If the Indians hope to make it to the playoffs in 2012, a lot will rest in the bat of all-star shortstop Asdrúbal Cabrera. The 26-year-old switch hitter is coming off a career year that earned him his first ever all-star appearance and silver-slugger award.
Cabrera finished the season with a career high 25 home runs and 92 RBI. He also hit .273 and stole 17 bases. He also didn't let the tribe down defensively with a couple of insane bare-handed plays.
Cabrera's breakout 2011 was rewarded by the Cleveland Indians. On April 1st, he received a new two year, $16.5 million extension that will keep him in Cleveland through 2014. Cabrera is expected to hit second for the Indians in 2012.