Daniel Cabrera still has three seasons of high school baseball in his career at John Curtis. But that didn’t stop Cabrera from making a commitment to LSU on Tuesday night.
“I fell in love with LSU, and I knew that’s where I wanted to go,” Cabrera said. “So there was no point in me waiting.”
Cabrera, who plays outfielder and pitcher, also was considering Vanderbilt, TCU, North Carolina, Florida and Tulane.
But several factors helped him decide to be Tiger.
“I thought LSU had good academic support and baseball tradition, and I liked the atmosphere,” Cabrera said. “Plus, it’s close to home. I wanted to win a national championship, and I think LSU gave me the best chance to do that.”
Cabrera batted .392 with 13 doubles, five triples and 31 RBIs as a freshman. He had a .618 slugging percentage and a .492 on-base percentage.
On the mound, he was 6-0 with a 2.04 ERA.
He posted victories over 4A finalist Neville, 4A semifinalist West Ouachita and 3A quarterfinalist St. Charles.
He also had a three-inning save against Class 5A quarterfinalist Brother Martin.
“The first thing is his work ethic,” Patriots coach Johnny Curtis said. “He has a thirst for being an improved player every time he goes out. He takes the offseason very seriously. He’s gotten stronger and faster, and it has made him the dynamic player he is. He brings some physical tools that some players don’t have.”
The 6-foot, 180-pound Cabrera will play mostly in right field this season and will move to center field his junior and senior seasons when he isn’t pitching.
“Daniel has a lot of things in front of him,” Curtis said. “We are going to be cautious with him with his pitching, and he understands that. As he gets older he will know that when the game is on the line, he is going to have the ball on the mound.”
Cabrera has just one simple goal for his sophomore season though.
“Win a state championship,” he said.