Melky Astacio Cabrera (born August 11, 1984 in Santo Domingo Oeste, Dominican Republic) is a center fielder for the New York Yankees, a Major League Baseball team.
Cabrera was signed by the New York Yankees on November 13, 2001, at age 17. In 2002, at age 18, he made his professional debut with the Yankees Rookie League affiliate in the Dominican Summer League. He made his first minor league appearance with the Rookie-Advanced team in the NY Penn League with the Staten Island Yankees in 2003, batting .283 with 31 RBI in 67 games. In 2004, he moved up to Class A with the Battle Creek Yankees, hitting .333 with 16 RBI in 42 games before being promoted to the high Class A Tampa Yankees, where he hit .288 with 51 RBI in 85 games to finish the season. In 2005, Cabrera started off with the Class AA Trenton Thunder, hitting .275 with 60 RBI in 106 games. At the end of June, he was called up to the Class AAA Columbus Clippers. On July 7, 2005, he made his major league debut. However, he only played six games before he was moved back down to Columbus. In 2006, he started the season in Columbus, but due to injuries to Hideki Matsui and Gary Sheffield, he became the everyday left fielder for
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