The term table-setter might ring a bell to you if you’ve watched enough baseball games or shows. Every baseball team at any level craves a speedster and an intelligent base runner to get things kick-started on their offense. Last season, the San Diego Padres found that in a big way with shortstop Everth Cabrera.
There was a problem though. Cabrera was the speedster and the intelligent base runner. However, he was also a guy that didn’t hit .250 and wasn’t wonderful at getting on base. This is the kind of player that is good in the field and fast on the bases. The Padres aren’t going to get twenty homers from Cabrera, and in all likelihood they know that. What they probably would like would be more hits and a higher on-base percentage.
If Cabrera can hit for around .280 average and get his on-base percentage up to a normal lead-off hitter range, not only will he have an incredible year for stolen bases, but the Padres will score more runs. All of his plus points could add up to something extremely valuable for the Padres this season. All he needs to do is get better at putting the bat on the ball, even if it’s a bunt, and getting his incredible speed on first base. Everything will flow freely from there both for Cabrera and for the team.