Marlins' phenom drawing raves

Originally Published: October 15, 2003
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN Insider
Florida infielder/outfielder Miguel Cabrera appears to have come out of nowhere at age 20, but he's been impressing scouts and beating up on pitchers for a while now.

Cabrera was 16 years old in 1999 when the Marlins gave him a signing bonus of $1.9 million, a record for a Venezuelan player. He was 18 when he first appeared in the All-Star Futures Game, and he remains the youngest participant in the five-year history of the event.

At 19, Cabrera had 43 doubles for Jupiter in the high Class-A Florida State League, which is notoriously tough on hitters. And this year, after he hit .402 in April for Double-A Carolina, the Marlins moved him from third base to left field to ease his path to the big leagues.