 44 steals. In 296 games with the Padres, Cabrera has been successful on an outstanding 81 of 99 steal attempts.
He isn’t much of a hitter with a .240 career average, but he balances it out with a good batter’s eye. He had a very solid 9.6 percent walk rate last season and walked over 11 percent of the time during his minor league career.
Cabrera has virtually no power as he has just five career home runs and 177 of his 239 career hits have been singles. He also isn’t going to score many runs in the Padres lineup, so he is basically a one-category player.
At any other position, Cabrera wouldn’t be a great pick. At shortstop, however, there is a dearth of fantasy value. After the top few guys there is not much of a difference in value at the position. Taking Cabrera and his 40, even 50-steal potential very late in drafts can be extremely helpful in roto leagues. He is most valuable in deeper leagues at a middle infield spot, but he even has value in standard 10-team leagues as a very cheap shortstop.