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Get To Know: Infielder Trey Cabbage

One year ago, Trey Cabbage was beginning his senior season of basketball. He is a tremendous athlete who made a name online for himself on the court (see video below). However, it is on the baseball diamond where he hopes to become a household name for years to come. Recently, Twins Daily had the opportunity to chat with him, and our readers get a chance to know him.

In the fourth round of the 2015 draft, the Twins went back to the high school ranks to select Trey Cabbage out of Grainger High School in Rutledge, Tennessee. He signed for well over the slot value and reported to Ft. Myers where he played for the GCL Twins. In 33 games, he hit .252/.302/.269 with two doubles. However, his season came to an end early when he was shut down with some lower back pain. He reports that the back is doing well, and he’s back in Tennessee for the offseason.
Image courtesy of Jon Tarr (photo of Trey Cabbage)
Cabbage will report to Ft. Myers in March for spring training. Most likely he will begin the season in extended spring training and play for Elizabethton. That said, it’s entirely possible that he could spend some time in Cedar Rapids during the season. Let’s get to know more about Trey Cabbage:

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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.


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diehardtwinsfan
Nov 03 2015 06:49 AM


 

My work ethic and drive. I may not always be the most talented player to play, but I will never let myself be outworked.

 

 

I like that. 

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ashburyjohn
Nov 03 2015 08:34 AM
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.

 

I like that. 

How dangerous does it get, if you happen to have two guys on the team who say that? :)

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How dangerous does it get, if you happen to have two guys on the team who say that? :)

 

Cage match with Berrios.Should be fun...

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How dangerous does it get, if you happen to have two guys on the team who say that? :)

Give me 25 guys with that attitude, please.

Any concern over the lack of power? Any insights on bat speed and swing seth? Is he supposed to develop more power?

 

Any concern over the lack of power? Any insights on bat speed and swing seth? Is he supposed to develop more power?

 

Lack of power based on? 30 games in the GCL?

 

No concern whatsoever. I've watched quite a bit of video of his swing and approach at the plate during the GCL season. He's got the size and strength and frame to develop into a bit of power. That's not a concern at all. He's got a real nice swing, in my opinion.

6'3" 190 and 18 years old with that kind of athleticism (nice dunk) -- not too worried about his power numbers at this point. 

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Bob Sacamento
Nov 05 2015 11:44 AM

The power will come especially as he adds more muscle and weight to his frame, he's apparently known for his strenuous workouts in the offseason.  Having met his dad Wayne during the season, Trey has the genetics to definitely bulk up.  I'm more concerned with his flexibility as he's already had a stress reaction in his lower back this season costing him valuable time in Instructional League; he just finished rehab a few weeks ago.

 

 


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