Get To Know: Infielder Trey Cabbage
Seth Stohs (SS): Growing up in Tennessee, what was your favorite team to follow, and who were some of your favorite players?
Trey Cabbage (TC): I always kept up with Todd Helton because he went to nearby Knox Central High School. He also was a Tennessee Volunteer in college. Phil Garner also went to my high school way before my time, but he came and spoke to my team and it was very influential and motivating. The team I followed was the Chicago Cubs because we live really close to their AA affiliate, the Tennessee Smokies.
SS: Drafted by the Twins in the 4th round... is that about where you thought you would be selected before the draft?
TC I really wanted to go higher in the draft, but I'm very blessed to be where I am, and I thank God for that daily.
SS: You had the commitment to play at Tennessee. How difficult was the decision to sign with the Twins, or did you know you wanted to sign all along?
TC: I knew I wanted to play professional very badly, so my family and I agreed that if we felt the situation fit, then I would do as I did; jump on it.
SS: What was the biggest adjustment you had to make, going from the high school and amateur season to the pro game? On or off the field?
TC: On the field, I felt like I adjusted quickly after about a week. I adjusted and got comfortable with the speed of the game. Off the field, I knew I had to hold myself accountable, and keep myself in the best position to succeed in my career.
SS: You primarily played shortstop in high school. You played various places in your debut in the GCL. Where do you feel most comfortable and where do you think is the best position for you?
TC: I feel comfortable anywhere on the field. I just want to play no matter where or how, I just want to be on the field.
SS: In these very early stages of your career, what would you say are your biggest strengths as a player?
TC: My work ethic and drive. I may not always be the most talented player to play, but I will never let myself be outworked.
SS: What are the things that you feel you need to improve over the offseason and going forward?
TC: I need to improve my durability. I need stay healthy, so I can be on the field ready to play.
SS: What were some of the highlights of your high school and amateur career? (What other sports or activities did you participate in?)
TC: I don't like to dwell on my previous accolades, but I am proud of being a 4 time all-state & two time All-American in baseball. I also played basketball. I wasn't the best, but I loved to play and compete with my team.
SS: So, obviously many have seen the video of you breaking a rim in a basketball game. What do you recall about when that happened, the fan and teammate reaction and such?
TC: All I heard was silence in the heat of the moment. I remember coming down and yelling in celebration. Then I heard a whistle and I thought they had called a technical on me for hanging on the rim. Next, I see my coaches and teammates pointing at the goal and I turned to see the rim dangling. I was ecstatic and it was awesome.
SS: What are your plans for the offseason. Baseball training, but also what do you enjoy doing away from the game of baseball?
TC: Yes, training. I like spending time with family and friends, while staying active such as hiking, swimming and pick up games of any sport.
SS: Who are some of the coaches and others who have helped you get to this point in your career?
TC: (I wouldn't) be where I am at without my high school coach, Chad Tate, my summer ball coaches including Todd F. Howard and Thomas "Ernie" Haire and of course, the man who taught me the game, my father.We would like to thank Trey Cabbage for taking time to answer our questions. Please feel free to comment or ask questions below.