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Keith Law's Grapefruit League takeaways: Mining Florida for its East Coast gems

Shortstop Willy Adames was one of several bright spots among Tampa Bay's backfields. Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire

The Rays have had a rotten run of pitcher injuries so far this spring, with two pitchers who were expected to help the major-league rotation at some point in 2018 going down for the year with Tommy John surgery. There was some bright news on their backfields this month in the advance of lefty Genesis Cabrera, who showed a tremendous four-pitch mix that marks him as a potential mid-rotation starter.

Cabrera was electric in his outing against Baltimore’s Double-A roster, sitting 93-96 mph with a plus changeup at 84-85, a relatively new cutter at 86-87 that flashed plus as well, and a show-me slow curveball at 73-75. His arm works well, and he threw strikes with everything while also working well to his glove side. He’s not very physical, maybe 6-1, 170-175 pounds, so it’s not clear what kind of workload he’ll be able to handle ... but the Rays have largely become a twice-through-the-order team anyway, so it may not matter.