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Asdrubal Cabrera on a home run binge

Updated: April 13, 2011, 2:15 PM ET
By Eric Karabell
I check out the ESPN Player Rater from time to time, even in mid-April, just to get a chuckle at some of the names at the top, but also because I can occasionally learn things. For example, I'm happy to see Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp first on the list entering Wednesday's game since I was one of his backers in March. But at the same time, it has been only two weeks. He's also joined in the top 20 by such players as Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Jose Tabata, Arizona Diamondbacks utility guy Willie Bloomquist and everyone's folk hero, Sam Fuld, which makes me reconsider if any of it matters. After all, guys with a lot of stolen bases tend to rank high on the Player Rater.

However, I did note that as of Tuesday afternoon, there was just one player in the Player Rater top 10 with the last name of Cabrera, and it wasn't Detroit Tigers stud Miguel Cabrera. Rather it was Cleveland Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera. Yeah, it's early, and later on Tuesday, Miggy drove in the winning run and Asdrubal was one of many Indians dominated by Dan Haren, so they ended up switched by Wednesday. Then again, since the top middle infielder on the Rater is the spunky Indian, and he is now up to 97.8 percent owned, I figured it was time to take a closer look at the "other" Cabrera (we'll leave out Orlando, Melky, Everth and golf's Angel Cabrera for now).

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