Davey Martinez was excited to see his club face Miami Marlins’ prospect Edward Cabrera in the 23-year-old right-hander’s MLB debut last night.
“I’m anxious to see our guys face a kid like that. I really am,” the fourth-year manager said in his pregame Zoom call before Washington’s series opener in Miami on Tuesday.
“Especially our young guys. And see how they can handle him. This kid is supposed to be really good. I watched some video on him. He looks like he’s got some good stuff. So I’m really excited to see our guys match up against somebody like him and see what happens.”
What happened was that the top pitching prospect in the Marlins’ organization held Nats’ hitters to two hits and a walk through six innings, before Alcides Escobar took the second walk from the right-hander in the top of the seventh, and Josh Bell lined an 0-2 changeup out to center for a home run that tied things up at 2-2. Yadiel Hernández stepped in next, and hit a 1-1 changeup to left field to put the Nationals on top before a third walk from the starter ended his outing.
“That Cabrera’s got a live fastball,” Martinez said after what ended up a 4-3 loss for the Nats in extras.
“He’s got good command, throws a nice — I don’t even, I got to look at it, guys thought it was a splitter, some guys thought it was a changeup, but it was pretty good.
“Later in the game he got the ball up and we hit him a little bit better, but really good.”
There were some well-struck balls before the Nationals put runs on the board against the debuting Cabrera, and Martinez liked the approach from his hitters throughout the game.
“We hit some balls hard, but like I said, he stayed poised and he kept throwing strikes, and like I said, once we got the ball up a little bit, we scored some runs there off him, two big home runs, one by Yadi, one by Bell, but I thought his stuff played as well tonight.”
Tonight, Martinez’s club takes on 26-year-old Marlins’ righty Elieser Hernández, who is making his third start back following a quadriceps injury that kept him out of the rotation since early in June.