Cabrera Fine Tuning His Game in Venezuela

Ramon Cabrera is spending his winter with Leones

The newest member of the family of the Detroit Tigers does not deny his surprise change from the Pittsburgh Pirates, after being protected on the 40-man roster in hopes of debuting in the big leagues in 2013. However, he naturally takes up the challenge and is ready to continue growing as a professional.

"The change took me by surprise. I spent my whole career with the Pirates, but after I talked to several people who have experience in this, I took it more calmly", said the catcher of the Leones del Caracas. "I hope it's for good, that the team gives me the opportunity to play in the big leagues", added Ramon Cabrera, who after entering the organized baseball with Pittsburgh and reach Triple-A is only a step away from a debut in the majors.

"I'll do my job, show them what I have. If they brought me here, it's a good thing," said the 23 year old catcher who says he will continue working on what he does. "Open your eyes and show them that I'm ready to play", added the born man in Caracas; that despite his small stature can hit home runs and make good contact.

Cabrera, comes to a team full of Venezuelans, and to top it off the owners of the American League pennant in 2012. "I thought also, many Venezuelans and there are a winning team, too. Nothing better than being on a winning team", said #38, to whom Detroit welcomed last Wednesday.

His participation with the Indianapolis Indians (AAA) at the end of the 2012 minor league season had its results. "At first I did not play every day, but then I was much better, so I ended up in triple-A," said Cabrera, who in 112 games at Double-A accumulated 106 hits, 22 doubles, 3 triples, 3 homers, 50 RBIs, 39 walks and 44 strikeouts, to average .276.

His work is now reflected in the second spot of the Leones del Caracas. Now with a little more experience, and more protagonist role, says Cabrera, still learning every day and I have a great mentor position. And I need to stay active, because if it is decided that I spend most of 2013 in AAA-Toledo, I will have Bryan Holiday as holder of the position. All will depend on the performance of both of us, from spring training.

In the Venezuelan Winter League with Leones del Caracas, in 24 games, he has accumulated 14 hits, 3 doubles, one homer, 9 RBIs, 5 walks and 7 strikeouts, to average (241).

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